# Could dark matter actually be matter which resides in a different spatial dimension? [closed]

I have at best a rudimentary understanding of the math in this side of physics, so bear with me. I am also aware of this question, but it was asked and answered 4 years ago and I don't want to gravedig.

I've gone with 10 spatial dimensions, as that's what M-Theory requires, but this question would be the same with 9 spatial dimensions (as regular String Theory has).

That question's answer assumes other dimensions are external (albeit alongside) our universe. Do we know that for a fact? Surely, just as you could take a 1- or 2-dimensional slice through our universe and call it a dimension, is our universe but a 3-dimensional slice through an actually 10-dimensional space? This is completely different from the view of having the extra dimensions folded up in a "Calabi-Yau manifold" somewhere, which, while convenient for the math, seems unlikely. (Why would the universe have 3 nicely open dimensions, and 7 more folded into some obscure mathematical shape? It flies in the face of physics solutions being graceful and neat...)

Having our observable dimensions be a slice through a 10-dimensional space would mean there can be matter distributed evenly throughout the entire 10 dimensions, very close to the 3 dimensions we can see but not actually residing in them. (And surely if there are 7 more dimensions, they wouldn't be empty and just sitting there, they would have matter in them!)

Finally, the main question. The matter in these dimensions should definitely have a gravitational effect on the matter in our observable dimensions. Could this gravitational effect be the same effect that we currently categorize as being due to 'dark matter' or 'dark energy', and thus, is it actually possible that the 'dark matter' we know exists is actually regular matter, residing in another dimension?

EDIT: I removed the dubious math and conjectures, cause that made it seem more like a personal theory (it's now more clear now that this is about one specific question rather than "confirm theory pls")

• Technically, you are proposing that matter resides in our 3 dimensions, but in slices separated from our slice by a distance in other dimensions. Sort of like a bunch of parallel universes. Even with one extra dimension the number of such nearby slices would be unlimited. If matter is text on a page of paper, then your idea with just one extra dimension is a book of pages with text. Gravity is caused by time dilation due to the presence of matter. If time is common to all spatial dimensions, then matter in one slice should attract matter in another slice, but I will defer to the experts. – safesphere Oct 10 '19 at 5:45
• @safesphere You're saying that this describes 3-dimensional matter that's in a 3-dimensional space, but separated from our space by a distance in the xth dimension? Given that matter is, at an incredibly small level, 0-dimensional particles, (or 1-dimensional strings) it should be possible to have x-dimensional matter in the xth dimension, which was my original idea behind this question, but I can see where your point would be valid. – Andrew Brown Oct 14 '19 at 1:55