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The dark matter crisis: problems with the current standard model of cosmology and steps towards an improved model

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  • UserPavel Kroupa (Bonn)
  • ClockFriday 21 June 2013, 11:30-12:30
  • HouseKavli LMR, IoA.

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The current cosmological model rests on Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In order for it to be consistent with large-scale structure data, the existence of cosmologically relevant physical processes need to be postulated: inflation, cold dark matter particles and dark energy. Each of these is not well understood, but assuming the resulting mathematical “LCDM” description is a representation of cosmological reality, this representation can be tested in a different regime, namely on the scales of the Local Volume of galaxies down to individual galaxies. It is found that each test which has been designed shows the LCDM description to fail such that the LCDM model needs to be discarded. In particular, the Dual-Dwarf-Galaxy Theorem, which must be true in the standard model, is falsified. The data suggest a different cosmological model, but a definite final description is yet to be found.

This talk is part of the Institute of Astronomy Galaxies Discussion Group series.

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