Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

Contributed Papers

Precision astrometry, galactic mergers, halo substructure and local dark matter

S. R. Majewskia1

a1 Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4325, U.S.A. email: srm4n@virginia.edu

Abstract

The concordance Cold Dark Matter model for the formation of structure in the Universe, while remarkably successful at describing observations on large scales, has a number of problems on galactic scales. The Milky Way and its satellite system provide a key laboratory for exploring dark matter (DM) in this regime, but some of the most definitive tests of local DM await microarcsecond astrometry, such as will be delivered by the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM Planetquest). I discuss several tests of Galactic DM enabled by future microarcsecond astrometry.

Keywords

  • astrometry;
  • stars: kinematics;
  • Galaxy: halo;
  • Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics;
  • galaxies: interactions;
  • dark matter