- J Diemand, B Moore, J Stadel
The dark matter distribution on small scales may depend on the the properties of the first generation of dark matter halos to form, which is in turn determined by the microphysics of the dark matter particles. We overview the microphysics of WIMPs and our calculations of the collisional damping and free streaming scales. We then plot the resulting density perturbation power spectrum and red-shift at which typical halos form, taking into account the effect of uncertainties in the WIMP properties (mass and interaction channel) and the primordial power spectrum. Finally we review recent developments regarding the properties and fate of the first WIMPy halos.