The Splashback Radius of Halos from Particle Dynamics. I. The SPARTA Algorithm
Abstract
Motivated by the recent proposal of the splashback radius as a physical boundary of darkmatter halos, we present a parallel computer code for Subhalo and PARticle Trajectory Analysis (SPARTA). The code analyzes the orbits of all simulation particles in all host halos, billions of orbits in the case of typical cosmological Nbody simulations. Within this general framework, we develop an algorithm that accurately extracts the location of the first apocenter of particles after infall into a halo, or splashback. We define the splashback radius of a halo as the smoothed average of the apocenter radii of individual particles. This definition allows us to reliably measure the splashback radii of 95% of host halos above a resolution limit of 1000 particles. We show that, on average, the splashback radius and mass are converged to better than 5% accuracy with respect to mass resolution, snapshot spacing, and all free parameters of the method.
 Publication:

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
 Pub Date:
 July 2017
 DOI:
 10.3847/15384365/aa799c
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1703.09712
 Bibcode:
 2017ApJS..231....5D
 Keywords:

 cosmology: theory;
 dark matter;
 methods: numerical;
 Astrophysics  Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
 EPrint:
 19 pages, 13 figures. Minor changes to match the version published in ApJS