Can quantum theory help explain dark matter

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The Correspondence Principle implies that macroscopically, quantum and classical descriptions of matter yield identical results. But quantum theory can also supplement our knowledge of the nature of macroscopic material. Indeed, it can be shown quite conclusively that a gravitational form of Schrodinger’s equation can yield stable, macroscopic stationary solutions having no classical analogue, with properties radically differing from those of traditional matter.

Many solutions are too complex to study even numerically; however some may be of interest astronomically because their properties make them interesting candidates for dark matter. Using a central potential model, the more tractable solutions show:

(1) sufficient available states to easily fulfil requirements for the expected amount of dark matter,
(2) radiative lifetimes often exceeding the universe’s age, resulting in negligible emission and inherent inability to collapse/coalesce,
(3) galactic binding energies approaching zero coincident with eigenstate effective radii approaching the expected galactic halo radius,
(4) potential for assimilation into viable galactic evolution scenarios,
(5) calculated negligible interaction rates with each other, emr (including CBR), and other particles – i.e. an inability to facilitate elastic/inelastic scattering, or be mixed/destroyed by conventional galactic processes, thereby justifying the macroscopic gravitational eigenstate as a tenable dark matter candidate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings, IAU Symposium 220
Subtitle of host publicationDark Matter in Galaxies
EditorsS.D. Ryder, D.J. Pisano, M.A Walker, K.C. Freeman
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
ISBN (Print) 9781583811672
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2003
EventInternational Astronomical Union Symposium: Can quantum theory help explain dark matter? - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 21 Jul 200325 Jul 2003


ConferenceInternational Astronomical Union Symposium
Abbreviated titleIAU Symposium


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