The Large Underground Xenon Detector (LUX) is a physics experiment utilizing liquid xenon with a goal to observe what are theoretically very rare interactions between purely theoretical (never yet observed) Weakly Interacting Massive Particle (WIMP) dark matter and ordinary baryonic matter. LUX has just completed three months of operation as of October, 2013. This run gives the experimenters a beginning understanding of the parameter space to explore during the next 300 day run in 2014.
Dark matter made up of WIMPs is theorized to exist because historically some cosmologists have been unable to explain the motion of galaxies and galactic clusters, unless they sprinkle new invisible (hence “dark”) mass into their model of these large scale structures, to make up some 80% of the galaxy’s mass in order to generate the gravitational strength necessary to explain their structures. Without it, current standard theory would have all the stars spinning out and galaxies would never form.
“LUX has twice the sensitivity of any other dark matter direct-detection experiment, according to these new results. LUX also has greatly enhanced sensitivity to low-mass WIMPs, and new results suggest that potential detections of low-mass WIMPS by other dark matter experiments were likely the result of background radiation, not dark matter.” With LUX finding no evidence so far for dark matter, it means that the actual mass for WIMPs might be lower, or WIMPs might have an even weaker coupling interaction, than the standard theoretical model predicts.
Physicist Nassim Haramein has been engaging in theoretical research for years in areas of cosmology that have great application to the question of the existence of dark matter. His theoretical research on the topic of the magnetohydrodynamics of astrological and cosmological plasma phenomena was first published in his 2008 paper (with Elizabeth Rauscher) “Scale Unification: A Universal Scaling Law”. In this paper he and Rauscher elucidate a beautiful universal scaling law that shows how fractal self-similarity is found at all scales of spinning structures in the universe, and explain, “In a spacetime which incorporates a source of angular momentum in the stress energy tensor … galactic structures … may be best described by magnetohydrodynamics driven by the structure of spacetime itself.”
He and Rauscher then explore cosmological magnetohydrodynamics with deeper mathematical rigor in the paper “Collective Coherent Oscillation Plasma Modes in Surrounding Media of Black Holes and Vacuum Structure – Quantum Processes with Considerations of Spacetime Torque and Coriolis Forces” (2010). Here they find that the inclusion of torque and Coriolis in Einstein’s field equations is sufficient to explain the motion of large cosmological scale structures such as galaxies and galactic clusters, showing that it is unnecessary to resort to some new theoretical particle (such as the putative WIMPs).
The Haramein-Rauscher metric and its implications for the magnetohydrodynamics of all scales of the universe is a part of a unified field theory that elegantly explains many phenomena that have been rather awkwardly explained by the standard model of physics. In his latest paper, “Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass”, Haramein demonstrates that the structure of black holes, such as the super massive black holes at the center of galaxies, are actually the result of the behavior of Planck vacuum oscillations in the structure of spacetime at the very fine scale. The collective behavior of the oscillations are just like the vortex generated by the collective motion of the molecules of water of a black coffee that has just been stirred, are the underlying source of the central black holes of galaxies and the structure of spacetime around it creating the familiar spiral arm structures of galaxies we observe in the night sky. This new approach to gravity applied to the quantum level is demonstrated to be the confining force of the nuclei of atoms, correctly predicting its range. The same approach applied to the central super massive black holes of galaxies and their surrounding may be able to explain the so-called flattening of the rotational curve of galaxies without the need for some eccentric concepts of dark matter particles with convenient specific interactions. In Haramein’s ongoing theoretical and applied research, he and his team at the Hawaii Institute for Unified Physics (HIUP.org) will be continuing into deeper research exploring many of the fascinating implications of the unified field theory.
By: Stephen Bard