The dark matter halo mass function (HMF) is a characteristic property of cosmological structure formation models, quantifying the number density of dark matter haloes per unit mass in the Universe. A key goal of current and planned large galaxy surveys is to measure the HMF and to use it to test theories of dark matter and dark energy. We present a new web application for calculating the HMF—the frontend HMFcalc and the engine hmf. HMFcalc has been designed to be flexible, efficient and easy to use, providing observational and theoretical astronomers alike with the means to explore standard functional forms of the HMF or to tailor their own. We outline the theoretical background needed to compute the HMF, we show how it has been implemented in hmf, and finally we provide worked examples that illustrate HMFcalc's versatility as an analysis tool.
Astronomy and Computing
- Pub Date:
- November 2013
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
- 13 pages, 8 figures, accompanying web-application at hmf.icrar.org, submitted to Astronomy and Computing