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, Volume 476 (2) – May 1, 2018

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Abstract An analytic galaxy model with ρ ∼ r−1 at small radii and ρ ∼ r−3.5 at large radii is presented. The asymptotic density fall-off is slower than the Hernquist model, but faster than the Navarro-Frenk-White (NFW) profile for dark matter haloes, and so in accord with recent evidence from cosmological simulations. The model provides the zeroth-order term in a biorthornomal basis function expansion, meaning that axisymmetric, triaxial, and lopsided distortions can easily be added (much like the Hernquist model itself which is the zeroth-order term of the Hernquist-Ostriker expansion). The properties of the spherical model, including analytic distribution functions which are either isotropic, radially anisotropic, or tangentially anisotropic, are discussed in some detail. The analogue of the mass–concentration relation for cosmological haloes is provided. galaxies: haloes, galaxies: kinematics and dynamics, dark matter 1 INTRODUCTION Analytic galaxy profiles provide simplicity for the modelling of galaxy components as well as insight into the dynamics of more realistic galaxies. For instance, the Hernquist (1990) galaxy model has the potential-density pair \begin{eqnarray} \psi _{\rm H}&=& {GM\over r+b}, \nonumber \\ \rho _{\rm H}&=& {Mb\over 2\pi }{1\over r (r+b)^3}, \end{eqnarray} (1)where b is a parameter with the dimensions of length. It is related to the effective radius (or the radius of contour of surface density enclosing half the mass) by Re = 1.815b. This profile is often used to model dark haloes which are believed to have the universal or Navarro, Frenk & White (1997, hereafter NFW) form \begin{eqnarray} \psi _{\rm NFW}&=& {4 \pi G \rho _0 r_{\rm s}^3\over r}\log (r+r_{\rm s}), \nonumber \\ \rho _{\rm NFW}&=& {\rho _0 r_{\rm s}^3 \over r (r + r_{\rm s})^2}, \end{eqnarray} (2)where rs is a scale length related to the virial radius. The asymptotic fall-off of the density in the Hernquist model is ρH ∼ r−4, so it avoids the defect of infinite mass which afflicts the NFW halo with ρNFW ∼ r−3. Additionally, the Hernquist model is often used to represent bulges and elliptical galaxies as it follows the de Vaucouleurs (1953) profile to a good approximation. In this paper, we introduce the super-NFW (or sNFW) model, which has density and potential pair: \begin{eqnarray} \psi _{\rm sNFW}&=& {GM \over r + a + \sqrt{a}\sqrt{r + a}} \nonumber \\ \rho _{\rm sNFW}&=& {3M\sqrt{a} \over 16 \pi }{1 \over r(r+a)^{5/2}}, \end{eqnarray} (3)where a is related to the effective radius by Re = 5.478a. Why is it ‘super-NFW’? The model provides a good match to cosmological haloes, but it has finite mass as the density falls off more slowly like ρsNFW ∼ r−3.5. This is slower than the Hernquist model, but faster than the NFW. Recent work on the splashback radius (Diemer et al. 2017) suggests that the density of cosmological haloes drops more rapidly than NFW, but slower than Hernquist, at large radii. There are of course other models in the literature that have ρ ∝ r−1 at the centre and have an asymptotic fall-off with logarithmic gradient between −3 and −4 (e.g. An & Evans 2006; An & Zhao 2013). The sNFW model, however, has another special property – it is the zeroth-order term of a biorthogonal expansion (Lilley et al. 2017, hereafter Paper II). The potential-density pairs of arbitrarily distorted sNFW models are, therefore, straightforward to construct. This is important as cosmological dark haloes show many deviations from spherical symmetry, and therefore a spherical model is only good to crudest order. The sNFW model is part of the general double-power-law family investigated by Zhao (1996) and subsequently studied in detail by An & Zhao (2013), namely \begin{eqnarray} \rho (r) = {C \over r^\gamma (1 + r^{1/\alpha })^{(\beta -\gamma )\alpha }}, \end{eqnarray} (4)where C is a normalization constant. In Zhao's notation, the sNFW model has (α, β, γ) = (1, 3.5, 1). Zhao was the first to note that the potential is simple. The sNFW model is also the b = 7/2 member of the generalized NFW family \begin{eqnarray} \rho (r) = {C \over r (1 + r)^{b-1}}, \end{eqnarray} (5)studied in Evans & An (2006), who give asymptotic results for the dynamical quantities for the whole family. In general, however, biorthogonal basis sets for these entire families of models are not known, meaning that it is hard to build axisymmetric or triaxial analogues. This, however, is not the case for the sNFW model, as we show in our accompanying Paper II. 2 THE MODEL 2.1 Isotropic distribution functions Let us use units in which G = a = 1 and M = 2, so that the central value of the sNFW potential is ψsNFW(0) = 1. The enclosed mass is \begin{eqnarray} M(r) = 2 - {2+3r \over (1+r)^{3/2}}, \end{eqnarray} (6)so that the half-mass radius is r1/2 = 7.29086. The potential ψ(r) can be inverted simply by setting $$x = \sqrt{1 + r}$$ and solving the resulting quadratic in x; the form of r(ψ) is then \begin{eqnarray} r(\psi ) = {4- \psi -\sqrt{\psi (8+\psi )}\over 2 \psi }, \end{eqnarray} (7)so that the density ρ can be expressed as \begin{eqnarray} \rho (\psi ) = {3\psi \, \left(4-\psi +\sqrt{\psi (8+\psi )}\right)\, \left(\psi + \sqrt{\psi (8+\psi )}\right)^5 \over 2^{16} \pi (1-\psi )}. \end{eqnarray} (8) The isotropic distribution function (DF) is then given by Eddington (1916) as \begin{eqnarray} F(E) = {1\over \sqrt{8}\pi ^2}{d\over dE}\left[ \int _0^E{{\rm d}\rho \over {\rm d}\psi } {{\rm d}\psi \over \sqrt{E-\psi }}\right]. \end{eqnarray} (9)This can be evaluated exactly as \begin{eqnarray} F(E) &=& {3\over 7\cdot 2^{10}\pi ^3(8+E)(1-E)^2}\Bigl [ 252\frac{8+E}{\sqrt{2(1-E)}} \arcsin \sqrt{E}\nonumber \\ &&+\, P_1(E)\sqrt{\frac{E}{2}} + P_2(E)\,{\rm E}\!\left(-\frac{E}{8}\right) + P_3(E)\,{\rm K}\!\left(-\frac{E}{8}\right) \nonumber \\ &&+\, 189(8+E)\,{\rm \Pi }\!\left(E,-\frac{E}{8}\right)\Bigr ], \end{eqnarray} (10)where E, K, and Π are complete elliptic integrals and the Pi are the polynomials given in Appendix. This is more complicated than the isotropic DF of the Hernquist Model, but simpler than the isotropic DF of the NFW model, which was first numerically constructed (Widrow 2000; Łokas & Mamon 2001) and then analytically derived by Evans & An (2006). In Fig. 1, we show the isotropic DF of this model against that of the Hernquist and NFW models. To compare all three models, we use the halo scale length rs, which is defined as the radius at which the logarithmic slope of the density attains the isothermal value, that is \begin{eqnarray} \left. \frac{{\rm d} \log {\rho }}{{\rm d} \log {r}}\right|_{{\rm r}=r_{\rm s}} = -2. \end{eqnarray} (11)For the Hernquist model we find rs = b/2; for sNFW rs = 2a/3, and for NFW the initial choice of rs already satisfies this property. As the form of the cusp is the same at small radii (ρ ∼ 1/r), so the DFs of all three models diverge like (1 − E)−5/2 as E → 1. However, for stars close to the binding energy (E → 0), the Hernquist DF behaves like E5/2, the sNFW like E2, and the NFW like E3/2. The density of states is \begin{eqnarray} g(E) = (4 \pi )^2 \int _0^{r_E} r^2 \sqrt{ 2 (E-\psi )} {\rm d}r, \end{eqnarray} (12)where rE is the maximum radius of orbit with energy E (Binney & Tremaine 2008). After some calculation, we obtain \begin{eqnarray} g(E) &=& \frac{4\sqrt{2}\pi ^2}{3 E^2}\Big\lbrace 12\arccos {\left(\sqrt{E}\right)}\frac{1+E}{\sqrt{E}}\nonumber\\ &&+\, 12(1-E)^{3/2}(2E+3) \end{eqnarray} (13) \begin{eqnarray} \hphantom{g(E)+}&&+\,\sqrt{8+E}\big[(2E^2+7E-16)\,{\rm E}\left(\phi , \kappa ^2\right)\nonumber\\ && +\, E(1-2E)\,{\rm F}\left(\phi , \kappa ^2\right) \big] \Big\rbrace, \end{eqnarray} (14)where F and E are incomplete elliptic integrals,1 with argument $$\phi \equiv \arctan \sqrt{(1-E)/E}$$ and modulus κ2 ≡ 8/(8 + E). The density of states for the sNFW model is compared to that of the Hernquist and NFW models in Fig. 2. Figure 1. View largeDownload slide The isotropic DFs F(E) of the sNFW model (red) compared to the DFs of the Hernquist model (black) and NFW model (blue). The three models have the same central value of the potential and the same halo scale length rs. Figure 1. View largeDownload slide The isotropic DFs F(E) of the sNFW model (red) compared to the DFs of the Hernquist model (black) and NFW model (blue). The three models have the same central value of the potential and the same halo scale length rs. Figure 2. View largeDownload slide The density of states g(E) of the super-NFW model (red) compared to the Hernquist (black) and NFW (blue) models. Figure 2. View largeDownload slide The density of states g(E) of the super-NFW model (red) compared to the Hernquist (black) and NFW (blue) models. The isotropic velocity dispersion is \begin{eqnarray} \langle v_{\rm r}^2 \rangle &=& {1\over 6r(1+r)} \big [6 - 9 r - 176 r^2 -406 r^3 - 350 r^4 - 105 r^5 \nonumber \\ &-&\sqrt{1+r}\left(6-12r -88r^2-120r^3 -48r^4\right) \nonumber \\ &+& 3r^2(1+r)^{7/2}\left(35{\rm arccosh}\sqrt{r} - 16\log \left( 1+ \frac{1}{r}\right) \right). \end{eqnarray} (15)The circular velocity curve (or rotation curve) is \begin{eqnarray} v_{\rm circ}^2 = {2(1+r)^{3/2} -3r -2 \over r(1+r)^{3/2}}. \end{eqnarray} (16) In Fig. 3, the velocity dispersion profile and the circular velocity curve are shown for this model, as well as for the Hernquist and NFW models. Both the velocity dispersion and the rotation curve of the sNFW model have the desirable feature that they fall off much more slowly than for the Hernquist model. This is useful in modelling elliptical galaxies. For example, Gerhard et al. (2001) found that the circular velocity profiles of giant ellipticals are flat to within 10 to 20 per cent between 0.2Re and at least 2Re, independent of luminosity. Figure 3. View largeDownload slide The velocity dispersion (full) and rotation curve (dotted) of the sNFW model (red) compared to the Hernquist (black) and NFW (blue) models plotted against radius (in units of rs). Note the peaks of the rotation curve and velocity dispersion of the models are comparable, but the decline for the Hernquist model takes place more quickly than for the sNFW and NFW models. Figure 3. View largeDownload slide The velocity dispersion (full) and rotation curve (dotted) of the sNFW model (red) compared to the Hernquist (black) and NFW (blue) models plotted against radius (in units of rs). Note the peaks of the rotation curve and velocity dispersion of the models are comparable, but the decline for the Hernquist model takes place more quickly than for the sNFW and NFW models. 2.2 Anisotropic distribution functions Analyses of kinematic data suggest that most elliptical galaxies are close to isotropic (Gerhard et al. 2001). Anisotropy is usually parametrized via \begin{eqnarray} \beta = 1 - {\langle v_\theta ^2 \rangle + \langle v_\phi ^2 \rangle \over 2\langle v_{\rm r}^2 \rangle }, \end{eqnarray} (17)where angled brackets denote averages over the DF. Gerhard et al. (2001) find that −0.5 ≲ β ≲ 0.5 in their study of giant ellipticals. Mild radial anisotropy is most common, though some tangential anisotropic elliptical galaxies are known. We now develop two models that bracket the range of relevant anisotropies. The DF of a spherical system with constant anisotropy is \begin{eqnarray} F(E,L)=L^{-2\beta }f_E(E). \end{eqnarray} (18)The unknown function fE(E) can be recovered from the integral inversion formula (see e.g. Wilkinson & Evans 1999; Evans & An 2006) \begin{eqnarray} f_E(E)= \frac{2^\beta (2\pi )^{-3/2}}{\Gamma (1-\lambda )\Gamma (1-\beta )}\ \frac{{\rm d}}{{\rm d}E}\!