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

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Could Dark Matter Exist Prior to the Big Bang? [closed]

Recent discoveries that the universe is accelerating in its expansion has made me consider the possibility that dark matter might have existed prior to the time the universe sprang into existence, ...
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Was the matter-energy content of our universe always distributed in the same ratios?

Currently, Dark energy (68.3%) and Dark matter (26.8%) together constitute about 95.1% total matter-energy content of the universe while only 4.9% is ordinary baryonic matter. Was this always the ...
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Virtual particles, gravity, and dark matter? [closed]

In Hawking's radiation, virtual particles respond to intense gravitational tidal forces with pairs being ripped apart. One crosses the event horizon and the other escapes. On the other hand, in ...
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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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Dark matter detection

In the detection of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), which is the basis of dark matter, what is the use of the tank filled with liquid xenon? I mean, how does the releasing of photons ...
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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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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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Reference request: dark matter and $f(R)$ modified gravity

Could someone please explain briefly or refer me to an article or manuscript that shows how $f(R)$ modified gravity theories can be used to explain the problem of dark matter, particularly the galaxy ...
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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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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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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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Correlation between outstanding hints in experimental particle physics

The 115 GeV ATLAS Higgs with enhanced diphoton decays has gone away but there are several other recent tantalizing hints relevant for particle physics, namely CoGeNT's 7-8 GeV dark matter particle ...
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How much light is there in space and how heavy is it?

Our night sky is filled with stars. On a dark night a significant fraction of the sky is light. This light, we are told, has been in transit for many millions of years. There must therefore be quite a ...
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What allows us to assume spacetime is flat when no normal matter is present?

Dark matter causes a bend in spacetime. We see this through gravitational lensing. But what allows us to assume spacetime is flat when no normal matter is present? Why can't we say that dark matter ...
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How to distinguish between dark matter and dark antimatter?

I know dark matter exists to account for the missing mass otherwise many galaxies should have already fall apart, unfortunately they seldom interact with other matter and perhaps even their own kind ...
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Dark matter “hair” flowing through the earth

Gary Prézeau of NASA's JPL has done some calculations of how dark matter might be focussed by the Earth's gravitational field (publication preprint), and the results show some remarkable hairy ...
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Is dark matter (if any) the reason why we even exist?

If we were to model a universe without any dark matter in it, would stars and other large scale cosmic structures (galaxies or clusters) form in timescales similar to our universe? Or would they never ...
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Dark Matter and Equivalence Principle

Dark Matter effects show up in galaxies. Why isn't it considered as a violation of equivalence principle instead of assuming all these extra non-interacting particles as gravitational mass and ...
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How is dark matter detected?

What methods do we use to detect Dark Matter? If I understand correctly, due to lack of electromagnetic interaction it should be able to phase through normal matter nearly like through void - since ...
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Are there experiments taking place right now that might show evidence for or falsify dark energy or dark matter?

What experiments at quantum or cosmic level might provide the strongest supporting evidence for or, conversely, potential for falsifying, the existence of dark matter or dark energy?
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Why does dark matter form walls and filaments

Related: How are galaxy filaments formed? And do they have any analogues in stellar formation? But I want to come at this from a different angle. Like the user asking that other question, I was a bit ...
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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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Relation of General Relativity to Dark Matter and Dark Energy

I was reading an elementary book on dark matter (in fact, a historical perspective) and there were mentioned how the scientific community react to the idea of dark matter proposed as a solution to ...
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Why is “dark matter” theory accepted? Why wasn't general relativity rejected?

Dark matter was made up to account for unexplained effects such as gravitational lensing, the speed of expansion of the universe, or the rate of rotation of certain galaxies. However, as Feynman ...
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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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Does Newtonian physics work on a galactic scale?

I'm currently working on a simulation that aims to use Newton's Law of Gravitation to simulate how a galaxy behaves gravitationally. While I haven't gotten the simulation finished yet, I have had a ...
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What is the DAMA dark matter detector reporting and why does no-one else believe them?

I understand DAMA is a dark matter detector but I don't understand how it works, and what it's seeing. They claim to have a seasonal variation in their signal which is supportive of a certain type of ...
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Does matter shrink due to energy radiation and does it have anything to do with dark matter and dark energy?

