Volume 114, Number 6, June 2016
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Geophysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics|
|Published online||14 July 2016|
Hidden baryons: The physics of Compton composites
Mayer Applied Research Inc. - 1417 Dicken Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103, USA
Received: 26 April 2016
Accepted: 21 June 2016
A large fraction of the mass-energy of the Universe appears to be composed of Compton composites. How is it then that these composites are not frequently observed in experiments? This paper addresses this question, and others, by reviewing recent publications that: 1) introduced Compton composites, 2) showed how and where they are formed and 3) explained how they interact with other systems. Though ubiquitous in many physical situations, Compton composites are almost completely hidden in experiments due to their unique interaction characteristics. Still, their presence has been indirectly observed, though not interpreted as such until recently. Looking to the future, direct-detection experiments are proposed that could verify the composites' components.
It is with deep sadness that I dedicate this paper to my mentor, collaborator, and friend, Dr. John R. Reitz, who passed away within days of the publication of our paper “Compton Composites Late in the Early Universe”.
PACS: 95.35.+d – Dark matter (stellar, interstellar, galactic, and cosmological) / 98.80.-k – Cosmology / 96.50.Ci – Solar wind plasma; sources of solar wind
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