Limits on the local dark matter density
1 Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Zürich
2 Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester
3 Institute for Astronomy, Department of Physics, ETH Zürich
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We study the systematic problems in determining the local dark matter density ρdm(R☉) from kinematics of stars in the Solar Neighbourhood, using a simulated Milky Way-like galaxy. We introduce a new unbiased method for recovering ρdm(R☉) based on the moments of the Jeans equations, combined with a Monte Carlo Markov Chain (MCMC) technique and apply it to real data .
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