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Dark Stars

  1. Nov 26, 2008 #1
    Since Dark Matter is by definition immune to electromagnetic forces, then it has no other way to interact except through gravity -- unless one wants to come up with some entirely new force, which has never been seen.

    If Dark Matter did have some force of its own, akin to electromagnetism, that would allow it to clump together, then what would happen is that you'd have these super-large clumps (Dark Matter Planets, etc) which would be floating around, showing off their gravitational effects in very concentrated ways.

    But planets and stars are held together by gravity, and not electromagnetism. So if Dark Matter can gravitate to itself, then couldn't it form Dark Stars?
    A Dark Star would generate no light, of course. But if it had no force similar to electromagnetism to push apart from itself, then it would all just concentrate into one single dense point -- like a black hole.

    So it would seem that Dark Matter would be more likely than regular matter to form black holes, right? That's what I can infer from all of this.
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  3. Nov 26, 2008 #2
    Well, if dark matter particles (whatever they may be) are fermions, then there would be something akin to electron degeneracy pressure inside a dark matter star (should such a beast exist) that would prevent said star collapsing until there was enough mass to produce a gravitational force to overcome this. Therefore there would be something to prevent collapse. I don't actually know if dark matter is posited to be fermionic however.

    I can't really comment on anything else, other than speculation, as i am not as knowledgable hear as i would like to (or infact used to be, as a astrophysics turned physical chemistry student). Interesting though.
  4. Nov 26, 2008 #3
    One strong candidate for dark matter is the neutralino which is supersymmetric and it's own anti-particle meaning it would annihilate if it came into close proximity with it-self.
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  5. Nov 26, 2008 #4
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20081106/sc_space/mysteriousdarkmattermightactuallyglow [Broken]

    If Dark Matter started forming into a tight sphere, then ordinary matter would also be drawn in, so it is not likely that there should be pure Dark Stars or Dark Holes. DM is about five times as prevalent in the universe as ordinary matter, so I suppose you could infer that most of the mass in black holes is from DM, too.
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  6. Nov 27, 2008 #5
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