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Manifestations of Dark Matter and Variations of the Fundamental Constants in Atoms and Astrophysical Phenomena

  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany

  • Presents a new and sensitive means of searching for the possible interaction of dark matter with ordinary matter

  • Considers new mechanisms for the induction of a cosmological evolution of the fundamental constants


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Yevgeny V. Stadnik
    Pages 1-5
  3. Yevgeny V. Stadnik
    Pages 7-34
  4. Yevgeny V. Stadnik
    Pages 35-72
  5. Yevgeny V. Stadnik
    Pages 87-88

About this book


This thesis explores the possibility of searching for new effects of dark matter that are linear in g, an approach that offers enormous advantages over conventional schemes, since the interaction constant g is very small, g<<1. Further, the thesis employs an investigation of linear effects to derive new limits on certain interactions of dark matter with ordinary matter that improve on previous limits by up to 15 orders of magnitude. The first-ever limits on several other interactions are also derived.

Astrophysical observations indicate that there is five times more dark matter—an ‘invisible’ form of matter, the identity and properties of which still remain shrouded in mystery—in the Universe than the ordinary ‘visible’ matter that makes up stars, planets, dust and interstellar gases. Conventional schemes for the direct detection of dark matter involve processes (such as collisions with, absorption by or inter-conversion with ordinary matter) that are either quartic (g4) or quadratic (g2) in an underlying interaction constant g.


Axion Dark Matter Dilaton Evolution of Fundamental Constants Electric Dipole Moment Magnetometric Techniques Spin Precession Effects Oscillating Spin-gravity Couplings Violation of Time-reversal Invariance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Helmholtz-Institute MainzJohannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany

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