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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How long would it take matter to double according to the steady-state theory?

So the universe would have to maintain an average constant density, right? If that's the case, then would I just have to calculate how long it would take for space to double in size? Would I just go ...
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What would a universe that expands at a constant rate, that has no pressure, and no cosmological constant be like?

Consider a universe that is expanding at a constant rate, or that a double dot is zero, and there is negligible pressure and no cosmological constant. What are some of its properties?
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Question of the scale factor $a(t)$ for the dark-energy, $\Lambda$, epoch

Just a quick question. I find a lot that the scale-factor $a(t)$ goes as $a(t)\propto{\exp(Ht)}$ in the $\Lambda$ dominated model, however, what I am specifically looking for is the exact scale factor ...
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What's the bubble's wall made up of in false vacuum decay? [closed]

It is well known that for some kind of double well potentials, there are two minima with one is unstable called the false vacuum while the other stable one called the true vacuum. The tunneling is ...
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In what manner does momentum of a particle with mass decrease due to spatial expansion?

I've read that the momentum of particles declines due to the universe's expansion. In particular, that $p \propto \frac{1}{a}$, where $a$ is the scale factor. For light, this momentum reduction ...
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Vacuum solutions to the EFEs

I was wondering if there are any papers in which authors have compared cosmological observations to those phenomena predicted by vacuum solutions to the EFEs? Obviously there is matter in the ...
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How to understand particle decoupling in the early universe?

We often say that when the rate of some interactions, say the beta decay and electron capture, are slower that the rate of universe's expansion, then the corresponding particles, say neutrinos, ...
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Why is it useful to study spatially inhomogeneous spacetimes? [closed]

There are many scholars who have dedicated their efforts towards finding solutions to the Einstein Field Equations that are spatially inhomogeneous. Current cosmological observations indicate that on ...
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How do we know that supermassive black holes formed in the early universe?

Could they have existed from the very beginning? Could they be leftover fragments of the cosmic egg?
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Matter and dark energy

So dark energy is the biggest thing in the universe, it keeps accelerating the expansion. But it's a constant so at some point there was a matter - dark energy equivalence. My question is how can you ...
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How long was the universe radiation dominated?

Using the Friedmann metric I've been trying to calculate how long the universe was radiation energy dominated. I've reduced the metric to: $c.dt$ = $a(t).dr$ where a is the scale factor. I can work ...
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How far can a sub-light-speed particle travel? And how fast will it arrive? [duplicate]

If we send a photon away from earth, it would eventually reach a comoving distance of about 16.5 billion light years (the universe's event horizon). I'm interested in how far (in comoving distance) ...
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The cosmological constant as a Lagrange multiplier?

The cosmological constant $\Lambda$ can be introduced into the gravitational action like this : \begin{equation} S = \frac{1}{2 \kappa} \int_{\Omega} (R - 2 \Lambda) \sqrt{-g} \; d^4 x + \text{matter ...
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Is spacetime elastic or inelastic [closed]

If spacetime is nonelastic and the zero mass curvature is zero than local perturbations of spacetime by mass describable as circumference -2r(pi)is less than zero must be balanced by areas of ...
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Does matter shrink due to energy radiation and does it have anything to do with dark matter and dark energy?

Is matter shrinking? Is shrinking the cause of concentrated dark matter that makes up matter moving from concentration to unconcentration. Does dark energy and expansion of the universe come from this ...
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Most stationary object in the universe

There is an object in the universe for which the Sun appears to be more stationary as it travels through the universe than a star on some other system. There is probably another object for which both ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics imply a spacetime beginning of the universe?

Recently I have been studying thermodynamics and I noticed a article by a religious person which says that the second law of thermodynamics proves that the universe had a beginning. A spacetime one. ...
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Is the CMB Cold spot growing or shrinking?

What do we know about the nature of this region of the sky? is that region entirely devoid of galaxies? Could it be a bubble void, and we are simply unable to see the galaxies that are on the ...
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Observed flux from distant galaxies

If anyone is able to shed some light on this (pun intended). For an observed distant galaxy with known luminosity: L = 10^10 L(sun), the light is emitted at redshift z = 2 The Flux equation is F = ...
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Drawbacks of single-field inflationary models with $\phi^2$ or $\phi^4$ potential?

I am aware that existing models of inflation, especially the single field chaotic inflation with quadratic or quartic potential, e.g. $$ V = \frac12 m^2 \phi^2 \qquad \text{or} \qquad \lambda \phi^4 ...
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An argument that massive particles don't redshift?

I start with the spatially flat FRW metric in conformal co-ordinates: $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(d\eta^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2)$$ This metric has the following non-zero Christoffel symbols: \begin{eqnarray} ...
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Why is the universe expanding while its components actually attract each other?

First of all, what's the difference between gravity & gravitation? Anyway that's not the actual question. If every matter attracts each other toward itself, then wasn't the universe supposed to be ...
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DGP model, minus one dimension

Is there a name for a theory like the DGP model, but with one fewer dimension? That is, a theory whose action consists of the 4D Einstein Hilbert action at long distances, and the 3D one at small ...
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how is the state parameter determined?

