The Wave Function of Dark Matter in the Galactic Halo

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Research Project Description: 

The dark matter which makes up the halo of a galaxy is thought to be a subatomic particle, and as a result some questions regarding its properties are quantum mechanical in nature.  Simulations of galaxy formation treat the dark matter as classical object, and while this should work well to describe the features of the galaxy, they cannot resolve these fine details.  In this project, we will simulate the Schrodinger equation for a dark matter particle in the Milky Way galaxy, and see how its wave function evolves.

Undergraduate Student Participation: 

The student participatin in this project will construct numerical simulations of the Schrodinger equation for a dark matter particle in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy.  This will involve modeling the gravitational potential from nearby dark matter particles as well as ordinary matter.  A basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and the Schrodinger equation, and some ability to program is necessary.

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A few hours a week.

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