Cosmological inflation refers to an era of expansion that lasted for approximately $10^{-34}$ seconds, during which the universe expanded by a factor of approximately $10^26$ in every direction. This is different from ordinary space expansion and from the acceleration in expansion we experience now ...

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Why do “Quantum Fluctuations” need Inflation to grow into cosmic scales?

This is a follow up to How do quantum fluctuations lead to overdense regions in the CMB? (which still hasn't been answered). The general logic of Inflation (if anything about the theory can be ...
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How do quantum fluctuations lead to overdense regions in the CMB?

I've read a lot of work about Inflation but yet to find a cogent description where someone explains exactly what 'quantum fluctuations' are and how they led to overdense regions in the CMB. I get the ...
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Why did the inflation era not produce decompactification of the extra dimensions of string theory?

My question is undoubtedly naive, due to lack of background, but any answers, or simply comments with short explanations of my incorrect assumptions, would be appreciated. I must point out this ...
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photons in expanding space: how is energy conserved? [duplicate]

If a photon (wave package) redshifts (streches) traveling in our expanding universe, is it's energy reduced? If so, where does it go?
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What was the diameter of the (observable?) universe at the end of inflation?

One reference says that during inflation, the universe expanded by a factor of 10**26. But I could find no reference to what the diameter was at the beginning. (Perhaps not surprisingly.) Is there an ...
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Stopping inflation, dark energy and switching it on again [duplicate]

Inflation is the current paradigm to explain several big problems of current cosmological models. My question is simple. Why or what stopped inflation and why is the cosmic acceleration behaviour ...
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Did the initiation of the Higgs Field and the inflationary period occur simultaneously?

My question is: Both of these concepts involve a phase transition and they both started, as far as I know, early in time, so are the above two ideas linked in any way? My first source for this query ...
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Connection between the energy scale when inflation starts, ends, the inflaton mass and the reheating temperature?

Let's assume inflation starts at some energy scale $E_s$ and ends at $E_e$. Is there anything general (I know there are many inflation models) one can say about the inflaton mass and the reheating ...
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In a perturbative FRW cosmology, why do constant-density hypersurfaces define a good gauge?

It appears to be common in the discussion of perturbative FRW cosmologies to choose a gauge using hypersurfaces for special values of some quantity, like surfaces of constant density $\rho$, constant ...
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Speed of inflation [duplicate]

The speed at which matter separated and formed our universe as we know it today was faster than the speed of light (I think its called Planck time)? Anyway how does this differ from saying that ...
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Is it plausible for spacetime to be shaped something like a torus? [duplicate]

I have heard three theories for how space-time is shaped, flat, sphere-like, or saddle-like. Flat is the most likely, as all our measurements implies that space time has curvature close to 0. Is it ...
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Can you compare curvatures in space, spacetime and hidden space?

Spacetime curvature is given by the cosmological constant, that produces a De-Sitter spacetime. It is non-zero. But space curvature is nearly zero (how close to zero, compared to the cosmological ...
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Is Dark Matter accounted for in early universe inflationary models?

In the early universe there must have been an abundance of dark matter unless it formed by some unknown process later on. If it were present, is this significant and factored into our models?
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What is the minisuperspace Lagrangian for gravity plus a scalar field?

In this paper by Sean Carroll and Grant Remmen, in equation (11) they write a Lagrangian of the form $$\boxed{\mathcal{L}=3a\left(k-\dot{a}^2\right)+a^3\left[\frac{1}{2}\dot\phi^2-V(\phi)\right]}$$ ...
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How to explain the homogeneity of the universe through a physic model [duplicate]

If in general, two objects homogenize themself by combining it's parts, why the horizon effect, based on a big bang model, excludes such an important physical interaction process? I wonder if this ...
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Correlation length during phase transitions in early Universe

During phase transitions of the second kind topological defects may form on the bounds of two areas separated by correlation length. In early Universe during phase transitions correlation length ...
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Can anyone explain the unit for rate of expansion of universe?

If you google for 'what is rate of expansion of universe' you get Space itself is pulling apart at the seams, expanding at a rate of 74.3 plus or minus 2.1 kilometers (46.2 plus or minus 1.3 ...
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Additional merits to Wetterich's “Universe without expansion” compared to standard cosmological redshift interpretation?

A recent news item in Nature promotes Wetterich's preprint "A Universe without expansion". All sounds very exciting but hard to judge for non-experts. As I understand from the Nature's article, the ...
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Why didn't we have inflation when the theory of everything and GUTS broke symmetry?

I asked this in astronomy and they suggested I ask it here. Inflation seems to have occurred when the symmetry breaking of the electroweak occurred. But do we know of any reason why we did not have ...
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Single field vs single clock inflation?

My question is very simple and short, but I couldn't find any explicit answer in papers and/or lecture notes. What is the difference between single field and single clock inflation? Or, maybe, what ...
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Can pre-inflationary gravitational attraction affect objects after inflation?

According to inflation theory, the inflation itself took place at some short yet finite time after Big Bang, so there should be some gravitational interactions present before inflation, some objects ...
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How can the universe be flat?

Okay, so I just want to clarify a few things. According to what I have read, we have measured the universe to be flat, and the shape of the universe is directly related to the mass-energy density. ...
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General questions related to inflation of the universe

(i) We know that the universe is expanding. As it expands, something has to "fill in", even if it is vacuum. Isn't energy required for this? For creating new "dark matter"? But we can't get energy ...
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By what process did the era of inflation end, or has it just slowed down (a lot)?

Could someone please explain the current model regarding: a) how the era of inflation was turned off (the graceful exit idea or alternatives)? b) what the timeline is between the era of inflation ...
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What's the difference between correlation functions and S-matrix, and between in-in formalism (or “closed time path formalism”) and in-out formalism?

