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Testing the Nature of Dark Matter with Narrow-line Lensing
October 22, 201811:30 am – 12:30 pm (CDT)

Testing the Nature of Dark Matter with Narrow-line Lensing


Anna Nierenberg (University of California, Irvine)



Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics & Astronomy

College Station, Texas 77843

Event Details

The abundance of low mass dark matter halos (M_vir <10^9 M_sun) provides key insight into the nature of dark matter, as this abundance depends on the free-streaming length of dark matter at early times and thus its particle properties. Measuring the abundance of low mass halos is difficult as stars become increasingly poor tracers of structure on these scales owing to the complex and not yet well understood physics of star formation in these systems. I will present two complementary approaches to resolving these issues. I will present a novel approach to gravitational lensing which makes it possible directly measure the subhalo mass function to masses well below the mass scale of the missing satellite problem in a much larger sample of systems than previously possible. I will conclude by discussing future prospects for these programs given the next generation of ground and space based facilities.

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