Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 227, Issue 1–2, pp 167–173 | Cite as

Rotation velocity and neutral hydrogen distribution dependency on magnetic field strength in spiral galaxies

  • Charles M. Snell
  • Anthony L. Peratt


The rotation velocity of a simulated plasma galaxy is compared to the rotation curves of Sc type spiral galaxies. Both show ‘flat’ rotation curves with velocities of the order of several hundred kilometers per second, modified by E × B instabilities. Maps of the strength and distribution of galactic magnetic fields and neutral hydrogen regions, as-well-as as predictions by particle-in-cell simulations run in the late 1970s, are compared to Effelsberg observations.

Agreement between simulation and observation is best when the simulation galaxy masses are identical to the observational masses of spiral galaxies. No dark matter is needed.

Key words

Plasma Cosmology Galaxies Dark Matter Galactic Rotation Galactic Magnetic Fields Neutral Hydrogen 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles M. Snell
    • 1
  • Anthony L. Peratt
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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