Regular Article – Theoretical Physics
Relativistic corrections to the rotation curves of disk galaxies
University of Virginia, 22904, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Accepted: 8 February 2021
Published online: 3 March 2021
We present a method to investigate relativistic effects arising from large masses. The method is non-perturbative and employs a mean-field approximation and gravitational lensing. Using this method and a basic model of disk galaxy, we find that relativistic corrections to the rotation curves of disk galaxies are significant at large galactic radii. The model predicts a strong correlation between the inferred galactic dark mass and the galactic disk thickness, which we verified using two separate sets of observational data.
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