Relativity and Cosmology


Question of Planck's Constant in Dark Matter Direct Detection Experiments

Authors: Joseph F. Messina

Recent astronomical observations have revealed important new clues regarding dark matter's behavior. However, the fact remains that all experimental efforts to detect dark matter directly, in a laboratory setting, have failed. A natural explanation for these failed efforts may be possible by postulating that dark matter's behavior is governed by a non-Planckian "action." It is pointed out, as a preliminary to advancing this possibility, that no purely dark matter measurement of Planck's constant exists. The resulting hypothesis advocates the existence of a new, experimentally verifiable, dark matter candidate. An extension of this hypothesis to the cosmological realm suggests that dark matter may have come into existence 10 to the minus 44 seconds after the big bang; an order of magnitude prior to the Planck era.

Comments: 4 Pages. Updated to match version submitted to "Papers in Physics"

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[v1] 2 Nov 2011
[v2] 2012-02-29 10:30:49

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