For radiation, dark energy and dust the pressure and energy density are related, respectively, by: $p=\frac{1}{3}\rho$ $p=-\rho$ $p=0$ My question is why? How does one show that this is how ...
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Cosmology: Gravitational collapse, particle horizon

Looking for some insight on this. I know gravitational collapse happens when the size (lambda) of perturbation is greater than the Jeans length (lambda J) of the medium. How might I express (lambda ...
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Cosmology: Partical horizons and structure formation

In the concept of 'particle horizons' and structure formation. How would I show that before the matter-radiation equality, the proper particle horizon during this era evolves as Dh=2ct, where t is ...
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What are the definitions and the differences between string “background” and string “vacuum”?

In cosmology one studies perturbations around FRW metric classically (pure GR, we say that we perturbe the FWR "background"). In QFT we have perturbation theory quantistically (we expand around a ...
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Does rest mass increase in the FRW metric?

The flat FRW metric can be written in conformal co-ordinates: $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(d\eta^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2)$$ where $\eta$ is conformal time. Let us assume that $a(\eta_0)=1$ when $\eta_0$ is the present ...
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Is there a relationship between the Cosmological constant and the Hubble constant?

I looked around to see if this precise question was asked before and it appears not to be. So is it just me or has anyone else noticed that, no matter what consistent set of units you use, $$ ...
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Why doesn't the Cosmic Microwave Background heat my food like a Microwave?

I know the reason we have a CMB is because the photons don't react with any of the matter in the universe, or the mean distance between interactions for photons generated since decoupling is now the ...
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Is Salah A. Mabkhout's hyperbolic universe theory convincing? [closed]

Did Salah A. Mabkhout develop a formula accounting for the flat rotation curve without a need for dark matter? Is his theory of the hyperbolic universe paradigm convenient? Did his theory connect both ...
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Can space move? [closed]

I have some questions; I hope you don't mind: $\bullet$ If the space between two distance galaxies is increasing, then is the volumes of space in which the galaxies find themselves also moving apart? ...
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Expanding universe via vaccuum?

I was wondering if anyone looked at the expanding model of the universe in terms of a vacuum pulling the universe out rather than an explosion pushing the universe outwards? Or explain why this model ...
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Is there a model of the universe with the transfinite (space)time?

In mathematics there is a concept of ordinal numbers where one can count to infinity and beyond. For example the least number that is greater than all the finite numbers is denoted by $\omega$. Such ...
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Definition of Energy in Friedmann equations?

The first Friedmann equation for a flat Universe is given by: $$\bigg(\frac{\dot{a}(t)}{a(t)}\bigg)^2 = \frac{8 \pi G}{3} \rho(t)$$ The energy density $\rho(t)$ is given by: $$\rho(t) \propto ...
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Is the fluctuation pattern of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) identical in every location of the universe?

I know that the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) is the leftover radiation from the "surface of last scattering". Let's say an alien civilisation lives on andromeda or further away. Would they see ...
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Direct vs indirect detection of dark matter

Background There are two categories of searches for dark matter. Direct Detection via reproducible experiments Indirect detection Detection of e.g. annihilation signal from astrophysical sources ...
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Do clouds of dark matter cool and contract?

If dark matter participates in the weak interaction, clouds could cool via thermal neutrino radiation...? And even if does not participate in the weak interaction, clouds should contract via ...
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Infalling light signals seen by a free falling observer

In this question/answer Does someone falling into a black hole see the end of the universe?, it is stated that an observer free falling toward/into a black hole will not see the end of the Universe ...
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Why should we expect dark matter with weak scale masses?

The WIMP "miracle" is often used to motivate WIMPs: that a WIMP with a weak-scale mass naturally freezes out of thermal equilibrium after the big bang with the right relic abundance. I understand the ...
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Describing the shape of a singularity

Hawking and Ellis write about the difficulty of describing the shape of a singularity when presented with a manifold that has curves of finite length that don't reach a point in the manifold. ...
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What is considered now over astronomical distances?

For the sake of discussion, let's say that Mars is exactly 5 light-minutes away and that Earth and Mars are moving with the exact same velocity so that special relativistic effects are irrelevant. ...
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Nomenclature “Material System”

This is just a quick question about nomenclature from General Relativity. Most textbooks refer to "material systems"; 1) Does a material system have to be a system with mass? or can it just be a ...
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How accurately could we theoretically see into far space?

Travels to different galaxies are strongly limited by the speed of light. Unless we find a way to travel through space with some wormholes, we will never reach planets in another galaxy. But what ...
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Is a terminal gravitational center to the universe possible?

The current consensus is that there is no evidence of, or no way to tell whether or not there is a center to the universe. Considering our observable universe is only a small portion of what we know ...
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Backwards in time?

A “Universe Today” article titled “Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us Faster than the Speed of Light” prompted the following question, which the author of the article was unable to answer: “Would such ...
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Could we recognize our galaxy by looking at it from a different place in the universe? [duplicate]

Suppose we're in an unknown place in the universe, only knowing that the Milky Way is somewhere is the sky (but of course, younger that it actually is, due to unknown distance light has to travel to ...
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Universe Expansion - Could galaxies be moving away from each other due to photon bombardment?

We know galaxies are moving apart from each other due to the ability to look at the color shift of those galaxies. The fact that galaxies are moving apart seems to be most-widely attributed to the ...