There was talk over lunch and coffee of dark forces, dark photons, and dark neutrons.1 (emphasis added)
This is the extent of what is actually known about dark matter and any other entities from the dark sector of particle physics. At a workshop where more than 100 physicists took over the University of Maryland, titled “US Cosmic Visions: New Ideas in Dark Matter,” attendees were encouraged to think more broadly to solve the vexing problem of the non-detection of dark matter particles in all experiments that have ever been tried for the last 40 years, at least.
They spoke of axions and other dark-matter candidates so lightweight that they would be detected as waves, and of particles so heavy that they would clump together and encounter Earth only occasionally as a vast invisible glob.1
A recalibration for the dark-matter community
For decades physicists have been fixated on the putative WIMP, a Weakly Interacting Massive Particle, which allegedly has a tendency to intermittently mingle with ordinary matter via the weak force. WIMPs have been alleged to inhabit our part of the Galaxy but all experiments, like the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) detector array, have failed to find any trace of their existence. Theorists developed ideas that WIMPs might be the lowest mass yet stable supersymmetric particle, called the neutralino but experimentalists with vast, exquisitely sensitive underground detectors such as the LUX array or using the powerful particle accelerator the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) found no such particles though they were meant to be constantly streaming stealthily through our planet. Now,
… for the physicists at the workshop, the era of hoping for a WIMP miracle is all but over.1 (emphasis added)
At the workshop the attendees were encouraged to look further abroad, to think more exoticly, because the current research programs were not finding anything that could solve the dark matter crisis.
Now that the WIMP has pretty well wimped out, the axion, which has been considered and searched for since the 1970s, and other light particles are being searched for. But no experiment looking for the axion or any other exotic light particle has turned up anything there either. Imagine a particle larger than the Earth but so low in density it cannot be detected and you have an idea what some are considering.
Sounds crazy? Dark neutrons, dark photons and even dark atoms are being considered. Some even have gone as far as to consider the existence of dark galaxies with dark planets containing dark intelligent life.2
Why is this important?
Cosmological physics has failed to describe the universe via an expansion out of an alleged big bang singularity without the inclusion of a vast amount of unseen dark matter. Thus no dark matter implies the standard big bang model is wrong.
It seems that the other primary need for dark matter in galaxies may have been solved via a better understanding of standard physics, without the inclusion of any exotic new particles.3 Broadly speaking this then leaves the need for it only in cosmology. Thus if the null experiments continue to be repeated the confidence in the existence of dark matter will continue to decline and physicists will start to come out of the fog that has enveloped them for many decades.
It seems that if dark matter particles, in some form, are not detected within the next decade a serious rethink of the standard model will be needed. But knowing the allegiance that the atheistic scientific community has to the alleged big bang origin of the universe I do not think a more realistic belief with arise. Instead I predict cognitive dissonance will rule and the big bang paradigm will be maintained but with some additional beliefs why the dark matter cannot be detected.
- A. Grant, Pondering a world without WIMPs, Physics Today, March 31, 2017.
- J.G. Hartnett, Where materialism logically leads, June 1, 2016.
- J.G. Hartnett, Has the dark matter mystery been solved? April 6, 2017.
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