### The Luminous Convolution Model for spiral galaxy rotation curves

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The Luminous Convolution Model (LCM) is an empirical formula, based on a heuristic convolution of Relativistic transformations, which makes it possible to predict the observed rotation curves of a broad class of spiral galaxies from luminous matter alone. Since the LCM is independent of distance estimates or dark matter halo densities, it is the first model of its kind which constrains luminous matter modeling directly from the observed spectral shifts of characteristic photon emission/absorption lines. In this paper we present the LCM solution to a diverse sample of twenty-five (25) galaxies of varying morphologies and sizes. For the chosen sample, it is shown that the LCM is more accurate than either Modified Newtonian Dynamics or dark matter models and returns physically reasonable mass to light ratios and exponential scale lengths. Unlike either Modified Newtonian Dynamics or dark matter models, the LCM predicts something which is directly falsifiable through improvements in our observational capacity, the luminous mass profile. The question, while interesting, of if the LCM constrains the relation of the baryonic to dark matter is beyond the scope of the current work. The focus of this paper is to show that it is possible to describe a broad and diverse spectrum of galaxies efficiently with the LCM formula. Moreover, since the LCM free parameter predicts the ratio of the Milky Way galaxy baryonic mass density to that of the galaxy emitting the photon, if the Milky Way mass models can be trusted at face values, we then show that the LCM becomes a zero parameter model. This paper substantially expands the results in arXiv:1309.7370 and arXiv:1407:7583.