Modeling the Connection Between Subhalos and Satellites in Milky Way-Like Systems

14 Sep 2018Ethan O. NadlerYao-Yuan MaoGregory M. GreenRisa H. Wechsler

We develop a comprehensive and flexible model for the connection between satellite galaxies and dark matter subhalos in dark matter-only zoom-in simulations of Milky Way (MW)-mass host halos. We systematically identify the physical and numerical uncertainties in the galaxy--halo connection and simulations underlying our method, including i) the influence of host halo properties, ii) the relationship between satellite luminosities and subhalo properties, including the effects of reionization, iii) the relationship between satellite and subhalo locations, iv) the relationship between satellite sizes and subhalo properties, including the effects of tidal stripping, v) satellite and subhalo disruption due to baryonic effects, and vi) artificial subhalo disruption and orphan satellites... (read more)

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