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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Is a nearby parallel universe still used as an explanation for dark matter?

Is the theory which explains dark matter as the gravitational pull of a nearby parallel universe still used as an explanation for dark matter, or does this theory lie already on the pile of forgotten ...
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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 theory of relativity. My question is: In ...
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Integrated Boltzmann equation for dark matter

In Dodelson's book, the equation for a scattering process $ a + b \Leftrightarrow c + d $ is given as \begin{align} a^{-3} \frac{\mathrm d (n_a a^3)}{\mathrm d t}&=-n^{\text{eq}}_a ...
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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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de-rotation of the cosmic microwave background polarization? [duplicate]

0 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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Was the matter-energy content of our universe always distributed in the same ratios?

Currently, Dark energy (68.3%) and Dark matter (26.8%) together constitute about 95.1% total matter-energy content of the universe while only 4.9% is ordinary baryonic matter. Was this always 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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Smoothed particle hydrodynamics in cosmological N-body simulations

What is the role of smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) in cosmological N-body simulations like the Millenium Run (performed with Gadget-2)?
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Big Freeze or Heat Death?

I can't seem to find this on the Internet.... Which is most likely to occur to "end" the universe, the big freeze scenario? Or the heat death scenario? P.s. When, if it does at all, will the ...
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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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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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What is the significance of Planck force?

I have been curious to find what could be the significance of Planck force? It is calculated by the formula $c^4/G = 1.21031359\times 10^{44} \, \mathrm{N}$, where $c$ is the speed of light and $G$ is ...
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Distance between two galaxies of different redshift

Let $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ two different objects in the Universe (we can think to two galaxies or quasars), that we observe from the Earth at different angular position $(\alpha_1,\delta_1)$, ...
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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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Friedmann equation in a matter dominated universe? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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Could a ship equipped with Alcubierre drive theoretically escape from a black hole?

Could a ship equipped with Alcubierre drive theoretically escape from a black hole? Also, could it reach parts of the universe that are receding faster than the speed of light from us?
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Did the Big Bang happen at a point?

TV documentaries invariably show the Big Bang as an exploding ball of fire expanding outwards. Did the Big Bang really explode outwards from a point like this? If not, what did happen?
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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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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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Inflation slow role potential $V=\frac12 m^2{\phi}^2$ [closed]

Consider a slow roll inflation potential $V(\phi)=\frac{1}{2} m^2 \phi^²$. Inflation begins right at the Planck scale with $\phi\sim M_{P}^4$. We want to show $\phi=\phi_{0}-\beta t,$ and get an ...
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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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The CMB and the Hubble comoving radius

I have been thinking on this for a while and i don't get it. My point is, the comoving Hubble radius $(aH)^{-1}$ is the distance at wich the universe expansion begins to be superluminical. In an ...
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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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The universe flat but how thick? [closed]

After reading about measurements of background radiation as evidence of a flat universe, I can not reconcile what is meant by 'flat', in both the observable and whole universe. Is it flat in all ...
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Have CMB photons “cooled” or been “stretched”?

Introductory texts and popular accounts of why we see the "once hot" CMB as microwaves nearly always say something about the photons "cooling" since the Big Bang. But isn't that misleading? Don't ...
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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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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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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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Can the cosmological constant change with time?

This post is a specialization of the post: Can the proportion of dark energy change? Can the cosmological constant change with time? If so, is there a measurement of this evolution up to now, ...
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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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Is the Universe being dragged into a singularity rather than expanding?

Recently I've read that the expansion of the Universe as observed is not exactly uniform as proposed by Hubble. Therefore is it possible that instead of space expanding in all directions all matter is ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...