Dynamics of Dwarf Galaxies Disfavor Stellar-Mass Black Holes as Dark Matter

Dynamics of Dwarf Galaxies Disfavor Stellar-Mass Black Holes as Dark Matter We study the effects of black hole dark matter on the dynamical evolution of stars in dwarf galaxies. We find that mass segregation leads to a depletion of stars in the center of dwarf galaxies and the appearance of a ring in the projected stellar surface density profile. Using Segue 1 as an example we show that current observations of the projected surface stellar density rule out at the 99.9% confidence level the possibility that more than 6% of the dark matter is composed of black holes with a mass of few tens of solar masses. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Review Letters American Physical Society (APS)

Dynamics of Dwarf Galaxies Disfavor Stellar-Mass Black Holes as Dark Matter

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Dynamics of Dwarf Galaxies Disfavor Stellar-Mass Black Holes as Dark Matter

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We study the effects of black hole dark matter on the dynamical evolution of stars in dwarf galaxies. We find that mass segregation leads to a depletion of stars in the center of dwarf galaxies and the appearance of a ring in the projected stellar surface density profile. Using Segue 1 as an example we show that current observations of the projected surface stellar density rule out at the 99.9% confidence level the possibility that more than 6% of the dark matter is composed of black holes with a mass of few tens of solar masses.
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American Physical Society (APS)
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Copyright © © 2017 American Physical Society
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0031-9007
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1079-7114
D.O.I.
10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.041102
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Abstract

We study the effects of black hole dark matter on the dynamical evolution of stars in dwarf galaxies. We find that mass segregation leads to a depletion of stars in the center of dwarf galaxies and the appearance of a ring in the projected stellar surface density profile. Using Segue 1 as an example we show that current observations of the projected surface stellar density rule out at the 99.9% confidence level the possibility that more than 6% of the dark matter is composed of black holes with a mass of few tens of solar masses.

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Physical Review LettersAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Published: Jul 28, 2017

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