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Yale: Team Puts Dark Matter on the Map

Postby bystander » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:45 pm

Yale-led Team Puts Dark Matter on the Map
Yale University | 2017 Mar 01

A Yale-led team has produced one of the highest-resolution maps of dark matter ever created, offering a detailed case for the existence of cold dark matter — sluggish particles that comprise the bulk of matter in the universe.

The dark matter map is derived from Hubble Space Telescope Frontier Fields data of a trio of galaxy clusters that act as cosmic magnifying glasses to peer into older, more distant parts of the universe, a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.

Yale astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan led an international team of researchers that analyzed the Hubble images. “With the data of these three lensing clusters we have successfully mapped the granularity of dark matter within the clusters in exquisite detail,” Natarajan said. “We have mapped all of the clumps of dark matter that the data permit us to detect, and have produced the most detailed topological map of the dark matter landscape to date.” ...

Mapping substructure in the HST Frontier Fields cluster lenses and in cosmological simulations - Priyamvada Natarajan et al
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