\int _0^E\frac{{\rm d}\psi }{(E-\psi )^\lambda } \frac{{\rm d}^nh}{{\rm d}\psi ^n}, \end{eqnarray} (19)where h = r2βρ is expressed as a function of ψ, and n = ⌊(3/2 − β)⌋ and λ = 3/2 − β − n are the integer floor and the fractional part of 3/2 − β. This includes the Eddington (1916) formula for the isotropic DF as a special case (β = 0). For the radially anisotropic model when β = 1/2, the expression for the DF reduces to \begin{eqnarray} F(E,L)=\frac{1}{2\pi ^2}\frac{1}{L} \left. \frac{{\rm d}h}{{\rm d}\psi }\right|_{\psi =E} = {f_E(E)\over L}, \end{eqnarray} (20)which for our model becomes \begin{eqnarray} f_E(E) = \frac{15 \left( E + \sqrt{E(E+8)} +4\right) \left(E +\sqrt{E (E\!+\!8)}\right)^4}{2^{13} \pi \sqrt{E(E\!+\!8)}}. \end{eqnarray} (21)The radial velocity dispersion is \begin{eqnarray} \langle v_{\rm r}^2 \rangle &=& {1\over 6r(r+1)} \biggl [ 12\left(\sqrt{r+1}-1\right)\nonumber\\ &&+\, 10 r^3 \left(-6 r+3 \sqrt{r+1}-20\right)\nonumber \\ &&+\,75r^2\sqrt{r+1}-232 r +55\sqrt{r+1}-104r \nonumber \\ &&+\,30 r (r+1)^{7/2} \left(\log \left(\frac{r}{r+1}\right) + 2\,\text{arccsch}\sqrt{r}\right) \Biggr ]. \end{eqnarray} (22)The analogous radially anisotropic (β = 1/2) DFs for the Hernquist model is very simple and was discovered by Baes & Dejonghe (2002) and Evans & An (2005). For the tangentially anisotropic model when β = −1/2, the expression for the DF further reduces to \begin{eqnarray} F(E,L)=\frac{L}{2\pi ^2} \left. \frac{{\rm d}^2h}{{\rm d}\psi ^2}\right|_{\psi =E} = L f_E(E), \end{eqnarray} (23)where \begin{eqnarray} &&{f_E(E)}\nonumber\\ &\!=\!&{3E^{3/2}(E\!+\!\sqrt{E(E+8)})^4 (36\!-\!19E\!-\!5E^2\!+\!\sqrt{E(E\!+\!8)}(9\!-\!3E))\over 2^{12}\pi ^3 \sqrt{E\!+\!8}(1\!-\!E)(E\!+\!\sqrt{E(8\!+\!E)}\!-\!4)^2}\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\nonumber\\ \end{eqnarray} (24)whilst the second moment is \begin{eqnarray} \langle v_{\rm r}^2 \rangle &\!=\!&{1 \over 12 r(r\!+\!1)} \big[\! -15 r^3 (r+1)^{7/2} \left(\!21 \text{arccsch} \sqrt{r} \!+\! 8 \log {r\over r\!+\!1}\right)\nonumber \\ &+& 8(\sqrt{r\!+\!1}\!-\!1)\!+\!5r^2 (6 \sqrt{r\!+\!1}\!-\!7)+ 44r^3 (5 \sqrt{r\!+\!1}-12)\nonumber \\ &-&3 r^4(406 -100 \sqrt{r+1})- 5r^5(21 r-8 \sqrt{r\!+\!1}+70)\big]. \end{eqnarray} (25) Fig. 4 shows the line-of-sight velocity dispersions for the sNFW model for the three choices of anisotropy ($$\beta = \frac{1}{2},0$$, and $$-\frac{1}{2}$$). The equivalent results for the Hernquist and NFW models are also shown. As expected, radial anisotropy leads to an enhancement of the line-of-sight dispersion near the centre (where the dotted curves lie above the full curves). Tangential anisotropy causes the line-of-sight dispersions to be enhanced above the isotropic case in the outer parts (where the dashed curves lie above full curve). Note that the line-of-sight dispersion profiles of the sNFW model show a more gradual decline with distance than the Hernquist model. This is in good accord with the data on nearly round elliptical galaxies, which show slow declines out to ≈2Re (Kronawitter et al. 2000). Figure 4. View largeDownload slide The line-of-sight velocity dispersions for the sNFW, Hernquist, and NFW models plotted against projected distance (in units of rs). Full lines are the isotropic model, dotted radially anisotropic ($$\beta = \frac{1}{2}$$) and dashed tangentially anisotropic ($$\beta = -\frac{1}{2}$$). Figure 4. View largeDownload slide The line-of-sight velocity dispersions for the sNFW, Hernquist, and NFW models plotted against projected distance (in units of rs). Full lines are the isotropic model, dotted radially anisotropic ($$\beta = \frac{1}{2}$$) and dashed tangentially anisotropic ($$\beta = -\frac{1}{2}$$). Overall, the sNFW model gives somewhat more complicated expressions for quantities (such as the DFs) than the Hernquist model. The pay-back is that the density profile falls off more slowly (ρsNFW ∼ r−3.5) and so the rotation curve and velocity dispersion profiles are much flatter. This is much more like the observed behaviour of elliptical galaxies and dark matter haloes. 