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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Cosmological simulations, Dark matter simulations, Dark matter theory, Power spectrum

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