Scalar dark matter and cold stars

J. A. Grifols

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In a medium composed of scalar particles with non-zero mass, the range of Van-der-Waals-type scalar mediated interactions among nucleons becomes infinite when the medium makes a transition to a Bose-Einstein condensed phase. We explore this phenomenon in an astrophysical context. Namely, we study the effect of a scalar dark matter background on the equilibrium of degenerate stars. In particular we focus on white dwarfs and the changes induced in their masses and in their radii. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-105
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006


  • Bose-Einstein condensation
  • Chandrasekhar limit
  • Dark matter
  • Scalars
  • Van-der-Waals force
  • White dwarf


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