Dark matter caustics in galaxy clusters

Onemli V. K., SIKIVIE P.

PHYSICS LETTERS B, vol.675, pp.279-282, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 675
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.physletb.2009.04.027
  • Journal Name: PHYSICS LETTERS B
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.279-282
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


We interpret the recent gravitational lensing observations of Jee et al. [M.J. Jee. et al., Astrophys. J. 661 (2007) 728] as first evidence for a caustic ring of dark matter ill a galaxy cluster. A caustic ring unavoidably forms when a cold collisionless flow falls with net overall rotation ill and out of a gravitational potential well. Evidence for caustic rings of dark matter was previously found in the Milky Way and other isolated spiral galaxies. We argue that galaxy clusters have at least one and possibly two or three caustic rings. We calculate the column density profile of a caustic ring ill a cluster and show that it is consistent with the observations of Jee et al. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.