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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Do intergalactic magnetic fields imply an Open Universe?

According to a paper on the arXiv (now published in Phys Rev D), they do. How credible is this result? The abstract says: The detection of magnetic fields at high redshifts, and in empty ...
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Does quark color contribute to “spin degeneracy” for QGP calculations?

Like the title say, does quark color matter in counting contributions in a early universe plasma (QGP), as when adding up the total plasma energy density, or is it just spin? The book I have (Pathria) ...
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Why hasn't warm dark matter replaced cold dark matter as the standard model of cosmology?

The $\Lambda\rm CDM$ (cold dark matter with cosmological constant) is the current standard model of cosmology because the model comes with a long list of phenomena successfully explained by it. ...
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Does the radius of the Universe correspond to its total entropy?

I heard a claim that due to holographic principle, the surface area of the cosmic horizon corresponds to the universe's total entropy. As such the initial state had zero surface area and later ...
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Equation of motion for cyclic model of the universe

I recently started to study about cyclic universe. I came across this article [1]. My question is about the action that used for describing the cyclic model: $$S = \int d^{4}x\sqrt{-g}(\frac{1}{16\pi ...
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Time diffeomorphisms breaking in inflation

I am currently working on the topic of inflation. It seems that at the stage of inflation, the universe can be described as a de Sitter space. In such a space, all spacetime diffeomorphisms are ...
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Poincare recurrence and the multiverse

In this paper Susskind claims that a stable de Sitter universe is problematic (among other things) due to the existence of Poincare recurrence, which happen because of finite entropy. I disagree that ...
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Does the Standard Model plasma develop a spontaneous magnetisation at finite temperature?

Reference: arXiv:1204.3604v1 [hep-ph] Long-range magnetic fields in the ground state of the Standard Model plasma. Alexey Boyarsky, Oleg Ruchayskiy, Mikhail Shaposhnikov. The authors of this paper ...
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Status of large-scale structure formation within cosmology today

Since the CMB results of the past decade, would it be fair to say that the consensus among cosmologists is that cosmic strings are no longer considered as a (major) source for density perturbations? ...
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Victorian cosmology after the second law of thermodynamics but before relativity?

In the 19th century, most astronomers adopted an island universe model, in which our galaxy was the only object in an infinite space. They didn't know that the "spiral nebulae" were other galaxies. ...
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Which cosmological models support the Boltzmann Brain Paradox?

In this article, they mention that the Boltzmann Brain paradox is supported by 'the best cosmological models.' However, it gives no references, and I haven't found any by a Google search. I was ...
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How many orders of magnitude in energy spans the Standard Model phenomenological spectrum?

I am wondering if it makes sense to state that the upper limit is roughly 1012 eV (up to know the physics probed by the LHC seems to be pretty consistent with the SM) and the lower one is ... the ...
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$f_{NL}$ non-Gaussianity in cosmology

In the context of cosmology, what is meant by "..arbitrary quadratic non-Gaussianity i.e non-Gaussianity that is described to leading order by a 3-point function.."? (.."quadratic non-Gaussianity" ...
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Implications of Unruh-inertia to theories of gravity

If it turns out to be true that the galaxy rotation curves can be explained away by Unruh modes that become greater than the Hubble scale at accelerations around $10^{-10} m/s^2$ as proposed in here, ...
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Dark Matter and Modified Gravity

Could someone please explain briefly or refer me to an article or manuscript that shows how f(R) modified gravity theories can be used to explain the problem of Dark Matter, particularly Galaxy ...
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What does it mean to have infinite negative conformal time?

In the context of Inflationary Cosmology, it is postulated that there was a period of shrinking Hubble Sphere radius $(aH)^{-1}$. $$ \frac{d}{dt} (aH)^{-1} < 0 $$ Then the regions of the ...
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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 $$a^{-3} \frac{ d (n_a a^3)}{d t}=-n^{\text{eq}}_a n^{\text{eq}}_b<\sigma v>(\frac{n_a ...
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Thomson scattering on the elections does not produce any circular polarization?

All references on CMB polarization has this statement as if it is a trivial fact. But I have to admit that I completely don't understand what this sentence is telling us.
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When Did Structures Begin to Orbit in the Universe?

In Big Bang Cosmology, I am familiar with the radiation era, and the moment of last scattering, but I am just not familiar with the physics of orbits, or of the “falling outward,“ if you will, that ...
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Active-sterile mixing for KeVins

People sometimes talk about KeV mass sterile neutrinos as a warm dark matter candidate. I think they call them KeVins (horrible name btw). Now, In order for it to be a good dark matter candidate it ...
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Which cosmological dark matter theory is most compatible with current particle physics?

This occurred to me while I was writing Why hasn't warm dark matter replaced cold dark matter as the standard model of cosmology? but I think this deserves a question of its own. The background ...
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How do inflationary models predict the generation of gravitational waves during the inflationary period?

Recent results from the BICEP2 experiment have produced a lot of talk about the primordial gravitational waves produced during the inflationary period. I would like to have some explanation about how ...
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Should a radiation-filled Universe be scale invariant?

Imagine a spatially flat Universe, without cosmological constant, filled only with EM radiation. As Maxwell's equations without charges or currents are scale invariant then should this Universe be ...
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Connection between BAO und CMB Spectrum

I have a problem understanding the connection between the accoustic peaks in the CMB spectrum and the baryon oscillation picture. On the one hand it is stated, that the odd accoustic peaks (1,3,5..) ...
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Why can't Wetterich's “Universe without expansion” be tested compared to standard cosmological redshift?

