Special Issue "Geometric and Topological Models of Dark Matter and Dark Energy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: quantum gravity; differential topology of spacetime; cosmology; dark energy and matter; foundation of quantum field theory; quantum geometry
Interests: general relativity; category theory; curvature; synthetic differential geometry; formal set theory methods in smooth manifolds and space-time; space-time singularity
The appearance of large-scale cosmic structures (e.g., the distribution of galaxies) is very hard to understand, particularly in light of the relatively smooth microwave background as measured by the satellites COBE, WMAP, and Planck. One way to accommodate this is to go to a dark matter model in which you have cold dark matter to act as a seed for galaxy formation. One further great mystery in modern cosmology is the accelerated expansion of the universe as driven by dark energy.
Today, dark energy and dark matter are part of the standard model in cosmology. The nature of dark matter and dark energy is currently a hot topic. However, what is known experimentally? Dark matter was never detected in any experiments, but its impact can be observed by gravitational lensing. Current experiments favour the concept of a cosmological constant for dark energy.
Most models of dark matter are related to particle physics, such as axions, sterile neutrinos, etc. Similar ideas such as timely varying scalar fields, known as quintessence, should represent dark energy. However, experimentally, no dark matter particle has been detected and no sign for quintessence has been found. Therefore, why not consider new ideas?
We wish to invite both original and review papers to this Special Issue that particularly emphasize ideas and problems of frameworks based on geometry and/or topology. We believe that such frameworks have a potential to explain dark matter and dark energy at least partially. We are interested in collecting contributions on a broad range of approaches and ideas that emphasize the topological nature of dark matter and dark energy.Dr. Torsten Asselmeyer-Maluga
Dr. Jerzy Król
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