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Galaxies, Volume 2, Issue 4 (December 2014) – 6 articles , Pages 466-622

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Review
The Third Law of Galactic Rotation
Galaxies 2014, 2(4), 601-622; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies2040601 - 17 Dec 2014
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I review the connection between dynamics and the baryonic mass distribution in rotationally-supported galaxies. The enclosed dynamical mass-to-light ratio increases with decreasing galaxy luminosity and surface brightness. The correlation with surface brightness appears to be the more fundamental, with the dependence on luminosity [...] Read more.
I review the connection between dynamics and the baryonic mass distribution in rotationally-supported galaxies. The enclosed dynamical mass-to-light ratio increases with decreasing galaxy luminosity and surface brightness. The correlation with surface brightness appears to be the more fundamental, with the dependence on luminosity following simply from the weaker correlation between luminosity and surface brightness. In addition to this global relation, there is also a local relation between the amplitude of the mass discrepancy and the acceleration predicted by the observed distribution of baryons. I provide an empirical calibration of this mass discrepancy-acceleration relation. The data are consistent with the operation of a singe effective force law in disk galaxies, making this relation tantamount to a natural law. I further provide formulae by which the radial dark matter distribution can be estimated from surface photometry. The form of the dark matter halo depends uniquely on the distribution of baryons in each galaxy and, in general, is neither a cusp nor a core. It remains difficult to see how galaxy formation models can reproduce the observed behavior, which is uniquely predicted by MOND. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Beyond Standard Gravity and Cosmology)
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Astrophysical Tests of Kinematical Conformal Cosmology in Fourth-Order Conformal Weyl Gravity
Galaxies 2014, 2(4), 577-600; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies2040577 - 12 Dec 2014
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In this work we analyze kinematical conformal cosmology (KCC), an alternative cosmological model based on conformal Weyl gravity (CG), and test it against current type Ia supernova (SNIa) luminosity data and other astrophysical observations. Expanding upon previous work on the subject, we revise [...] Read more.
In this work we analyze kinematical conformal cosmology (KCC), an alternative cosmological model based on conformal Weyl gravity (CG), and test it against current type Ia supernova (SNIa) luminosity data and other astrophysical observations. Expanding upon previous work on the subject, we revise the analysis of SNIa data, confirming that KCC can explain the evidence for an accelerating expansion of the Universe without using dark energy or other exotic components. We obtain an independent evaluation of the Hubble constant, H0 = 67:53 kms-1 Mpc-1, very close to the current best estimates. The main KCC and CG parameters are re-evaluated and their revised values are found to be close to previous estimates. We also show that available data for the Hubble parameter as a function of redshift can be fitted using KCC and that this model does not suffer from any apparent age problem. Overall, Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Beyond Standard Gravity and Cosmology)
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Self-Gravitating Systems in Extended Gravity
Galaxies 2014, 2(4), 520-576; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies2040520 - 04 Dec 2014
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Starting from the weak field limit, we discuss astrophysical applications of Extended Theories of Gravity where higher order curvature invariants and scalar fields are considered by generalizing the Hilbert-Einstein action linear in the Ricci curvature scalar R. Results are compared to General Relativity [...] Read more.
Starting from the weak field limit, we discuss astrophysical applications of Extended Theories of Gravity where higher order curvature invariants and scalar fields are considered by generalizing the Hilbert-Einstein action linear in the Ricci curvature scalar R. Results are compared to General Relativity in the hypothesis that Dark Matter contributions to the dynamics can be neglected thanks to modified gravity. In particular, we consider stellar hydrostatic equilibrium, galactic rotation curves, and gravitational lensing. Finally, we discuss the weak field limit in the Jordan and Einstein frames pointing out how effective quantities, as gravitational potentials, transform from one frame to the other and the interpretation of results can completely change accordingly. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Beyond Standard Gravity and Cosmology)
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Bianchi Type I Cosmological Models in Eddington-inspired Born–Infeld Gravity
Galaxies 2014, 2(4), 496-519; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies2040496 - 28 Oct 2014
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We consider the dynamics of a barotropic cosmological fluid in an anisotropic, Bianchi type I space-time in Eddington-inspired Born–Infeld (EiBI) gravity. By assuming isotropic pressure distribution, we obtain the general solution of the field equations in an exact parametric form. The behavior of [...] Read more.
