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Phys Rev Lett. 2000 Aug 7;85(6):1158-61.

Fuzzy cold dark matter: the wave properties of ultralight particles.

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Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA.

Abstract

Cold dark matter (CDM) models predict small-scale structure in excess of observations of the cores and abundance of dwarf galaxies. These problems might be solved, and the virtues of CDM models retained, even without postulating ad hoc dark matter particle or field interactions, if the dark matter is composed of ultralight scalar particles (m approximately 10(-22) eV), initially in a (cold) Bose-Einstein condensate, similar to axion dark matter models. The wave properties of the dark matter stabilize gravitational collapse, providing halo cores and sharply suppressing small-scale linear power.

PMID:
10991501
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevLett.85.1158
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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