Joint HEP/Theory Seminar: A correlation between the amount of dark matter in elliptical galaxies and their shape

We will discuss a correlation seen between the dark matter content and the ellipticity of elliptical galaxies. The analysis method for this investigation will be described and the origin of the correlation -whether it is physical or an observational/methodological bias- will be discussed. If of physical origin, the correlation found would imply that at equal luminosities, rounder medium-size elliptical galaxies appear to contain less dark matter than flatter elliptical galaxies. This would be puzzling in the context of the conventional model of cosmological structure formation. We will conclude by discussing a possible scenario explaining such correlation.

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:00am
Event Location: 
Physics 278
Event Contact: 
Event Speaker: 
Alexandre Deur (Jefferson Lab)