20-24 March 2023
Haus H, Telegrafenberg
Europe/Berlin timezone

Precise constrained cosmological simulations of the Local Group

24 Mar 2023, 12:15
Haus H, Telegrafenberg

Haus H, Telegrafenberg

Potsdam, Germany
Contributed talk SESSION 5 : Near-field cosmology and galaxy masses beyond the Local Group SESSION 5 : Near-field cosmology and galaxy masses beyond the Local Group


Ewoud Wempe (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute)


Cosmological simulations have been used to understand the formation of structure in the LCDM paradigm on small and large scales. Most simulations start with unconstrained Gaussian initial conditions, and therefore generically do not produce good analogues of the Local Group at present day. While constrained simulations exist, these have difficulty in precisely satisfying all our observational constraints on the Local Group, and their result is not an unbiased and fair sample of the posterior distribution of LCDM universes subject to the observational constraints of the Local Group. Some applications of such a sample include putting into cosmological context our distribution of satellites, the alignment of the dark-matter haloes and their spin and the relation to the assembly history, and to determine the effect of our environment on the Local Group's spatial configuration and kinematics.

In this work, we extend the BORG algorithm (Bayesian Origin Reconstruction from Galaxies), that has already been used to model the Local Large-Scale Structure, to reconstruct the Local Group. Using this toolset, we perform a statistical inference on the history of the Local Group, following a LCDM prior on the cosmological initial conditions, and a likelihood that constrains local observational quantities, like the masses, positions, and velocities of the Milky Way and Andromeda haloes. In the near future, we plan to embed our Local Group in a realistic large-scale structure as well. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a cosmological simulation has been able to reproduce all these properties simultaneously with high precision.

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Primary author

Ewoud Wempe (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute)


Prof. Amina Helmi (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute) Dr Guilhem Lavaux (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris / CNRS, Paris) Dr Jens Jasche (Stockholm University, Stockholm) Prof. Simon White (Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching b. München)

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