New theory suggests that dark matter might gather in the center of the sun…
By Smaranda Biliuti, News Editor
Researchers managed to simulate the effect of dark matter gatherings and found out that this phenomenon would reduce the temperature of the sun’s core. As dark matter particles are believed to absorb energy, part of the core’s heat would be transferred to the surface of the sun. If the sun’s core gets cooler, the number of neutrinos coming from its nuclear reactions would be affected. Dr West hopes that by examining these neutrinos, he could find out more about the temperature of the sun’s core and also whether dark matter is important or not in solar physics. All this would also provide information about the mass of individual dark matter particles and about their interactions with elements from the sun.
Dr Stephen West reveals that “the next step in the work is to look more closely at the change in the predicted number of neutrinos produced in the sun as a result of dark matter collecting at the core and to examine the sensitivity of existing neutrino experiments to this change. In addition, an investigation of the possibility of probing this type of dark matter at the Large Hadron Collider is planned. The LHC could provide complimentary information about the properties of dark matter which along with the information from the sun may lead to a clearer picture of one of the more puzzling issues in physics.”
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