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2015MNRAS.454.3810M - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 454, 3810-3815 (2015/December-3)

Ultra-diffuse cluster galaxies as key to the MOND cluster conundrum.


Abstract (from CDS):

Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) reduces greatly the mass discrepancy in clusters of galaxies,but does leave a global discrepancy of about a factor of 2 (epitomized by the structure of the Bullet Cluster). It has been proposed, within the minimalist and purist MOND, that clusters harbour some indigenous, yet undetected, cluster baryonic (dark) matter (CBDM), whose total amount is comparable with that of the observed hot gas. Koda et al. have recently identified more than a thousand ultra-diffuse, galaxy-like objects (UDGs) in the Coma cluster. These, they argue, require, within Newtonian dynamics, that they are much more massive than their observed stellar component. Here, I propound that some of the CBDM is internal to UDGs, which endows them with robustness. The rest of the CBDM objects formed in now-disrupted kin of the UDGs, and is dispersed in the intracluster medium. The discovery of cluster UDGs is not in itself a resolution of the MOND cluster conundrum, but it lends greater plausibility to CBDM as its resolution. Alternatively, if the UDGs are only now falling into Coma, their large size and very low surface brightness could result from the inflation due to the MOND, variable external-field effect (EFE). I also consider briefly solutions to the conundrum that invoke more elaborate extensions of purist MOND, e.g. that in clusters, the MOND constant takes up larger than canonical values of the MOND constant. Whatever solves the cluster conundrum within MOND might also naturally account for UDGs.

Abstract Copyright: © 2015 The Author Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015)

Journal keyword(s): Gravitation - galaxies: clusters: general - dark matter

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