The structure of dark halos carries signatures of their mass, dynamical state, and the nature of dark matter itself. Some of the most constraining signals can be found in the outskirts of galaxy clusters, which have recently become observationally accessible via satellite distributions and weak lensing. However, to harness the rapid progress promised by future instruments such as VRO/LSST and Roman, we need to understand which signals can realistically tell us about halos and dark matter. I will describe novel algorithms that analyze the dynamics of simulated dark matter particles in unprecedented detail. Based on these methods, I will discuss a more physical understanding of halo density profiles, more accurate modeling of the large-scale distribution of matter, and more reliable tracking of substructure. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to provide a practical, halo-based framework to infer cluster properties and fundamental physics from a combination of multi-wavelength observables.
Yale Astronomy Colloquium - Benedikt Diemer
Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 2:30pm
University of Maryland
Galaxy clusters as dark matter laboratories
Kline Tower Room 509 A & B