The SWELLS survey: IV. Precision measurements of the stellar and dark matter distributions in a spiral lens galaxy

Barnabe, M., Dutton, A. A., Marshall, P. J., Auger, M. W., Brewer, B. J., Treu, T., Bolton, A. S., Koo, D. C. & Koopmans, L. V. E., Jun-2012, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 423, 2, p. 1073-1088 16 p.

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  • Matteo Barnabe
  • Aaron A. Dutton
  • Philip J. Marshall
  • Matthew W. Auger
  • Brendon J. Brewer
  • Tommaso Treu
  • Adam S. Bolton
  • David C. Koo
  • Leon V. E. Koopmans

We construct a fully self-consistent mass model for the lens galaxy SDSS J2141 at redshift 0.14, and use it to improve on previous studies by modelling its gravitational lensing effect, gas rotation curve and stellar kinematics simultaneously. We adopt a very flexible axisymmetric mass model constituted by a generalized NavarroFrenkWhite (NFW) dark matter halo and a stellar mass distribution obtained by deprojecting the multi-Gaussian expansion fit to the high-resolution K'-band laser guide star adaptive optics imaging data of the galaxy, with the (spatially constant) mass-to-light ratio as a free parameter. We model the stellar kinematics by solving the anisotropic Jeans equations. We find that the inner logarithmic slope of the dark halo is weakly constrained, i.e. , and consistent with an unmodified NFW profile; we can conclude, however, that steep profiles (?= 1.5) are disfavoured (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1088
Number of pages16
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2012


  • gravitational lensing: strong, galaxies: fundamental parameters, galaxies: haloes, galaxies: kinematics and dynamics, galaxies: spiral, galaxies: structure, INITIAL MASS FUNCTION, SPECTROSCOPICALLY SELECTED SAMPLE, MULTI-GAUSSIAN EXPANSION, TO-LIGHT RATIOS, 2-DIMENSIONAL KINEMATICS, SLACS LENSES, ADIABATIC CONTRACTION, INTERNAL STRUCTURE, ELLIPTIC GALAXIES, SCALING RELATIONS

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