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Constraining dark matter halo properties using lensed Supernova Legacy Survey supernovae

Abstract : This paper exploits the gravitational magnification of SNe Ia to measure properties of dark matter haloes. The magnification of individual SNe Ia can be computed using observed properties of foreground galaxies and dark matter halo models. We model the dark matter haloes of the galaxies as truncated singular isothermal spheres with velocity dispersion and truncation radius obeying luminosity dependent scaling laws. A homogeneously selected sample of 175 SNe Ia from the first 3-years of the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) in the redshift range 0.2 < z < 1 is used to constrain models of the dark matter haloes associated with foreground galaxies. The best-fitting velocity dispersion scaling law agrees well with galaxy-galaxy lensing measurements. We further find that the normalisation of the velocity dispersion of passive and star forming galaxies are consistent with empirical Faber-Jackson and Tully-Fisher relations, respectively. If we make no assumption on the normalisation of these relations, we find that the data prefer gravitational lensing at the 92 per cent confidence level. Using recent models of dust extinction we deduce that the impact of this effect on our results is very small. We also investigate the brightness scatter of SNe Ia due to gravitational lensing. The gravitational lensing scatter is approximately proportional to the SN Ia redshift. We find the constant of proportionality to be B = 0.055 +0.039 -0.041 mag (B < 0.12 mag at the 95 per cent confidence level). If this model is correct, the contribution from lensing to the intrinsic brightness scatter of SNe Ia is small for the SNLS sample.
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J. Jönsson, M. Sullivan, I. Hook, S. Basa, R. Carlberg, et al.. Constraining dark matter halo properties using lensed Supernova Legacy Survey supernovae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy P - Oxford Open Option A, 2010, 405, pp.535-544. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16467.x⟩. ⟨in2p3-00579192⟩

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