Relativity and Cosmology


"Dark Matter", the Pioneer 10/11 "Anomalous Acceleration", and "Dark Energy" -- A Common Solution to these three Disparate Problems

Authors: Roger Ellman

Suppose that there existed the same, one, simple explanation that comprehensively resolves the three apparently disparate problems: [1] The galactic rotation curves' indications of "dark matter", and [2] The Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft' "anomalous acceleration", [3] The Type Ia Supernovae distance measurements' indications of acceleration of cosmic expansion with its implication of "dark energy" or quintessence. Suppose further that this single explanation is merely another manifestation of one of the most common and ubiquitous of physical processes -- that of the second order linear differential equation with constant coefficients -- rather than being based on the inventing of disparate new and unknown effects, effects that are not directly detectable, let alone directly measurable: "dark matter" and "dark energy", with no viable explanation at all for the Pioneer "anomalous acceleration". Suppose still further that this explanation can readily be tested by direct astrophysical observations and measurements whereas both "dark matter" and "dark energy" are not directly observable, let alone directly measurable, and can only be indirectly inferred. And, suppose even further that this explanation is regularly validated, albeit unknowingly to the researchers, in everyday astronomical and astrophysical research. That explanation is presented and developed in the following paper.

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[v1] 25 Feb 2007

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