Matter not observed directly but inferred to exist based upon its gravitational effects

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Remaining Potential Experimental Particle Physics Discoveries at the TeV Scale?

With the discovery of the Higgs Boson, some have been calling it the end of experimental particle physics for our generation, due to the fact that all of the particles predicted by the standard model ...
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Particle dark matter coherent scattering?

Particle dark matter coherent scattering direct searches rely on the scattering of the DM particle off a nucleus (Xe, Si, Ge, NaI etc). The wisdom is this is coherent scattering: so the rate ~atomic ...
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Is it possible for dark matter to somehow turn into regular matter?

Is it possible for dark matter to create the regular matter that we, the stars, and the galaxies are made of? The reason I'm asking this is because I have a hard time imagining how something can ...
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Why can't “missing mass” (=dark matter) be photons?

After a star lives and dies, I assume virtually all of its mass would be photons. If enough stars have already lived and died, couldn’t there be enough photon energy out there to account for all ...
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Dark matter: Will Special Relativity hold?

Part 1: It’s been said that dark matter makes up about 26 % of the universe. The restart of LHC would be dealing with the existence of dark matter also. Consider a situation that the results are ...
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Why dark matter and general relativity?

My knowledge on this subject is minimal, so sorry if my question is obvious. But why is the current consensus that there is something called dark matter rather than that our current theory of gravity ...
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Could there be a correlation between the Island of Stability and dark matter?

I can only boast of my passion for science and not of any credentials. I ask because I am curious, and it is not the type of question one can easily Google! What if the key to discovering and ...
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Missing Matter Problem and Galactic Kinematics

This is a re-wording of an earlier problem I posted. The standard example of the Missing Mass Problem comes from the rotational profiles of galaxies. By counting up the visible matter, we extrapolate ...
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Distribution and detection of dark matter

I feel in the dark (no pun intended :), I'm sure most of you are familiar with this image I pulled from wikipedia: The caption reads: "3D map of the large-scale distribution of dark matter, ...
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How much of the mass of a supermassive black hole comes from dark matter?

How much of the mass of a supermassive black hole comes from dark matter? Assuming cold dark matter exists and that it doesn't bank up and get pushed away from black holes like some baryonic matter. ...
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Is cosmic background radiation dark-matter and/or dark-energy?

Dumb question alert: Is it possible that the cosmic background radiation might be the source of dark-matter and/or dark-energy? What is the mass of the background radiation in the known universe?
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Possibility of making dark energy equivalent with dark matter

I was curious whether it is possible to make dark energy equivalent to dark matter. Can this unification be done? If it can, why do scientists prefer to separate dark energy from dark matter?
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What is the identity of Dark Matter?

What is the identity of dark matter? Is it a particle? Is it the lightest superpartner (LSP)? Do the phenomena attributed to dark matter point not to some form of matter but actually to an ...
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Why does the amount of dark matter increase the further away from the galaxy's center?

Why isn't the dark matter just randomly distributed? How does it know where to go?
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Böotes Void and Dark Galxies

Wouldn't it be possible that Böotes Void, a space we generally consider to be "empty" be filled with a number of undetectable dark galaxies?
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What is the correlation between dark matter and Einstein Rings?

I have once heard a TED Talk about Dark Matter, Einstein Rings and gravitation lenses. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/patricia-burchat-sheds-light-on-dark-matter I don't think I understood the talk well. ...
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What is phantom matter and how is it different from dark matter?

What is phantom matter and how is it different from dark matter? I have googled the term "Phantom Matter" and the results were mostly research papers which assume that the readers already know the ...
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Has energy in 'transit' been incorporated into missing matter calcs.?

Has energy in 'transit' been incorporated into missing matter calcs. ?It would seem that, although very small in mass, the sheer number of particles shhoting about from one end of the universe to the ...
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Has the idea of holeum been debunked?

Here is the wikipedia article. The basic idea is that the primordial density of microscopic black holes was high enough that many were able to form stable bound states before decaying through Hawking ...
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Can virtual particles, in particular gravitons, interfere?

Question 1. Can virtual particles, in particular gravitons, interfere? Virtual particles are created and annihilated in a distance too small and a time too short to be measured. Their existence is ...
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What exactly are super WIMPs?

I recently got confused (and slightly annoyed by the lack of technical details) when reading a popular article (authored by Jonathan Feng and Mark Trodden) introducing the concept of super WIMPs. The ...
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Dark matter, dark energy [closed]

As I understand dark matter and dark energy are quite theoretical . That modern theories require the existence of these phenomena. I read a lot of information about this. And I realized that ...
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Using GPS Satelites as dark matter detectors

Recently, two scientists have proposed a new way of detecting dark matter, using GPS Satellites. A part of the article is posted online: Hunting for topological dark matter with atomic clocks. Can ...
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If MOND theory doesn't explain gravitational lensing, couldn't well placed black holes explain it?

When I first heard about star velocity as a function of its distance from the center of the galaxy and the difference between prediction and observation I immediately thought "there must be a ...
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What actually Dark energy is ? [duplicate]

I recently read an article on dark matter and I could understand this things given as follows All the ordinary matter we can find accounts for only about 4 percent of the universe. We know this by ...
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How does dark matter interact with light?

