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A New Probe of Dark Matter in Spiral Galaxies
PI: Sukanya Chakrabarti
Award: NASA 31380 Dates: 02/01/2013—05/31/2014; Funds: $22,000

Description

We will analyze HI maps of nearby spiral galaxies to characterize the dark matter distribution in a sample of low redshift strong spiral lenses. This will allow us to compare and contrast and ultimately combine two independent methods of characterizing dark matter - namely, gravitational lensing and Tidal Analysis.