Stacy McGaugh (CWRU Astronomy) [note time]
Tue. October 11th, 2016, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
*Note that the seminar may be pushed back to 11:30-12:30.
The Radial Acceleration Relation in Rotationally Supported Galaxies
We report a correlation between the radial acceleration traced by rotation curves and that predicted by the observed distribution of baryons. The same relation is followed by 2693 points in 153 galaxies with very different morphologies, masses, sizes, and gas fractions. The correlation persists even when dark matter dominates. Consequently, the dark matter contribution is fully specified by that of the baryons. The observed scatter is small and largely dominated by observational uncertainties. This radial acceleration relation is tantamount to a natural law for rotating galaxies.