Is matter shrinking? Is shrinking the cause of concentrated dark matter that makes up matter moving from concentration to unconcentration. Does dark energy and expansion of the universe come from this ...
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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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How sensitively can we detect a moon-sized mass of dark matter?

Suppose there is an object with the mass of the moon made entirely of dark matter. Suppose that somehow, it has the same mass density as the moon. By dark matter I mean matter that does not interact ...
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Why is the galaxy's dark matter halo a sphere instead of a disk? [duplicate]

I understand that the galaxy is disk shaped because it has a substantial total angular momentum (if that's the right term). If the dark matter halo is a sphere, does that mean that its total angular ...
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Gravitational constant, $G$, What if it is not Constant?

The question is on title; What if Gravitational Constant, $G$, is not constant? Let's skip all the local consequences if it would suddenly change, like asked here; Can gravitational constant be ...
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ΧΕΝΟΝ1Τ: Will it fail to discover DM? Why is it necessary? What benefits for society?

Since a new experiment (ΧΕΝΟΝ1Τ) will take place in Italy to directly detect WIMPs and since there are already many experiments trying to do the same or something similar (e.g. CERN LHC, LUX, CoGent, ...
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Did these scientists actually detect dark matter?

I came across an article in The Guardian (definitely not the best source for science, but that's why I'm asking this question) that said that a team of scientists may have detected dark matter ...
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Direct vs indirect detection of dark matter

Background There are two categories of searches for dark matter. Direct Detection via reproducible experiments Indirect detection Detection of e.g. annihilation signal from astrophysical sources ...
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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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Why should we expect dark matter with weak scale masses?

The WIMP "miracle" is often used to motivate WIMPs: that a WIMP with a weak-scale mass naturally freezes out of thermal equilibrium after the big bang with the right relic abundance. I understand the ...
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Magnetic monopole bound state

Magnetic monopole (mm) bound states Background: I'm an experimentalist, simple equations are appreciated. (Complicated equations are fine, as long as I can ask questions.) This is one of many ...
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What would happen if all dark matter disappeared?

This is related to this question which provided evidence about dark matter, and this question which asked what would happen if dark energy started disappearing. This question assumes that dark matter ...
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If dark matter only interacts with gravity, why doesn't it all clump together in a single point?

I'm a complete layperson. As I understand, dark matter theoretically only interacts with the gravitational force, and doesn't interact with the other three fundamental forces: weak nuclear force, ...
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Can Dark Matter be light and cold at the same time?

In most of the papers that I encounter, the mass range for Dark matter is generally taken to be 1-1000 GeV. Is it possible that dark matter is of the order of few MeV? What observation is violated in ...
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Why doesn't the dark matter halo co-rotate with the luminous disk? What keeps it from falling into the center if not angular momentum?

Why doesn't the dark matter halo co-rotate with the luminous disk? What keeps it from falling into the center if not angular momentum?
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why can't the missing mass (evidence for dark matter) be matrioshka brains/dyson spheres?

i know that the claim is that nucleosynthesis models say that the observed abundance of deuterium is too high for dark matter to be baryonic, but couldn't deuterium be a waste product of ...
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Bulge-Disk decomposition in galaxies

I'm starting a new project on dark matter astrophysics in which I have to extract from some data (I will write some below) the surface brightness, to later construct the mass density profiles of de ...
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Do alternate theories for Dark Matter (like MOND) explain its effect on gravitational lensing?

For a long time, I was sceptical about the evidence for dark matter. To me, it seemed like a pretty big leap to make when we have no idea whether or not our current models of gravity should apply ...
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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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Can the newly discovered mass of the neutrino explain in part, the missing matter [duplicate]

This question is related to the recent discovery of the neutrino mass 0.320 ± 0.081 eV/$c^2$. Could this account for at least some of the Dark Matter/Missing matter of the universe?
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Bullet Cluster and MOND

Apparently the Bullet Cluster is some slam-dunk proof of ΛCDM. The argument seems to be that most (>90%) of the baryonic mass in these clusters is in the form of X-ray emitting gas. Therefore the ...
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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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Dark matter = neutral matter? [duplicate]

Could dark matter be a neutral form of matter between antimatter and matter, much like how neutrons are neutrally charged particles that keep protons and electrons stable within an atom?