The Distribution of Dark Mass in Galaxies

Techniques, Puzzles, and Implications for Lensing
  • Penny D. Sackett
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUS, volume 173)


Gravitational lensing is one of a number of methods used to probe the distribution of dark mass in the Universe. On galactic scales, complementary techniques include the use of stellar kinematics, the kinematics and morphology of the neutral gas layer, kinematics of satellites, and the morphology and temperature profile of X-ray halos. These methods are compared, with emphasis on their relative strengths and weaknesses in constraining the distribution and extent of dark matter in the Milky Way and other galaxies. It is concluded that (1) the extent of dark halos remains ill-constrained, (2) halos need not be isothermal, and (3) the dark mass is probably quite flattened.


Dark Matter Rotation Curve Dark Halo Halo Star Maximum Disk 
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  • Penny D. Sackett
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  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteGroningenThe Netherlands

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