Special Issue "Debate on the Physics of Galactic Rotation and the Existence of Dark Matter"

A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anne M. Hofmeister
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis, Louis, MO 63130, USA
Interests: heat transport; spectroscopy; classical physics; thermodynamics; inverse problems
Prof. Robert E. Criss
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis, Louis, MO 63130, USA
Interests: heat transport; spectroscopy; classical physics; thermodynamics; inverse problems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to contribute to this Special Issue in Galaxies, the ‘’Debate on the Physics of Galactic Rotation and the Existence of Dark Matter.” Currently, two main philosophical camps exist. The main camp is based on models of Newtonian forces governing the orbits of stars, which requires copious amounts of dark matter to explain observed rotation curves. A competing view called MOND offered “modified Newtonian dynamics” to explain galactic rotation without dark matter. These ideas are irreconcilable and consensus does not exist. Consequently, a few additional individuals and small research groups have pursued Newtonian force models, disc models, and a spin model, all of which purportedly explain galactic rotation without invoking either dark matter or non-Newtonian forces.

This Issue has two goals. One is to provide a collection of brief reviews from prominent representatives of the above, diverse viewpoints that summarize their preferred model and provide cogent criticisms of other models. This effort will provide informed views on the strengths and weaknesses of competing models and foster both balance and communication between their various proponents. The second goal includes original papers on galactic rotation and is linked to dark matter, which may either diverge from the above approaches or offer new evidence not previously considered but which sheds light on the various possibilities. The overarching purpose is to stimulate discussion and/or provide alternative ideas, as a step towards an improved understanding.

Prof. Dr. Anne M. Hofmeister
Prof. Robert E. Criss

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Galaxies is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • galactic rotation
  • dark matter
  • alternative models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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