Dark matter as an effect of the quantum vacuum
The interaction between the quantum vacuum and a weak gravitational field is calculated for the vacuum fields of quantum electrodynamics. The result shows that the vacuum state is modified by the gravitational field, giving rise to a nonzero interaction energy. This suggests a model that fits in the main properties of the hypothetical dark matter in galactic haloes.
KeywordsDark matter Quantum vacuum Flat rotation curves Quantum electrodynamics Gravity vacuum interaction
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