Dark Matter (DM) is an ingredient essential to the current cosmological concordance model. It provides the gravitational pull needed for the baryons to form galaxies. Therefore, the existence of galaxies without DM is both disquieting and extremely interesting. Guo et al. recently presented "further evidence for a population of DM-deficient dwarf galaxies", however, their analysis bypasses the triaxiality of the dwarf galaxies. We carry out a Monte Carlo simulation showing how triaxiality must be considered to measure dynamical masses from projected axial ratios, calling into question the evidence for a population of DM-deficient dwarf galaxies. Such a population may consist of normal almost face-on HI disks with their inclination overestimated.
Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- December 2019
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies;
- Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
- To appear as a RNAAS