G.A. Mamon, F. Combes, C. Deffayet and B. Fort (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 20 (2006) 69-76
Some Systematic Properties of Rotation Curves
Department of Astronomy,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
The rotation curves of spiral galaxies obey strong scaling relations. These include the Tully-Fisher and baryonic Tully-Fisher relations, and the mass discrepancy–acceleration relation. These relations can be used to place constraints on the mass-to-light ratios of stars. Once the stellar mass is constrained, the distribution of dark matter follows. The shape of the dark matter distribution is consistent with the expectations of NFW halos exterior to 1 kpc, but the amplitude is wrong. This is presumably related to the long-standing problem of the normalization of the Tully-Fisher relation and may imply a downturn in the amplitude of the power spectrum at small scales. More fundamentally, the persistent success of MOND remains a troubling fact.
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