Tariq Hilmi

Postgraduate research student

Academic and research departments

Department of Physics, Astrophysics Research Group.


My research project


Sophia Lilleengen, Michael S. Petersen, Denis Erkal, Jorge Peñarrubia, Sergey E. Koposov, Ting S Li, Lara R. Cullinane, Alexander P. Ji, Kyler Kuehn, Geraint F. Lewis, Dougal Mackey, Andrew B. Pace, Nora Shipp, Daniel B. Zucker, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Tariq Hilmi (2022)The effect of the deforming dark matter haloes of the Milky Way and the Large Magellanic Cloud on the Orphan-Chenab stream, In: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society518(1)pp. 774-790

It has recently been shown that the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) has a substantial effect on the Milky Way's stellar halo and stellar streams. Here, we explore how deformations of the Milky Way and LMC's dark matter haloes affect stellar streams, and whether these effects are observable. In particular, we focus on the Orphan-Chenab (OC) stream which passes particularly close to the LMC and spans a large portion of the Milky Way's halo. We represent the Milky Way–LMC system using basis function expansions that capture their evolution in an-body simulation. We present the properties of this system, such as the evolution of the densities and force fields of each galaxy. The OC stream is evolved in this time-dependent, deforming potential, and we investigate the effects of the various moments of the Milky Way and the LMC. We find that the simulated OC stream is strongly influenced by the deformations of both the Milky Way and the LMC and that this effect is much larger than current observational errors. In particular, the Milky Way dipole has the biggest impact on the stream, followed by the evolution of the LMC's monopole, and the LMC's quadrupole. Detecting these effects would confirm a key prediction of collisionless, cold dark matter, and would be a powerful test of alternative dark matter and alternative gravity models.