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A new formulation of the external field effect in MOND and numerical simulations of ultra-diffuse dwarf galaxies - application to NGC 1052-DF2 and NGC 1052-DF4

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Hosein Haghi, Pavel Kroupa, Indranil Banik, Xufen Wu, Akram Hasani Zonoozi, Behnam Javanmardi, Amir Ghari, Oliver Mueller, Joerg Dabringhausen, Hongsheng Zhao

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The ultra-diffuse dwarf galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 (DF2) has 10 (11) measured globular clusters (GCs) with a line-of-sight velocity dispersion of σ=7.8+5.2−2.2 km s−1 (⁠σ=10.6+3.9−2.3 km s−1). Our conventional statistical analysis of the original 10 GCs gives σ=8.0+4.3−3.0 km s−1. The overall distribution of velocities agrees well with a Gaussian of this width. Due to the non-linear Poisson equation in MOND, a dwarf galaxy has weaker self-gravity when in close proximity to a massive host. This external field effect is investigated using a new analytic formulation and fully self-consistent live N-body models in MOND. Our formulation agrees well with that of Famaey and McGaugh. These new simulations confirm our analytic results and suggest that DF2 may be in a deep-freeze state unique to MOND. The correctly calculated MOND velocity dispersion agrees with our inferred dispersion and that of van Dokkum et al. if DF2 is within 150 kpc of NGC 1052 and both are 20 Mpc away. The GCs of DF2 are however significantly brighter and larger than normal GCs, a problem which disappears if DF2 is significantly closer to us. A distance of 10–13 Mpc makes DF2 a normal dwarf galaxy even more consistent with MOND and the 13 Mpc distance reported by Trujillo et al.. We discuss the similar dwarf DF4, finding good agreement with MOND. We also discuss possible massive galaxies near DF2 and DF4 along with their distances and peculiar velocities, noting that NGC 1052 may lie at a distance near 10 Mpc.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2441-2454
Number of pages14
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume487
Issue number2
Early online date29 May 2019
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Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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  • Gravitation, Galaxies: distances and redshifts, Galaxies: dwarf, Galaxies: individual: NGC 1052-DF2, Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics, Dark matter

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