Preprint Hypothesis Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Is Dark Matter Light?

Version 1 : Received: 24 December 2020 / Approved: 28 December 2020 / Online: 28 December 2020 (11:02:57 CET)

How to cite: Hofstetter, L. Is Dark Matter Light?. Preprints 2020, 2020120680. Hofstetter, L. Is Dark Matter Light?. Preprints 2020, 2020120680.


Elucidating the nature of dark matter in galactic systems remains one of the important unsolved mysteries of modern cosmology. As a thought experiment, we consider a galaxy model where the light radiating outward from stellar objects produces a gravitational effect larger than Einstein's theory of gravity predicts. Using computer simulations, we observe that this assumption allows the basic rotation curve profiles observed in both dwarf and late-type spiral galaxies to be recreated. It is important to highlight that a separate mass model describing the dark matter halo is not needed or used. This toy model may also lead to insights about the nature of dark energy. If the gravitational effects in the universe are currently dominated by radiated light as this toy model may suggest, the cosmic scale factor would be closely linked to the time-history and spatial distribution of star formation and death rates. An accelerating universe may simply be a manifestation of star death rates exceeding star formation rates in the current epoch.


dark matter; Milky Way dark mater halo; galaxy kinematics; rotation curves; cosmology; dark energy


Physical Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics

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