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|dc.contributor.author||Trowland, Holly Emma||-|
|dc.description.abstract||Finding links between the large scale structure of the Universe and galaxy formation presents an important challenge for cosmology. The properties of dark matter halos in N-body simulations, in particular the spin angular momentum, can provide these links. This thesis is an in depth study of the alignments of halo spin direction within filaments in the large scale structure. Filaments in the halo and galaxy distribution of the Millennium simulation were identified using two simple methods and a difference between the spin orientation of low and high mass halos with the axis of filaments was uncovered. The evolution of these alignments and other aspects of halo spin suggested an ongoing process of angular momentum acquisition. This process was found to be largely reliant on the anisotropic infall of satellite halos. The spin of dark matter halos tends to become increasingly parallel to the axis of filaments and this change is driven by major mergers between halos traveling orthogonal to the axis of filaments. This new scenario of the build-up of dark matter halo spin could see significant consequences in theories of galaxy formation.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||University of Sydney.||en_AU|
|dc.publisher||School of Physics||en_AU|
|dc.subject||large scale structure of the Universe||en_AU|
|dc.title||Spinning galaxies within the large scale structure of the Universe||en_AU|
|dc.type.pubtype||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.||en_AU|
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