Most articles I read say that dark matter are weakly interacting particles. Are there any theories on how dark matter may interact with light/electromagnetic radiation?
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Superconducting loop as a particle detector?

Imagine that one has induced a persistent current in a superconducting loop. If a particle interacted with an electron in one of the Cooper pairs then would some decoherence and dissipation occur? I ...
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Could the Earth have a dark matter core as well as a disk?

If it is established that the Earth does have a dark matter disk as this recent discovery suggests. ...
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Weak gravitational lensing multispectral, multibackground correlations

My understanding of weak gravitational lensing is that it assumes random alignment distribution of galaxies in order to estimate statistical shear and convergences, which are used to estimate matter ...
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Why not “black matter” instead of “non-baryonic cold dark matter”? [closed]

I would like to know if any epistemologist or science popularizer has ever think about a better/simpler name for exotic or non-baryonic cold dark matter like black matter. That would be interesting ...
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Why is “dark matter” a more parsimonious explanation than “more normal matter than we thought”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn't dark matter just matter ? The evidence usually presented in support of dark matter is larger-than-expected masses in galaxy clusters: the mass required for ...
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Is there a confirmation of dark matter signal?

Dark matter, as we know does not emit light, so confirmation of its presence is indirect. Are there any recent indirect confirmations of dark matter. A place one would look for in detecting dark ...
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Origin of cusps in simulated dark matter halos

I keep reading that cusps are one of the most "robust" predictions of N-body simulations of dark matter halos. But papers I've found on the topic make it sound like these simulations are complicated ...
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How do we know dark matter isn't curved spacetime?

Could Dark Matter actually just be spacetime with curvature "leftovers" from the big bang or the inflationary epoch?
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Can you collide with dark matter?

Assuming dark matter has space and weight, can dark matter collide with others planet? If unlike normal matter, dark matter repels matter, Will it makes dark matter impossible to collide with normal ...
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What happens when Antimatter interacts with a photon?

So... I was just pondering the energy and particles in the universe. It makes sense that matter is attracted to it's self by a gravitational force - it clumps and forms some kind of gravity ...
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Could anti matter collisions be or make dark matter?

I've recently seen that space is or could be a quantum vacuum full of particles like matter and anti matter appearing and possibly colliding causing in theory the same effects that dark energy has. My ...
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Do most physicists believe that axions exist? [closed]

Is the theoretical justification behind proposing axions sufficiently robust, like, say the Higgs boson prior to its detection, that one should consider the existence of axions as generally accepted ...
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Galaxy rotation curve

In calculating galaxies' rotation curve, it is assumed that masses outside the orbit has no contribution and masses inside the orbit can be deemed as if they were at the center, just like the case of ...
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At what point do researchers in physics make the leap from wild theoretical ideas to physical experiments? [closed]

Dark Matter, on the surface, appears to be a wild idea... Some invisible thing that we can't see that controls the movement of most of the universe. Yet, we are searching for it. Why? What evidence ...
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When experimental search for exotic dark matter-like particles began exactly?

I am looking for information about : what was the first experiment that claimed to look specifically for non baryonic dark matter particles ; when occurred the first serious(*) reporting of an ...
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Could Dark Matter be a manifestation of tachyons tunnelling between black holes? [closed]

Among the many Dark Matter candidates, I wondered if there are any along the lines of the title. The inner horizon of a black hole, with its mass inflation, and/or the high spacetime curvature, seems ...
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is electromagnetic phenomena and particle behavior dependent on dark matter?

Dark matter permeates space and coalesce s in its own gravitational attraction. It neither absorbs or emits light or interacts well with baryonic matter. It deflects light on a path and is the sub ...
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Gravitinos the key to theory of everything?

Theory of everything The theory of everything aims to unite all the four forces of nature into one single elegant equation. Super-symmetry Super-symmetry is important as it explains the nature of ...
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What is dark matter composed of? [duplicate]

They say that about 80% of the matter in the universe is dark matter -- some unknown substance that has mass. But what is this matter expected or speculated to be composed of? For example might it ...
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Relativity and Galaxy Rotation Speed

If time travels slower nearer gravity wells, why can't the galaxy rotation speeds being faster on the outer edges than the inner areas be explained by relativity? What necessitates dark matter?
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How can we be Certain that Dark Matter Exists if we Cannot See it or Directly Detect It? [duplicate]

It seems very certain that dark matter exists and that it makes up 26.8% of the Universe today (along with 68.3% Dark Energy and 4.9% Atoms), but how can this be if we cannot see it or directly detect ...
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I wonder what kind of proof we have that dark matter is really made of not-yet-discovered WIMP particles and not WISPy? [closed]

There is quite reasonable argument by Joerg Jaeckel that dark matter might be actually very light, very weakly interacting particles, so-called WISPs (for weakly interacting slim particles), as ...
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A Theory of Almost Everything? [closed]

Before I present this theory, I ask that you take the time to read this disclaimer. I do not claim to have an excellent knowledge of physics, it is actually rather limited. Therefore, I am not ...
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Does dark matter in the universe acts as a pulling force or a pushing force?

Scientists have claimed that in this world there are two kinds of forces which help in keeping everything in its place called dark matter and dark energy. But are these two forces act as a pulling ...