3 COMPARISONS 3.1 Sersic and de Vaucouleurs Profile Traditionally, the light profiles of elliptical galaxies and bulges have been fitted by the de Vaucouleurs (1953) profile, which is \begin{eqnarray} \log _{10} \left( {\Sigma (R)\over \Sigma (R_{\rm e})} \right) = - 3.331 \left[ \left( {R\over R_{\rm e}}\right)^{1/4} -1\right]. \end{eqnarray} (26)Here, Re is the effective radius, or the radius of the isophote that encloses half the luminosity. Caon, Capaccioli & D'Onofrio (1993) examined the photometric profiles of a large sample of elliptical galaxies and argued for use of the more general Sersic (1968) law \begin{eqnarray} \log _{10} \left( {\Sigma (R) \over \Sigma (R_{\rm e})} \right) \approx 0.8686(0.1635-n) \left[\left({R\over R_{\rm e}}\right)^{1/n}-1\right], \end{eqnarray} (27)where the Sérsic index n satisfies 2 ≲ n ≲ 10. The de Vaucouleurs profile is the case n = 4, whilst n = 1 corresponds to an exponential. The photometric profiles of bulges were studied by Andredakis, Peletier & Balcells (1995), who found that bulges of S0s are well fitted by a de Vaucouleurs profile, whilst bulges of late-type spirals are better fitted by an exponential. To compare the sNFW model against these photometric laws, we must first compute its projected density. This is \begin{eqnarray} \Sigma (R) = \frac{(R+1) (R+3) \, {\rm K}\!\left(\frac{R-1}{2 R}\right)-8 R \, {\rm E}\!\left(\frac{R-1}{2 R}\right)}{2^{3/2} \pi \sqrt{R} \left(R^2-1\right)^2}. \end{eqnarray} (28)The half-light or effective radius is Re = 1.81527. Assuming a constant mass-to-light ratio, Fig. 5 shows the surface brightness of the de Vaucouleurs profile, together with the Hernquist and sNFW models between 0.1 and 2Re. The sNFW model is a better global fit than the Hernquist model to the de Vaucouleurs profile. Beyond ≈5Re, however, the sNFW surface density falls off rather more slowly than both the Hernquist and de Vaucouleurs profiles. Figure 5. View largeDownload slide The surface density of the sNFW model (red), the Hernquist model (black), and the de Vaucouleurs profile (dashed). Figure 5. View largeDownload slide The surface density of the sNFW model (red), the Hernquist model (black), and the de Vaucouleurs profile (dashed). More formally, we can fit the projected densities of both the Hernquist and sNFW models between 0.1 and 2Re to the Sérsic profiles. The Hernquist model gives n = 3.388 and the sNFW n = 4.200. Given the range of properties of elliptical galaxies and bulges, both profiles are useful. The Hernquist model is a better match to n ≈ 3 Sérsic profiles, whilst the sNFW is a better match to n ≈ 4 (de Vaucouleurs profile). 3.2 Numerical halo fitting Dark matter haloes are often parametrized in terms of their virial mass Mv, virial radius rv, and concentration c (Diemer & Kravtsov 2015). The virial mass is the mass contained within a spherical shell of radius rv, that is Mv = M(rv). Once a particular model is chosen to fit the halo, the length scale is parametrized using the concentration parameter c = rv/rs, where rs is the halo scale length as defined in equation (11). For the NFW model, in the notation of equation (2), we have \begin{eqnarray} \rho _{\rm NFW}= \frac{M_{\rm v}}{4\pi } \, \left(\log (1+{c_{\rm NFW}}) - \frac{{c_{\rm NFW}}}{1+{c_{\rm NFW}}}\right)^{-1} \, \frac{1}{r \left(r + r_{\rm v}/{c_{\rm NFW}}\right)^2}.\!\!\!\!\!\! \nonumber\\ \end{eqnarray} (29)The analogous definition for the sNFW model is \begin{eqnarray} \rho _{\rm sNFW}&=& \frac{3^{3/2}M_{\rm v}}{8\pi } \, \left(1 - \frac{1+{c_{\rm sNFW}}}{\left(1 + 2{c_{\rm sNFW}}/3\right)^{3/2}}\right)^{-1}\nonumber\\ &&\times\,{(r_{\rm v}/{c_{\rm sNFW}})^{1/2}\over {r\left(2r + 3r_{\rm v}/{c_{\rm sNFW}}\right)^{5/2}}}.