General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 633–649 | Cite as

Dark Matter as a Cosmic Bose-Einstein Condensate and Possible Superfluid

  • M. P. Silverman
  • R. L. Mallett


Dark matter arising from spontaneous symmetry breaking of a neutral scalar field coupled to gravity comprises ultra low mass bosons with a Bose-Einstein condensation temperature far above the present background temperature. Assuming galactic halos to consist of a Bose-Einstein condensate of astronomical extent, we calculate the condensate coherence length, transition temperatures, mass distribution, and orbital velocity curves, and deduce the particle mass and number density from the observed rotation curves for the Andromeda and Triangulum galaxies. We also consider the possibility of superfluid behaviour in the halos of rotating galaxies, and estimate the critical angular frequency and line density for formation of quantised vortices.

Gravity General Relativity Symmetry breaking Bose-Einstein condensate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. P. Silverman
    • 1
  • R. L. Mallett
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTrinity CollegeHartford
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrs

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