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The European Physical Journal C

, 77:461

First Online: 11 July 2017Received: 23 January 2017Accepted: 23 June 2017

Abstract

We study the observational properties of a class of exact solutions of Einstein’s field equations describing stationary, axially symmetric, rigidly rotating dust i.e. non-interacting particles. We ask the question whether such solutions can describe astrophysical rotating dark matter clouds near the center of galaxies and we probe the possibility that they may constitute an alternative to supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies. We show that light emission from accretion disks made of ordinary baryonic matter in this space-time has several differences with respect to the emission of light from similar accretion disks around black holes. The shape of the iron K\\alpha \ line in the reflection spectrum of accretion disks can potentially distinguish this class of solutions from the Kerr metric, but this may not be possible with current X-ray missions.

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Author: Batyr Ilyas - Jinye Yang - Daniele Malafarina - Cosimo Bambi

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