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dark matter halo

(dark halo, halo)
(hypothetical dark matter throughout and surrounding a galaxy)

A dark matter halo is the dark matter portion of a galaxy which extends throughout the visible galaxy and further out, thus as a halo. Dark matter explains apparent additional gravity of a galaxy, galaxy cluster, or other large structures beyond that explained by the visible and inferred stars, interstellar media and other normal matter. The amount of gravity is inferred by the velocity of the orbiting stars, determined by examining Doppler shifts of the starlight.

The typical inferred halo is spherical, densest in the center and about 5 times more massive than the visible portion of the galaxy. The halo of a substantial galaxy such as the Milky Way includes satellite galaxies and globular clusters, which are presumed to form around volumes of extra dark-matter density, termed subhalos (sub-halos). Lambda-CDM model predicts more subhalos than known evidence confirms, so evidence of additional subhalos (e.g., tidal effects on stellar streams) is of interest.

Dark matter halo can also refer to a region of dark matter throughout a galaxy cluster, presumably somewhat less dense than regions around the individual galaxies. The term cluster dark matter halo is sometimes used to distinguish this usage.

(physics,galaxies,gravity,dark matter)
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brightest cluster galaxy (BCG)
conditional luminosity function (CLF)
cluster radius
computational astrophysics
core-cusp problem
conditional stellar mass function (CSMF)
dark galaxy
dark matter
dark matter filament
dwarf galaxy problem
galactic disk
galactic halo
globular cluster (GC)
gravitational instability model
halo mass function
halo abundance matching (HAM)
Navarro-Frenk-White profile (NFW profile)
semi-analytic model (SAM)
Spitzer HETDEX Exploratory Large Area Survey (SHELA)
weak lensing (WL)