halo occupation distribution (HOD)
vâbâžeš-e hageš-e hâlé
Fr.: distribution d'occupation de halo
The → probability distribution of the → number of galaxies that a host → dark matter halo of a given mass contains. HOD is a powerful theoretical frame to populate dark matter halos with luminous galaxies. More specifically, it describes the bias between galaxies and dark matter by specifying (a) the probability P(N|M) that a halo of → virial mass M contains N galaxies of a particular class and (b) the relative spatial and velocity distributions of galaxies and dark matter within halos.
The act of occupying; the state of being occupied.
Verbal noun of → occupy.