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An efficient positive potential-density pair expansion for modelling galaxies

Rojas-Nino, A, Read, JI, Aguilar, A and Delorme, M (2016) An efficient positive potential-density pair expansion for modelling galaxies Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 459 (3). pp. 3349-3355.

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Abstract

We present a novel positive potential-density pair expansion for modelling galaxies, based on the Miyamoto–Nagai disc. By using three sets of such discs, each one of them aligned along each symmetry axis, we are able to reconstruct a broad range of potentials that correspond to density profiles from exponential discs to 3D power-law models with varying triaxiality (henceforth simply ‘twisted’ models). We increase the efficiency of our expansion by allowing the scalelength parameter of each disc to be negative. We show that, for suitable priors on the scalelength and scaleheight parameters, these ‘MNn discs’ (Miyamoto–Nagai negative) have just one negative density minimum. This allows us to ensure global positivity by demanding that the total density at the global minimum is positive. We find that at better than 10 per cent accuracy in our density reconstruction, we can represent a radial and vertical exponential disc over 0.1–10 scalelengths/scaleheights with four MNn discs; a Navarro, Frenk and White (NFW) profile over 0.1–10 scalelengths with four MNn discs; and a twisted triaxial NFW profile with three MNn discs per symmetry axis. Our expansion is efficient, fully analytic, and well suited to reproducing the density distribution and gravitational potential of galaxies from discs to ellipsoids.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Physics
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Rojas-Nino, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Read, JIUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aguilar, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Delorme, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 13 April 2016
Identification Number : 10.1093/mnras/stw846
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. This is an arXiv version of the paper.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 Apr 2016 14:26
Last Modified : 20 Jul 2016 08:56
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810417

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