On Wave Dark Matter and the Axioms of General Relativity. Colloquium . Mathematics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz. May 10, 2016

Invited Talk

The recent detection of gravitational waves is another spectacular confirmation that the universe is fundamentally geometric, at least on cosmological scales. This raises a natural question: Could dark matter, which makes up most of the mass of galaxies, be fundamentally geometric as well? We'll present a geometric model of dark matter called wave dark matter, also known as scalar field dark matter and Bose-Einstein condensate dark matter, which fits observations about dark matter very well. Using geometric PDE, we'll show how wave dark matter predicts spiral patterns in galaxies, and compare computer simulations with photos of actual galaxies.

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  • May 10, 2016

Service or Event Name

  • Colloquium

Host Organization

  • Mathematics Department, University of California, Santa Cruz