Chance and Chandra

Jeremy Goodman, Zachary Slepian

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Abstract

A few examples are given of Chandra's work on statistical and stochastic problems that relate to open questions in astrophysics, in particular his theory of dynamical relaxation in systems with inverse-square interparticle forces. The roles of chaos and integrability in this theory require clarification, especially for systems having a dominant central mass. After this prelude, a hypothetical form of bosonic dark matter with a simple but nontrivial statistical mechanics is discussed. This makes for a number of eminently falsifiable predictions, including some exotic consequences for dynamical friction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalPramana - Journal of Physics
Volume77
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Keywords

  • Dark matter
  • Galaxies
  • Halos

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