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 scientists know more about what dark matter is not than what it is. Can it turn out to be that dark matter and energy have very different features than expected? Or they are not real, just an illusion caused by gravitational interactions between short-lived particles of matter and antimatter. If you imagine it,how it will change our understanding of space, expansion or other things?


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  • $\begingroup$ im just inderested "What if?", not saying that it is so) $\endgroup$ – Karina Jan 23 '15 at 22:26
  • $\begingroup$ I hope you get some intelligent answers, especially regarding your idea that the appearance of DM and DE is actually due to gravity of virtual particles in space. $\endgroup$ – Mitchell Porter Jan 23 '15 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ It seems to me that this last question is rather opinion based. The rest of it seems speculative, debatably non-mainstream too. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Jan 24 '15 at 2:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Kyle Kanos, don't you think these are probably the reflections of a rather young person, encountering these concepts of modern physics and thinking logically about them? And doesn't someone like that deserve better than to be told that their musings are "opinion based" and "non-mainstream"? $\endgroup$ – Mitchell Porter Jan 24 '15 at 8:22
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    $\begingroup$ Of all the questions that get closed here, "young future physicists daring to speculate" are a definite sub-type. And it's just bad that people like that should be shut down for daring to speak up, especially when their ideas actually make sense! $\endgroup$ – Mitchell Porter Jan 24 '15 at 8:24

A quick comment about one part of this question - I might improve my answer later... Gravity from vacuum fluctuations of quantum fields (such as matter-antimatter pairs) is deeply connected to the dark energy question. That influence should be there according to theory, so it would be an excellent explanation of dark energy... except that also according to theory, it should be much much stronger than dark energy actually is. So one idea is that the vacuum energy has positive and negative parts that mostly cancel out, and the dark energy is the part left over.

I can't exactly think of anyone using vacuum fluctuations to explain dark matter, but someone probably tried the idea, as a type of quantum modification of gravity. I'll add a comment if I find such a theory.


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