The study of the large-scale structure, history, and future of the universe. Cosmology is about asking and answering questions about the "big picture" - the extent, origin, and fate of everything we know.

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Which 'annihilation' processes dump energy to the cosmological plasma?

I have been considering a generalisation of the cosmological process involved in computing the temperature of the cosmic neutrino background. It is well-known that (simplistically) this temperature ...
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What is the estimator that used to de-rotation of CMB polarization? [duplicate]

For de-rotation of CMB polarization we need to use of estimator for rotation angle. and used many estimator for this process.
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Where is the origin of cosmic expansion? [duplicate]

Perhaps, a rudimentary or dumb question, but nevertheless am curious. There is the idea that space is expanding at an exponential rate. From where? If everywhere, why doesn't this rapid creation of ...
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How many times does baryogenesis happen during the history of the universe?

Does the baryogenesis happen both in GUT epoch and electroweak Epoch during the history of the universe? If yes, are there any differences during this two times?
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Will the CMB rest frame always coincide with co-moving coordinates?

I understand that the CMB rest frame for a typical FLRW universe should coincide with co-moving coordinates, but under what conditions won't the two coincide? For example if the universe had some net ...
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Is a nearby parallel universe still in use as an explanation for dark matter?

Is the theory which explains dark matter as the effect of a nearby parallel universe still used as an explanation for dark matter, or does this theory already lie on the pile of forgotten theories?
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Hubble's constant measured by observer approaching light speed

I recently read about expansion of the universe and I can't figure out if Hubble's law (and other models of expansion of the universe) is compatible with the theory of relativity. My question is: In ...
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de-rotation of the cosmic microwave background polarization? [duplicate]

What is the estimator that used to de-rotation of cosmic microwave background polarization for Planck?
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How did the universe shift from “dark matter dominated” to “dark energy dominated”?

In order to get dark energy to dominate, wouldn't you first need another form of energy to push the expansion until dark energy could dominate? Otherwise I don't understand how the universe could ...
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Boltzmann brain vs random star formation [on hold]

I can (sort of) understand the Boltzmann brain paradox, but I have a specific question. If the universe does turn into being a thermal equilibrium in a box, wouldn't a scenario consisting of the ...
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In an infinite universe, would there be an infinite amount of matter as well?

Or would you eventually reach a point past which there is no matter? How would an infinite amount of matter work? Would it sort of "loop back" to the beginning, or would it be entirely unique the ...
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Gravitational wave and string theory

I'm new to physics and have been reading about fundamental and textbook physics text, which is the Young & Freedman University Physics (good book). I'm little skeptical towards string theory as ...
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Friedmann equation in a matter dominated universe? [closed]

Prove that the Friedmann equation in a matter dominated universe is: $$\dot{R}^2=\frac{8\pi G\rho}{3}R^2-k$$ Where $R$ is a scale factor, $\rho$ is the matter density and $k$ is a positive constant. ...
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How to understand that Inflation generate almost scale-invariant perturbations?

Since during the inflation, the Hubble rate is approximately constant, the perturbations generated by inflation are almost scale-invariant. How to understand that?
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What is meant by the term “value” of a scalar quantum field?

During the slow roll of a scalar field, the scalar field is changing its value over time. But what is meant by the term "value" of a scalar field? Since the scalar field is quantized, I don't ...
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Slow-Roll: What is the energy of a scalar field transformed to due to Hubble friction?

So, I've lately been reading about the Slow-Roll approximation of scalar fields. However - since I don't really know that much about cosmology - I have some trouble regarding the understanding of the ...
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Going to the Einstein frame in f(R) theories

First of all thank you for your time! I have a question that I can't solve. In every review that I read, I find that when you want to go to the Einstein frame in a $f(R)$ theory what you have to do ...
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What is at the centre of the universe? [duplicate]

If the big bang theory is correct then shouldn't there be an expanding mass at the centre of the universe. A black hole or something of that nature?
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Considering dark energy and other factors, what is the most distant object light could reach?

If we send a photon from Earth at this moment, what is the most distant object that it could reach? This question is partly inspired by this video which states we cannot ever travel beyond our local ...
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Baryon / lepton number violation equivalence in Sakharov conditions

In the Sakharov conditions for matter-antimatter asymmetry the requirement for the baryon number violation is often interchanged with lepton number violation. In the context of the Sakharov ...
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How to de-rotate the cosmic microwave background polarization?

the polarization of CMB is rotated by effect of cosmological birefringence. then to remove this rotation of polarization, we need to de-rotate this polarization. but I know about this de-rotating ...
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Is matter shrinking rather than,or additionally to, the universe expanding? [duplicate]

If the universe came into existence in nothing, then shouldn't the spaces between the smallest elements of matter be filled with nothing? Then shouldn't the primarily attractive forces of the universe ...
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About the use of Newtonian Relations for the movement of stars in the Galaxy [duplicate]

From a General Relativity point of view Gravity is given as the result of spacetime curvature interacting with energy-mass density. To get to the Newtonian limit one needs to take a) ...
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Can we see the past view of our galaxy while observing in the sky because of the homogeneous structure of our universe?

As a sense, we think that simple speed addition should work ($V_1+V_2$) for all references but we know today that universe does not match our this sense. We cannot exceed the speed of light in any ...
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Why does the flatness problem (of the universe) present a fine tuning problem?

