Does Dark Matter affect Space Time Curvature? If so, then what is the formula to calculate space time curvature due to dark matter?

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    $\begingroup$ Do you mean "Does dark matter cause space time curvature"? If so, the answer is yes, just like any other form of matter/energy, given by Einstein's field equations. But dark matter cannot be said to have curvature. $\endgroup$
    – pela
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ So how dark matter affect the space-time fabrics?? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ Just the same way as regular matter $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 14:27

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Yes, the same equation as is used for other matter.

Marc Postman, Ray Villard and Donna Weaver of the Space Telescope Science Institute posted the results of a CLASH study: "News Release 2011-25":

Galaxy Cluster MACS 1206

"This image of galaxy cluster MACS J1206.2-0847 (or MACS 1206 for short) is part of a broad survey with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The distorted shapes in the cluster are distant galaxies from which the light is bent by the gravitational pull of an invisible material called dark matter within the cluster of galaxies. This cluster is an early target in a survey that will allow astronomers to construct the most detailed dark matter maps of more galaxy clusters than ever before.

On the NASA website: "A Clash of Clusters Provides New Clue to Dark Matter":

Formations of Dark Matter

"... this composite image, made using data from the Hubble Space Telescope Chandra X-Ray Observatory, researchers have discovered clues to increase our knowledge of dark matter. This image is a powerful collision of clusters. These clusters show formations of dark matter, where it separated from the ordinary matter. The different color disparities, along with the interesting evidence for dark matter ...".

Another article with the same photo: "heic0818 — Science Release -- Clash of clusters provides new dark matter clue":

"New Hubble and Chandra observations of the cluster known as MACSJ0025.4-1222 indicate that a titanic collision has separated dark from ordinary matter. This provides independent confirmation of a similar effect detected previously in a target dubbed the Bullet Cluster, showing that the Bullet Cluster is not an anomalous case.".

Wikipedia webpage on CLASH - Cluster Lensing and Supernova survey with Hubble.


This answer comes with a small warning. Actual dark matter has not been discovered, so this is theoretical, but a very well understood theory.

All matter, dark or light, affects the curvature of spacetime in the same way. The formula for the curvature is the Einstein Field Equation. The curvature is defined by the value of a 4x4 matrix, called the "stress energy tensor". Which describes the density of energy and momentum in space-time. The formula doesn't care if the energy and momentum comes from regular matter or dark matter.

  • $\begingroup$ I can't express my happiness which I got from your answer. If your answer is correct than it will be a good for me. Thanks for your answer sir. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 14:54

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