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Multi-stream Portrait of the Cosmic Web

We report the results of the first study of the multi-stream environment of dark matter haloes in cosmological N-body simulations in the Λ cold dark matter cosmology. The full dynamical state of dark matter can be described as a three-dimensional sub-manifold in six-dimensional phase space – the dark matter sheet. In our study we use a Lagrangian sub-manifold x = x(q,t) (where x and q are comoving Eulerian and Lagrangian coordinates, respectively), which is dynamically equivalent to the dark matter sheet but is more convenient for numerical analysis. Our major results can be summarized as follows. At the resolution of the simulation, i.e. without additional smoothing, the cosmic web represents a hierarchical structure: each halo is embedded in the filamentary framework of the web predominantly at the filament crossings, and each filament is embedded in the wall-like fabric of the web at the wall crossings. Locally, each halo or sub-halo is a peak in the number of streams field. The number of streams in the neighboring filaments is higher than in the neighboring walls. The walls are regions where number of streams is equal to three or a few. Voids are uniquely defined by the local condition requiring to be a single-stream flow region. The shells of streams around haloes are quite thin and the closest void region is typically within one and a half friends-of-friends radius from the center of the halo.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 452, 1643, 2015

Nesar S. Ramachandra* and Sergei F. Shandarin* * KU Authors