Constraining sterile neutrino cosmologies with strong gravitational lensing observations at redshift z ∼ 0.2
Vegetti, S.; Despali, G.; Lovell, M.R.; Enzi, W.
Dr Mark Lovell email@example.com
We use the observed amount of subhaloes and line-of-sight dark matter haloes in a sample of 11 gravitational lens systems from the Sloan Lens ACS Survey to constrain the free-streaming properties of the dark matter particles. In particular, we combine the detection of a small-mass dark matter halo by Vegetti et al. with the non-detections by Vegetti et al. and compare the derived subhalo and halo mass functions with expectations from cold dark matter (CDM) and resonantly produced sterile neutrino models. We constrain the half-mode mass, i.e. the mass scale at which the linear matter power spectrum is reduced by 50 per cent relatively to the CDM model, to be log Mhm[M⊙] < 12.0 (equivalent thermal relic mass mth > 0.3 keV) at the 2σ level. This excludes sterile neutrino models with neutrino masses ms < 0.8 keV at any value of L6. Our constraints are weaker than currently provided by the number of Milky Way satellites, observations of the 3.5 keV X-ray line, and the Lyman α forest. However, they are more robust than the former as they are less affected by baryonic processes. Moreover, unlike the latter, they are not affected by assumptions on the thermal histories for the intergalactic medium. Gravitational lens systems with higher data quality and higher source and lens redshift are required to obtain tighter constraints.
Vegetti, S., Despali, G., Lovell, M., & Enzi, W. (2018). Constraining sterile neutrino cosmologies with strong gravitational lensing observations at redshift z ∼ 0.2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 481(3), 3661-3669. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/sty2393
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Aug 31, 2018|
|Online Publication Date||Sep 4, 2018|
|Publication Date||Dec 11, 2018|
|Deposit Date||Oct 18, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||Oct 18, 2018|
|Journal||Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society|
|Publisher||Royal Astronomical Society|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
Published Journal Article
This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
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