GaiaDR2 extended kinematical maps. III. Rotation curves analysis, dark matter, and MOND tests
Abstract
Context. Recent statistical deconvolution methods have produced extended kinematical maps in a range of heliocentric distances that are a factor of two to three larger than those analysed in Gaia Collaboration (2018, A&A, 616, A11) based on the same data.
Aims: In this paper, we use such maps to derive the rotation curve both in the Galactic plane and in offplane regions and to analyse the density distribution.
Methods: By assuming stationary equilibrium and axisymmetry, we used the Jeans equation to derive the rotation curve. Then we fit it with density models that include both dark matter and predictions of the MOND (Modified Newtonian dynamics) theory. Since the Milky Way exhibits deviations from axisymmetry and equilibrium, we also considered corrections to the Jeans equation. To compute such corrections, we ran Nbody experiments of mock disk galaxies where the departure from equilibrium becomes larger as a function of the distance from the centre.
Results: The rotation curve in the outer disk of the Milky Way that is constructed with the Jeans equation exhibits very low dependence on R and z and it is wellfitted both by dark matter halo and MOND models. The application of the Jeans equation for deriving the rotation curve, in the case of the systems that deviate from equilibrium and axisymmetry, introduces systematic errors that grow as a function of the amplitude of the average radial velocity. In the case of the Milky Way, we can observe that the amplitude of the radial velocity reaches ∼10% that of the azimuthal one at R ≈ 20 kpc. Based on this condition, using the rotation curve obtained from the Jeans equation to calculate the mass may overestimate its measurement.
 Publication:

Astronomy and Astrophysics
 Pub Date:
 October 2020
 DOI:
 10.1051/00046361/202038736
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2007.14825
 Bibcode:
 2020A&A...642A..95C
 Keywords:

 Galaxy: disk;
 Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics;
 Astrophysics  Astrophysics of Galaxies
 EPrint:
 11 pages, 8 figures, accepted to be published in A&