N-body simulations have unveiled several apparently universal properties of dark matter halos, including a cusped density profile, a power-law pseudo phase-space density ρ/σ 3 r, and a linear β −γ relation between the density slope and the velocity anisotropy. We present a family of self-consistent phase-space distribution functions F(E,L), based on the Dehnen-McLaughlin Jeans models, that incorporate these universal properties very accurately. These distribution functions, derived using a quadratic programming technique, are analytical, positive and smooth over the entire phase space and are able to generate four-parameter velocity anisotropy profiles β(r) with arbitrary asymptotic values β0 and β∞. We discuss the orbital structure of six radially anisotropic systems in detail and argue that, apart from its use for generating initial conditions for N-body studies, our dynamical modeling provides a valuable complementary approach to understand the processes involved in the formation of dark matter halos
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