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Observing dark in the galactic spectrum? Lawson, Kyle


Observations from a broad range of astrophysical scales have forced us to the realization that the well understood matter comprising the stars and galaxies we see around us accounts for only a small fraction of the total mass of the Universe. An amount roughly five times larger exist in the form of dark matter about which we have virtually no direct evidence apart from its large scale gravitational effects. It is also known that the largest contribution to the energy density of the universe is the dark energy, a negative pressure form of energy which will not be dealt with here. I will present a candidate for the dark matter which is based completely in known physics and which presents several possible observational signatures. In this model the dark matter is composed of dense nuggets of baryonic matter and antimatter in a colour superconducting state. If these object are sufficiently massive their low number density will make them effectively dark in the sense that collisions with visible matter become infrequent. This work presents the basics of dark matter as a colour superconductor and then uses the physical properties of the quark nuggets to extract observational consequences.

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