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Can dark matter be a Bose-Einstein condensate?

Bohmer, C.G.; Harko, T.; (2007) Can dark matter be a Bose-Einstein condensate? Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics , 025 10.1088/1475-7516/2007/06/025.

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We consider the possibility that the dark matter which is required to explain the dynamics of the neutral hydrogen clouds at large distances from the galactic centre could be in the form of a Bose–Einstein condensate. To study the condensate we use the non-relativistic Gross–Pitaevskii equation. By introducing the Madelung representation of the wavefunction, we formulate the dynamics of the system in terms of the continuity equation and of the hydrodynamic Euler equations. Hence dark matter can be described as a non-relativistic, Newtonian Bose–Einstein gravitational condensate gas, whose density and pressure are related by a barotropic equation of state. In the case of a condensate with quartic non-linearity, the equation of state is polytropic with index n = 1. In the framework of the Thomas–Fermi approximation the structure of the Newtonian gravitational condensate is described by the Lane–Emden equation, which can be exactly solved. General relativistic configurations with quartic non-linearity are studied, by numerically integrating the structure equations. The basic parameters (mass and radius) of the Bose–Einstein condensate dark matter halos sensitively depend on the mass of the condensed particle and of the scattering length. To test the validity of the model we fit the Newtonian tangential velocity equation of the model with a sample of rotation curves of low surface brightness and dwarf galaxies, respectively. We find a very good agreement between the theoretical rotation curves and the observational data for the low surface brightness galaxies. The deflection of photons passing through the dark matter halos is also analysed, and the bending angle of light is computed. The bending angle obtained for the Bose–Einstein condensate is larger than that predicted by standard general relativistic and dark matter models. The angular radii of the Einstein rings are obtained in the small angle approximation. Therefore the study of the light deflection by galaxies and the gravitational lensing could discriminate between the Bose–Einstein condensate dark matter model and other dark matter models.

Type: Article
Title: Can dark matter be a Bose-Einstein condensate?
DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2007/06/025
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2007/06/025
Language: English
Keywords: Dark matter simulations, dark matter
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/13838
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