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The Scientific American Article Missed The Axions

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on March 3, 2003 14:33:27 UTC

That article claimed that only the supersymmetric partners of physical particles could make up dark matter, whereas the consensus of researchers in the field is that axions are much more likely to be the primary constituent of dark matter, even though their experiments have failed to detect axions. See http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/astro-ph/9801286, and note the very small energy range that was investigated.

I have discussed some of the reasons that axions are promising for dark matter in http://www.astronomy.net/forums/general/messages/3967.shtml, but I admit that it is still quite speculative.

yanniru

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