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

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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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Could dark matter be like ether?

Could dark matter (and dark energy) be proven wrong as ether was? Is it possible that we actually misunderstand how gravitation works, and that our current model is wrong? The fact that we need an ...
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How would superpartners explain dark matter? (Supersymmetry)

This is probably very basic but I can't quite find the answer in other questions. As I understand it we are hoping to create supersymmetric particles at the LHC (in this second run) and these ...
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Why standard model particles cannot be dark matter particles

I'm interested if any of the particles in the standard model could be potential candidates for dark matter? I know that we do not see dark matter, therefore dark matter does not interact ...
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What is the ratio of cosmic ray energy to dark matter energy in our solar system?

In any cubic meter of space in our solar system there is predicted to be some amount of dark matter. Also in a cubic meter of space is a known average amount of cosmic ray energy. What is the ratio of ...
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Is there a possibility of anti-dark matter?

Based on Galactic Gamma Ray Emission My question is simply put. Although dark matter itself is almost a complete mystery, has anything been published which postulates the existence of anti-dark ...
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x-rays from dark matter accretion into a supermassive black hole?

I understand that accretion of normal matter into a super-massive black hole leads to x-ray emissions. Is the same effect expected to occur for dark matter accretion into a supermassive black hole? ...
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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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Large scale structure of the universe

I have read of two seemingly straightforward explanations that give reasons for the inhomogeneity of the large-scale structure of the universe (i.e. why stars / galaxies formed where they did) One is ...
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Could black holes interact with dark matter at distances far greater than matter?

I watched this Nova episode on super massive black holes and learned that the speed at which the outer stars in a galaxy orbit correspond to the size of the black hole at the galaxy's center. They ...
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Dark matter configuration

We live in a 3D world comprised of 4 dimensions, if you include time. The unit of spacetime as we "see" it is the proton, comprising of 6 quarks, fermions. Hence since these quarks cannot occupy the ...
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Density of dark matter along the galaxy [duplicate]

I was reading these 2 interesting articles about dark matter inside the solar system: Does Dark Matter affect the motion of the Solar System? The Incredible Dark Matter Mystery: Why Astronomers Say ...
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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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Galaxy bias and baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO)

I have a doubt with the concept of galaxy bias and how it affects baryon acoustic oscillations, it is supposed to mean that by measuring the distribution of galaxies we are not measuring the actual ...
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Does dark matter originate from matter falling into a black hole? [closed]

Is it possible that due to the fact that dark matter is clumped around black holes, that the dark matter used to be matter, fell into a black hole, and simply became dark? Furthermore, if the total ...
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Dark energy and exotic states of space-time

So far as I know attempts to detect new particle that responsible for the nature of dark matter/energy are not successful. And there are reasonable explanation for this, like energy levels we can get ...
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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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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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Spiral galaxies and gravity lenses

Spiral Galaxies must have a great deal more mass than elliptical galaxies of the same size in order to account for the flat velocity curve. I've seen references of eight to ten times the visible ...
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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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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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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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Cold dark matter from creation in external gravitational field

Suppose we have massive (pseudo)scalar field action in FRLW spacetime: $$ S = \int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}\left( \frac{1}{2}\partial_{\mu}\varphi \partial_{\nu}\varphi g^{\mu \nu} - ...
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How to determine the size of other galaxy's/The dark matter problem

From what i understand there are two methods (well as far as i know) to determine how much mass there is in a distant galaxy. First, Luminosity. By measuring the amount of light produced from a ...
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Requesting explanation for why dark matter evidence is not explained by special relativity [duplicate]

Good afternoon. I'm doing research for a possible hard science fiction project and was looking up information on dark matter. Wikipedia--hardly an authoritative source, I know--mentions that the ...
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Do clouds of dark matter cool and contract?

If dark matter participates in the weak interaction, clouds could cool via thermal neutrino radiation...? And even if does not participate in the weak interaction, clouds should contract via ...
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Does this phrase in “Knocking On Heaven's Door”, refer to gravitons?

This is an extract from Knocking On Heaven's Door, by Randall (2011) The suprising fact is that if you have a stable particle whose mass corresponds to the weak energy scale that the LHC will ...
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What does “fully depleted” mean?

In many papers/articles on CCDs, particularly those used for dark energy surveys and dark matter detection, the term "fully depleted CCD" is used. What does this mean? References: ...
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Why do planets moving around our Sun lead to how stars move around the centre of a spiral galaxy?

We know that the speed with which the planets go around our sun decreases as a function of the distance they are from the sun. Since stars are not planets, and presumably do not behave like planets, ...
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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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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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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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Looking for a specific theory concerning Dark Matter [closed]

I am looking for the name of a theory positing that "empty" space itself is not empty, but has substance, and that "fabric" or "substance" is actually what we call Dark Matter. In theory, dark matter ...
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Should dark matter play an important role in designing a quantum theory of gravity?

Since dark matter "accounts" for most of the matter of the universe, and its effect are inferred from the gravitational effects, should it play an important role in designing an unified theory between ...
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Can dark matter be converted to dark energy?

According to energy mass conversion law, mass can be converted to energy. So is it possible to convert dark matter into dark energy?
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Dark Matter - Why no strong interaction?

Dark Matter shows up in cosmological observations as deviation of velocity of e.g. spiral galaxy arms and so on, so we know it interacts gravitational. We cannot see it, and in the Bullet Cluster you ...
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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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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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Is dark matter particle affected by weak interaction too?

Neutrino is affected by weak subatomic force and gravitational force and just like dark matter they don't easily interact with matter, if dark matter cannot be affected by the weak interaction how ...
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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 ...