Fully relativistic treatment of decaying cold dark matter in N-body simulations

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We present N-body simulations in which either all, or a fraction of, the cold dark matter decays non-relativistically to a relativistic, non-interacting dark radiation component. All effects from radiation and general relativity are self-consistently included at the level of linear perturbation theory, and our simulation results therefore match those from linear Einstein-Boltzmann codes such as {\sc class} in the appropriate large-scale limit. We also find that standard, Newtonian N-body simulations adequately describe the non-linear evolution at smaller scales (k 0.1 h/Mpc) in this type of model, provided that the mass of the decaying component is modified correctly, and that the background evolution is correctly treated. That is, for studies of small scales, effects from general relativity and radiation can be safely neglected.

TidsskriftJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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