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Results

The following pages describe the tracer results currently implemented in SPARTA. For a general introduction, see Tracers and Results & Analyses.

Basics

Results are modules that are applied to tracers at each snapshot. They can look for particular events in the trajectory of a tracer. The following modules are implemented:

Result

Long name

Abbreviation

Infall into the halo

infall

ifl

First apocenter

splashback

sbk

Trajectory

trajectory

tjy

These modules are documented in detail (see bottom of this page). However, they all follow a general logic of how they operate on different types of tracers in different kinds of halos. For each tracer type (e.g., particles or subhalos), there are a number of possible scenarios:

Situation

Explanation

OUT

Tracer is created outside halo, should be the case for particles as long as the search radius is sufficient

IN

Tracer is created inside R200m, meaning its infall / initial orbit(s) were not tracked

IN_NEW

Tracer existed in a newly created halo; of course, each halo has such particles when it is first identified

IN_REBORN

Inside a backsplash halo that was a subhalo and is a host halo again (new tracers are not added in subhalos)

SUBTRACK_NEW

Newly created tracer to follow a particle that was tagged as belonging to a subhalo (but was not tracked before)

SUBTRACK_CONTD

Tracer existed and will persist as halo becomes subhalo

GHOST

Tracer in halo that has become a ghost

HAS_RES

Tracer is newly created but a previously existing result was found (e.g. because tracer was temporarily deleted)

TCR_RECREATED

Tracer had been deleted and has now been recreated (e.g., because a particle strayed far from the halo)

Note that subhalos cannot host their own subhalos in SPARTA, meaning that SUBTRACK_NEW, SUBTRACK_CONTD, and GHOST cannot occur for subhalo tracers. Similarly, TCR_RECREATED cannot occur because subhalo tracers are never deleted unless the halo stops to exist in the halo catalog.

For each of the possible situations, each result has an “instruction” in SPARTA, meaning a status to which the tracer is set if the situation occurs. The following tables show these instructions for both particle and subhalo tracers:

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The infall, orbit count, and trajectory results are greedy in that they attempt to run whenever possible, with some exception for ghosts where we expect the trajectories to become very unreliable. The splashback results are restricted to host halos as subhalos and ghosts are not expected to have well-behaved trajectories and apocenters.

Documentation of analysis modules

Each of the following pages documents the compile-time settings, run-time settings, and output for each type of result.

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