The mass function of dark matter haloes Academic Article uri icon

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  • We combine data from a number of N-body simulations to predict the abundance of dark halos in Cold Dark Matter universes over more than 4 orders of magnitude in mass. A comparison of different simulations suggests that the dominant uncertainty in our results is systematic and is smaller than 10--30% at all masses, depending on the halo definition used. In particular, our ``Hubble Volume'' simulations of \tcdm and \lcdm cosmologies allow the abundance of massive clusters to be predicted with uncertainties well below those expected in all currently planned observational surveys. We show that for a range of CDM cosmologies and for a suitable halo definition, the simulated mass function is almost independent of epoch, of cosmological parameters, and of initial power spectrum when expressed in appropriate variables. This universality is of exactly the kind predicted by the familiar Press-Schechter model, although this model predicts a mass function shape which differs from our numerical results, overestimating the abundance of ``typical'' halos and underestimating that of massive systems.


  • Jenkins, A
  • Frenk, CS
  • White, SDM
  • Colberg, JM
  • Cole, S
  • Evrard, AE
  • Couchman, Hugh M
  • Yoshida, N

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  • February 21, 2001