Another day, another dark matter theory:
The mysterious matter may have come from quantum bags that got squished together in the early universe.
Dark matter — the mysterious substance that exerts gravity but doesn’t interact with light — might be made of tiny black holes permeating the universe. And according to a new theory, those black holes might have been made from Fermi balls, or quantum “bags” of subatomic particles known as fermions that got smooshed together in dense pockets during the universe’s infancy.
The theory could explain why dark matter came to dominate the universe.
“We find that in some cases, the Fermi balls are so dense that the fermions are too close to each other, triggering the collapse of a Fermi ball [in]to a black hole,” Ke-Pan Xie, a researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics at Seoul National University in South Korea, told Live Science.Paul Sutter, “Is dark matter made of ‘Fermi balls’ forged in the Big Bang?” at Space.com (September 2, 2021)
Unless we are on the wrong track altogether. We shall see.
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