The Friedmann equation can be written $$|\Omega-1|=\frac{|k|}{a^2H^2}$$ In a period where the universe is decelerated $a^2H^2$ becomes bigger as we extrapolate into the past. We know $|\Omega-1|$ ...
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How inflation solves the horizon problem

This is a little embarrassing but I don't understand how the inflation model solves the horizon problem. My doubt is the following: What does the occurrence of an exponential expansion of the early ...
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Poincare recurrence time of the Universe

I've read around a bit, and it seems to be universal that the notion of a Poincare recurrence time for the universe exists. And it seems to be debated that the universe can be given an entropy, as it ...
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At a center of Gödel's universe

A few quick questions clarifying a picture about Gödel's universe, they bug me badly! Taken from here. So Gödel's universe is made out of dust particles. All of them have angular velocity. Do this ...
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Basic question on Cosmic Strings

What is the typical size of Cosmic String Loops? If a loop is formed today, what are the restrictions on its size? I would like to know if there is a distribution of cosmic strings depending on its ...
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How are the particles produced at the very early universe?

We know that according the standard model of cosmology $\Lambda {\rm CDM}$, there is a primordial plasma after the inflation. And then we study the non-equilibrium evolution of this plasma such as ...
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Could Dark energy and Dark matter just simply be a warping of spacetime? [closed]

Why do most theories about what Dark energy and Dark matter is make it so that these substances (or not) need to be some kind of undiscovered particle? Would it be possible for Dark energy to simply ...
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Hubble time and age of the universe

I'm having trouble with the following derivation of the 'age of the universe': http://imgur.com/gRvLWX8 The parts I'm struggling to conceptualize is what a 'universe expanding' means, and also why ...
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Universe Expanding

Quick question that I was just hoping to get some clarification on. Current theories state that the universe is expanding; with those planets farther away moving away from us at a faster rate. Is it ...
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Space expanding within atoms [duplicate]

I'm hoping that "all questions are good questions." I'm a layman enthusiastically trying to comprehend cosmology and physics, and the more I learn the more questions I have. My understanding is that ...
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Intuition about the cosmological significance of the chemical potential

A definition of the chemical potential that has always served me well is $$\mu_i = \Big(\frac{\partial U}{\partial N_i}\Big)_{S,V},$$ that is, the amount of energy one would have to add to a system ...
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The density parameter consistency relations in cosmology?

Hopefully this is an easy one. I've been asked to derive something using something referred to as the density parameter consistency relations. I'm not to sure what these are referring to exactly? ...
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Does absolute motion exist?

Is it possible to determine if an object is in absolute motion by putting a (massless) accelerometer on it (from the moment it came into existence), and see if a flat line is recorded? An object is ...
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What is the difference and/or similarity between multiple universes in inflation and in quantumphysics? [duplicate]

Some theories propose that there are more universes. In one of them it is said that there are parallel universes, due to inflations after the big bang that created them. But in the two-slit ...
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Entropy always increases in a closed system - what if the universe is open?

An interesting question I was asked: Entropy always increases in a closed system - what if the universe is open? Does that mean that entropy can decrease in such a system? Of course, I think there is ...
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Boötes Void numbers, 2016

As a general science (hence Wikipedia!) reader, the latest information I have is that 60 galaxies have been found and counted inside the Boötes void, this of 1997. (1) What is the latest count of ...
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Baryon Acoustic oscillations - simple confusion about length scales

I am confused about length scales and baryon acoustic oscillations. I am clearly missing something very simple. The length scale found in the $SDSS$ and $2dF$ data is quoted as being $150Mpc$. ...
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Measuring the growth of the Hubble sphere

I have a question which I believe will greatly help my understanding of the Hubble sphere and what it means physically. Say we have a flat ($k=0$) Universe with no dark energy ($\Lambda=0$) during ...
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How does the inclusion of vacuum energy modify Newtonian gravity equation of motion?

The equation of motion (in the center of mass frame) due only to gravitational forces between two point masses is: $$\frac{d^2r}{dt^2} = -\frac{GM}{r^2}$$ How does the equation get modified when a ...
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The reason for the fading of galaxies?

Galaxies that are greater than a distance of c/H metres from Earth have recessional velocities exceeding the speed of light and begin to fade. Thus, theoretical astronomers 3 trillion years the future ...
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Are there characteristics that distinguish our universe?

Are there any defining characteristics of our universe that could be different for other universes (or "instances of our universe") that operate under the same laws of physics? And which, if any, are ...
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Any method to determine the gravitational constant $G$ from observations in cosmological scale?

By the observations in cosmological scale, I mean observations by astrophysicists like motions of quasars in far distance from us, relative motions of our galaxy to others, etc. I know the famous ...
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Gravitational entropy [duplicate]

In the beginning (big bang), mass was evenly distributed (if you consider an elementary particle as an extended object, like a circle on a very thin cylinder, with a radius near the Planck length, but ...
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Two Robertson-Walker observers, at what time will a light signal be received?

Here is a question I have that is inspired by this question here. The spacetime metric of a radiation-filled, spatially flat ($k = 0$) Robertson-Walker universe is given by$$ds^2 = - dT^2 + T[dx^2 + ...
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Cosmic Rest Frame

Cosmic Rest Frame is defined in the paper "Adventures in Friedmann cosmology :A detailed expansion of cosmological Friedmann equations" by R Nemiroff and B Patla as the frame at a point where average ...
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Is it possible for dark energy density be decreasing? [closed]

I have an equation relating dark energy density and temperature, actually they have a linear relationship, my question is how to choose the temperature? If I choose the temperature of universe, the ...