I have read on several sites that this is a theory that cannot be tested. Why is this a theory that can not be tested? It seems to me that if the mass of particles is continually increasing, then the ...
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What is the theoretical geometry of bubble universes?

My research has led me to look into the idea of bubble universes which I don't know very much about. The first thing that I am looking for is understanding or visualising how could many bubbles ...
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Are there any stable (not metastable) string theory compactifications with a positive cosmological constant?

Previously, on Save us from swallowing baby universes, please!, I asked how we can be saved from false vacuum decay assuming we are living in a false vacuum. What if we are living in a stable vacuum ...
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Were fermions ever massless?

In a discussion of the Standard model and Higgs mechanism it was claimed that accordingly: "During an early phase of the cosmos all fermions were massless." I wonder whether this claim can be ...
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what is the radial extent of the last scattering “shell”?

At CMB recombination (z=1090), what is the radial extent of the last scattering "shell"? a) Delta(z) = .... b) Delta(comoving angular distance)= ....Mpc The WMAP first-year parameters give Delta(z) ...
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At what expansion rate (H) would virtual particles be ripped apart into real particles, and what might be the density (temperature) of such an event?

Is it even possible for a virtual particle-antiparticle pair to be torn apart by cosmological expansion? Virtual particle-antiparticle pairs are ripped apart near black hole event horizons, creating ...
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Evolution of black holes ensemble

Background: I’ve read many times that arrow of time can be explained from extremely low entropy of the Universe at the Big Bang (http://preposterousuniverse.com/eternitytohere/faq.html). The argument ...
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Questions about classical and quantum scale invariance

This is kind of a continuation of this and this previous questions. Say one has a free "classical" field theory which is scale invariant and one develops a perturbative classical solution for an ...
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In the αβγ cosmology paper, how do the authors assume the integral of density over time in the early universe?

In the famous Alpher-Bethe-Gamow paper, the authors say: "it is necessary to assume the integral of $\sigma_n dt$ during the building-up period is equal to $5 \times 10^4 \frac{\text{g ...
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squeezed radiation astronomy

Squeezed electromagnetic vacuum does have a renormalized energy density smaller than the vacuum. So it makes it in my opinion a inconspicuous candidate for a dark energy carrier. Are there ...
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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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How is translational symmetry related to Fourier decomposition?

The book (The Cosmic Microwave Background By Ruth Durrer) about cosmological perturbations says that because of translational symmetry of the background at a constant time, we can decompose our ...
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Validity of Press-Schechter formalism at the end of recombination

I was wondering if Press-Schechter formalism on Spherical collapse is applicable sometime at the end of recombination, i.e. the photons have started to free stream but the free streaming length is ...
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Fluid approximation for inflaton?

In cosmology there is a widely used fluid approximation which applies when the mean free path is very small compared to the scale of observation and then all the properties of stress energy tensor can ...
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Is the Boltzmann brain problem really clearly established as a problem?

Starting from the assumption of a cosmology in which Boltzmann brains dominate over evolved ones, it is not immediately obvious to me that there is a real problem, since only Boltzmann brains ...
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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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Using the boltzmann equation to find neutrino decoupling temperature

I'm an undergraduate student currently following a particle astrophysics lecture. I was reading some stuff about the neutrinos decoupling before the $e^+ e^-$ annihilations. It's possible to quickly ...
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How do we get the power spectrum through the CMB?

How do we get the power spectrum through observing the CMB?
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Dark Energy EoS: which models ruled out, which remain?

Dark energy density is mostly assumed to be a constant, where the equation of state for w=-1 (for radiation it would be w=1/3, for matter w=0 and for curvature -1/3), so in the simplest model the ...
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What role did the Higgs boson play in the Big Bang?

Scientists say that inflation stopped when a very peculiar energy was mobilized, did Higgs boson play any role in this? What is it's relation to the Big Bang? Some physicists, such as Michio Kaku, ...
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Statistics of Black Holes

I am hoping to collect information about the sampling distribution of black hole sizes, densities, and their relative spatial distribution within galaxies and other formations. By sampling ...
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Why the initial spectrum of perturbation of inflation must be Gaussian?

Why the initial spectrum of perturbation of inflation must be Gaussian? I heared it was because of Central Limit theorem. But I don't know how use this theorem explicitly in this question to get this ...
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Avoiding Pseudo-tensors when addressing global conservation of energy in GR

Discussions about global conservation of energy in GR often invoke the use of the stress-energy-momentum pseudo-tensor to offer up a sort of generalization of the concept of energy defined in a way ...
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Units and missing constants in quintessence expressions?

In cosmology, quintessence is an alternative to the cosmological constant. In this approach (described here), we consider a scalar field $\phi$ and its self-interacting potential $V\left(\phi\right)$ ...
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Does cosmological time expand like space does?

The FRW metric is given by: $$ds^2=-dt^2+a^2(t)\ dr^2$$ where $ds$ is an interval of proper length, $dt$ is an interval of cosmic time, $dr$ is an interval of co-moving co-ordinate distance and $a(t)$ ...
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Dependence of the neutron-freeze-out temperature

What is the physical explanation for the dependence for the freeze-out temperature $T_\text{F0}$ of the neutrons as a function of the number of degrees of freedom $g^\star$? ...