\nonumber\\ \end{eqnarray} (30)We have fitted both the NFW and sNFW model to 10 numerically constructed dark matter haloes extracted from cosmological simulations (for more details on their provenance, see Paper II). Four of these fits are shown in Fig. 6, and the relation between the derived concentration parameters for the two models, along with a best-fitting line, is shown in Fig. 7. We notice that the sNFW model does at least as good a job as the NFW profile in fitting the shapes of these 10 haloes. The concentration csNFW of the best-fitting sNFW model is related to that of the best-fitting NFW model via \begin{eqnarray} {c_{\rm sNFW}}= 1.36 + 0.76{c_{\rm NFW}}. \end{eqnarray} (31)This gives an easy way to transform the mass–concentration relations for NFW models, given for example in equations (8) and (9) of Dutton & Macciò (2014), to provide a cosmologically inspired sequence of sNFW dark haloes. Figure 6. View largeDownload slide Fits of the sNFW and NFW models to the radial density profile of four dark matter haloes extracted from a cosmological N-body simulation. The numerical halo data are binned logarithmically, and the virial mass of each halo is inlaid. Figure 6. View largeDownload slide Fits of the sNFW and NFW models to the radial density profile of four dark matter haloes extracted from a cosmological N-body simulation. The numerical halo data are binned logarithmically, and the virial mass of each halo is inlaid. Figure 7. View largeDownload slide Concentrations for 10 numerical haloes as fitted by the sNFW and NFW models. The line of best fit is shown. Figure 7. View largeDownload slide Concentrations for 10 numerical haloes as fitted by the sNFW and NFW models. The line of best fit is shown. 4 CONCLUSIONS We have introduced the sNFW model. This is a potential-density pair useful for representing spherical bulges, elliptical galaxies, and dark haloes. The radial force component is very simple, namely \begin{eqnarray} F_{\rm r} = \nabla \psi = \frac{\sqrt{a} GM}{r^2 \sqrt{a+r}}+\frac{\sqrt{a} GM}{2 r (a+r)^{3/2}}-\frac{GM}{r^2}. \end{eqnarray} (32)This should make the model useful for N-body work. The density of the sNFW model falls like ρsNFW ∼ r−1 near the centre, and like ρsNFW ∼ r−3.5 on the outskirts. This gives it two important advantages over competitors like the Hernquist model: first, it is a better match to the de Vaucouleurs profile in the inner parts, so it is useful for modelling the light profiles of elliptical galaxies and bulges. Its density falls off somewhat more slowly than the Hernquist model (ρH ∼ r−4), which makes it a better match to the line-of-sight velocity dispersion profiles of ellipticals at large radii. Secondly, the asymptotic density fall-off is closer to the density profile of numerically constructed haloes, which approximately follow the NFW form and have ρNFW ∼ r−3 at large radii. The advantage of using a sNFW model rather than an NFW model is that we have provided a suite of DFs (isotropic, radially and tangentially anisotropic) for the sNFW model, whereas the DFs of the NFW model are not elementary (Evans & An 2006). There are of course many other models with central density cusps like ρ ∼ r−1 and with asymptotic decays between ρ ∼ r−3 and ρ ∼ r−4 (e.g. An & Evans 2006) or halo models with finite mass (e.g. Navarro et al. 2004; Zhao & Silk 2005). In particular, An & Zhao (2013) provide a compendium of properties of spherical double-power-law models, some of which can also provide equally good matches to the density profiles of dark haloes. However, these models do not readily generalize to arbitrary distorted geometries. We show in our companion Paper II that the sNFW model has another remarkable property. It can be used to form a new bi-orthonormal basis function expansion in a manner analogous to that discovered by Hernquist & Ostriker (1992) for the Hernquist model itself. Amongst other advantages, this means that the model can be easily extended to flattened, triaxial, and lopside geometries. 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