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Testing Weyl gravity at galactic and extra-galactic scales

Dutta, Koushik and Islam, Tousif (2018) Testing Weyl gravity at galactic and extra-galactic scales. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW D, 98 (12).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevD.98.124012


We examine the viability of Weyl conformal gravity as an alternative to the general theory of relativity. By using the extended rotation curve of the Milky Way and velocity dispersions of four globular clusters, we show that Weyl gravity predictions without resorting to dark matter comply with observations at the galactic scale. For the Milky Way, we demonstrate that the uncertainty in baryonic modeling results in a bracket of possible rotational velocities which well encompasses the diversity in rotation curve construction. Such diversity generally arises from differences in measurements of velocity anisotropy parameter, and the circular speed and Galactocentric distance of the Sun. Furthermore, we explore the ability of Weyl gravity to account for the inferred acceleration of Abell cluster 1689.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > NMR Research Centre (Formerly Sophisticated Instruments Facility)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2019 09:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/61352

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