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We propose a form for dark haloes that embodies the fundamental aspect of Milgrom's modified dynamics (MOND): the discrepancy between the visible mass and the Newtonian dynamical mass appears below a critical acceleration. This is a halo having a density distribution, at least to several tens of kpc, of the form Sigma(0)/r, where Sigma(0), is a constant of surface density which does not vary from galaxy to galaxy. To avoid rising rotation curves, such a density distribution must obviously steepen beyond some radius, and we have chosen the Hernquist model in which the density falls as 1/r(4) beyond a characteristic scale. We show that, assuming that the visible (baryonic) matter is some constant fraction of the dark matter, spiral galaxies with such haloes exhibit a Tully-Fisher law of the observed form. In a sample of 10 spiral galaxies with well-determined extended rotation curves this halo, combined with the observable matter, can successfully model the observed curves. Moreover, in the seven most luminous galaxies, the best-fitting models have about the same value of Sigma(0) and are effectively one-parameter fits as in MOND (mass-to-light of the visible disc). The one-parameter description, however, does break down for the three dwarf galaxies in the sample with the lowest internal accelerations.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)360-366
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - 15-jan-1994

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