We consider the dynamics of a barotropic cosmological fluid in an anisotropic, Bianchi type I space-time in Eddington-inspired Born–Infeld (EiBI) gravity. By assuming isotropic pressure distribution, we obtain the general solution of the field equations in an exact parametric form. The behavior of the geometric and thermodynamic parameters of the Bianchi type I Universe is studied, by using both analytical and numerical methods, for some classes of high density matter, described by the stiff causal, radiation, and pressureless fluid equations of state. In all cases the study of the models with different equations of state can be reduced to the integration of a highly nonlinear second order ordinary differential equation for the energy density. The time evolution of the anisotropic Bianchi type I Universe strongly depends on the initial values of the energy density and of the Hubble function. An important observational parameter, the mean anisotropy parameter, is also studied in detail, and we show that for the dust filled Universe the cosmological evolution always ends into isotropic phase, while for high density matter filled universes the isotropization of Bianchi type I universes is essentially determined by the initial conditions of the energy density. Full article
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Orbital Motions and the Conservation-Law/Preferred-Frame α3 Parameter
Galaxies 2014, 2(4), 482-495; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies2040482 - 29 Sep 2014
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We analytically calculate some orbital effects induced by the Lorentz-invariance momentum-conservation parameterized post-Newtonian (PPN) parameter \(\alpha_3\) in a gravitationally bound binary system made of a primary orbited by a test particle. We neither restrict ourselves to any particular orbital configuration nor to specific [...] Read more.
We analytically calculate some orbital effects induced by the Lorentz-invariance momentum-conservation parameterized post-Newtonian (PPN) parameter \(\alpha_3\) in a gravitationally bound binary system made of a primary orbited by a test particle. We neither restrict ourselves to any particular orbital configuration nor to specific orientations of the primary's spin axis \( {\hat{\psi}}\). We use our results to put preliminary upper bounds on \(\alpha_3\) in the weak-field regime by using the latest data from Solar System's planetary dynamics. By linearly combining the supplementary perihelion precessions \(\Delta\dot\varpi\) of the Earth, Mars and Saturn, determined by astronomers with the Ephemerides of Planets and the Moon (EPM) 2011 ephemerides for the general relativistic values of the PPN parameters \(\beta=\gamma=1\), we infer \(|\alpha_3|\lesssim 6\times 10^{-10}\). Our result is about three orders of magnitude better than the previous weak-field constraints existing in the literature and of the same order of magnitude of the constraint expected from the future BepiColombo mission to Mercury. It is, by construction, independent of the other preferred-frame PPN parameters \(\alpha_1,\alpha_2\), both preliminarily constrained down to a \(\approx 10^{-6}\) level. Future analyses should be performed by explicitly including \(\alpha_3\) and a selection of other PPN parameters in the models fitted by the astronomers to the observations and estimating them in dedicated covariance analyses. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Gravitational Research)
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Constraints on Non-Standard Gravitomagnetism by the Anomalous Perihelion Precession of the Planets
Galaxies 2014, 2(4), 466-481; https://doi.org/10.3390/galaxies2040466 - 29 Sep 2014
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In 2008, a team of astronomers reported an anomalous retrograde precession of the perihelion of Saturn amounting to \(\Delta \dot{\omega}_{\mathrm{SATURN}}=-0.006(2)\) arcsec per century (arcsec cy\(^{-1}\)). This unexplained precession was obtained after taking into account all classical and relativistic effects in the context of [...] Read more.
In 2008, a team of astronomers reported an anomalous retrograde precession of the perihelion of Saturn amounting to \(\Delta \dot{\omega}_{\mathrm{SATURN}}=-0.006(2)\) arcsec per century (arcsec cy\(^{-1}\)). This unexplained precession was obtained after taking into account all classical and relativistic effects in the context of the highly refined EPM2008 ephemerides. More recent analyzes have not confirmed this effect, but they have found similar discrepancies in other planets. Our objective in this paper is to discuss a non-standard model involving transversal gravitomagnetism generated by the Sun as a possible source of these potential anomalies, to be confirmed by further data analyses. In order to compute the Lense–Thirring perturbations induced by the suggested interaction, we should consider the orientation of the Sun's rotational axis in Carrington elements and the inclination of the planetary orbits with respect to the ecliptic plane. We find that an extra component of the gravitomagnetic field not predicted by General Relativity could explain the reported anomalies without conflicting with the Gravity Probe B experiment and the orbits of the geodynamics satellites. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Gravitational Research)
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