Astrophysics (index)

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 the apparent Gravity of a galaxy that can't be explained by the visible and inferred stars, interstellar media and other normal matter. Gravity is inferred by the velocity of the orbiting stars, generally determined by examining the Doppler-generated characteristics of the starlight. The typical inferred halo is spherical, densest in the center and about 20 times more massive than the visible portion of the galaxy.

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 kind.

(physics,galaxies,gravity,dark matter)

Referenced by:
Brightest Cluster Galaxy (BCG)
Cluster Radius
Computational Astrophysics
Conditional Stellar Mass Function (CSMF)
Galactic Halo
Halo Mass Function
Halo Abundance Matching (HAM)
Navarro-Frenk-White Profile (NFW Profile)
Semi-Analytic Model (SAM)
Spitzer HETDEX Exploratory Large Area Survey (SHELA)