Dark matter simulations require statistical techniques to properly identify and classify their halos and structures. Nonparametric solutions provide catalogs of these structures but lack the additional learning of a model-based algorithm and might misclassify particles in merging situations. With mixture models, we can simultaneously fit multiple density profiles to the halos that are found in a dark matter simulation. In this work, we use the Einasto profile to model the halos found in a sample of the Bolshoi simulation, and we obtain their location, size, shape, and mass. Our code is implemented in the R statistical software environment and can be accessed on https://github.com/LluisHGil/darkmix.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science