• Nature and distribution of dark matter: 1. Dwarf spheroidals and milky way

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      dark matter; dwarf spheroidals; neutrinos; Milky Way

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      We argue that observations on Milky Way and dwarf spheroidals imply existence of individual haloes around dwarf spheroidals. If neutrinos (or any other ‘hot’ particle) provide the dark matter then we show that: (i) Embedding of visible matter inside large (∼ few Mpc) dark matter islands is observationally untenable. (ii) Dwarf spheroidals possess dark matter haloes of about 10 kpc radius around them, and have an (M/L) ratio of about 104. (iii) The haloes of spiral galaxies (e.g. Milky Way) extend to about 100 kpc in radius. If ‘cold’ dark matter makes up the haloes, then no significant constraints are obtained. We discuss briefly the effect of these constraints on larger scales.

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      T. Padmanabhan1 M. M. Vasanthi1

      1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Bombay - 400005
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