I was reading the "in-in" formalism (or "closed time path formalism" used in condensed matter physics) in cosmology created by Schwinger in 1961, and there is a saying: "they care about correlation ...
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Was the expansion after the big bang faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

I think it's called Planck time and it's the speed at which matter spread during the big bang. Was the big bang expansion faster than the speed of light?
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Structure formation: growth of density perturbations in sub-horizon vs super-horizon scales

I've always had difficulty visualizing how sub-horizon scales work versus super-horizon scales. Inflation causes perturbations due to quantum fluctuations. These are under-densities and ...
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Need resource about super inflation in Loop Quantum Cosmology

In the current model during inflation H remains nearly constant where $ H = \frac{ \dot{a}}{a} $ but the scale factor a grows exponentially and requires a large number of e - folds N where $ N = ...
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Do we really need inflation for horizon problem?

This is a very fundamental doubt. I think i am missing something in inflation. The inflation theory solves the horizon problem by stating all of the universe started from a very small region in ...
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Cosmological fluctuations: what is gaussian?

When we are speaking about gaussianity and non-gaussianity in a cosmological context, what is gaussian or non-gaussian in the CMB? What would a non gaussian CMB look like compared to a gaussian one? ...
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What's the status of Cosmic Inflation after the BICEP2 debacle? [duplicate]

I've read that the gravitational waves supposedly discovered by the BICEP2 observatory last year (and touted as evidence for cosmic inflation) weren't actually gravitational waves, but some sort of ...
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Effective field theory of inflation in the slow roll case

I'm reading this set of notes by Daniel Baumann on the effective field theory of inflation but I can't quite understand one step in section 3.1.1 concerning slow roll inflation. Basically, the author ...
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Is there any limit on movement of space itself?

According to special relativity, c is the maximum speed at which all matter and information in the universe can travel. [IN SPACE] But the inflationary hypothesis says the space itself expanded ...
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Neutrinos born before inflation

What would happen, if there was (hypothetically, for any reason) a very large number of neutrinos+antineutrinos before the inflation period. They probably dont like to annihilate too much. I would ...
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Could dark energy be powered by force particles that obey quantum mechanics?

From what (little) I know about physics, I understand that the universe is expanding due to dark energy, and I understand that no one quite understands it yet. I also understand that the cosmic ...
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What does inflationary theory explain which quantum entanglement cannot?

Introduction This is an honest question... I don't study inflationary theory extensively (This is an understatement) but I am lost as to why it was developed in the first place. Here is why: ...
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Why does the $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$ model end up a cold de Sitter space?

If space-time is expanding at $a(t)=e^{Ht}$, you plug acceleration into the Hawking-Unruh temperature equation, solve for time, and get the cosmic horizon at the Planck temperature within about $4.4 ...
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Power spectrum calculation for simple inflaton potential

I am trying to obtain an expression for the power spectrum $\Delta (k)$ of cosmological perturbations, see for example eqn (148) from the following TASI lectures. Right now, I would like to use the ...
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How is it possible the universe expanded faster than the speed of light during inflation?

In a documentary written in collaboration with Stephen Hawking, the narrator (supposedly Stephen Hawkings) says that by the time the cosmos was 10 minutes old, it had already expanded thousands of ...
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How much has the universe expanded in total from the onset of inflation until today?

Starting from the onset of inflation, through inflation, reheating, radiation domination, matter domination, the transition toward dark energy domination all the way to today, how many e-folds of ...
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Gravity and the Speed of Light

Let's assume that I am on an airplane that is at about 4,000 altitude and now let's also assume that I am standing on one of the wings with a light torch, if I point the light torch below to the ...
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Quantum Entanglement Versus Inflation in the Early Universe?

Quantum entanglement is one of the most fascinating and mysterious phenomena in nature. It needs no interactions, or any sort of exchange for it to take place. It is possible, not against any rules of ...
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Schwarzschild radius after inflation [duplicate]

Update and refinement of previous question. At the beginning (Big Bang) if there was parhaps a singlarity as such GR, Quantum theory breaks down and we do not really know what happens. that's why I ...
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Why is space (almost) flat? Is it because masses are approximately homogeneously distributed? [duplicate]

The question I have is: Why is space (almost perfectly) flat in our neighbourhood? (I am disregarding the deviations due to the sun and the planets.) Is it correct to say that space is (almost) flat ...
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Is the size of the universe directly related to its temperature? [duplicate]

The universe was at its hottest when it was at its smallest. As the universe expands, it gets cooler. Is the expansion of the universe the direct cause the cooling? I suppose it would be more clear ...
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The Big Crunch and perceived entropy

I'm aware of the Big Crunch theory, that once at capacity, the universe may collapse in on itself. Hawking once theorized that time may go backwards during this crunch. So, that got me thinking: how ...
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How can the universe by infinite when it has known start and finite time since? [duplicate]

Just watched the 'How Big is the Universe?' TV program and it indicated that the universe is believed to be infinite in size. They used an approach involving measuring the internal angles of ...
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Is inflation theory really dead?

I know the title is little bit challenging but maybe most of you heard about the last BICEP2 paper on February. As I have read about it here and here. My understanding is, BICEP2 results released on ...
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Inflation as simply expansion of “previous space time”?

Suppose space-time is expanding at an ever accelerating rate now, and supposing it continues doing so in the future, won't our universe at some point in the far far distant future look exactly like it ...
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How does inflation relate to spontaneous matter creation?

According to Inflation for Beginners, ... quantum physics allows the entire Universe to appear, in this supercompact form, out of nothing at all, as a cosmic free lunch. The idea that the Universe ...