Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 337, Issue 1, pp 9–14 | Cite as

Quantum vacuum and dark matter

Letter to the Editor

Abstract

Recently, the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum was proposed as alternative to the dark matter paradigm. In the present paper we consider four benchmark measurements: the universality of the central surface density of galaxy dark matter haloes, the cored dark matter haloes in dwarf spheroidal galaxies, the non-existence of dark disks in spiral galaxies and distribution of dark matter after collision of clusters of galaxies (the Bullet cluster is a famous example). Only some of these phenomena (but not all of them) can (in principle) be explained by the dark matter and the theories of modified gravity. However, we argue that the framework of the gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum allows the understanding of the totality of these phenomena.

Keywords

Dark matter Antimatter The gravitational polarization of the quantum vacuum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PH Division CERNGeneva 23Switzerland

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