The question is that how can we make sure that our universe is baryon asymmetric? I mean, is it possible that there are antimatter domains beyond some very large scale. Yes, if that kind of domains exist, the scale must be very large. But does such constraint bring any problems such that we prefer to believe the baryon asymmetry?

  • $\begingroup$ Some parts of the Universe are too far away for the light emitted since the Big Bang to have had enough time to reach Earth, so these portions of the Universe lie outside the observable universe. So we can't be sure what is outside our observable "bubble". $\endgroup$
    – user108787
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ see here physics.stackexchange.com/questions/178088/… $\endgroup$
    – anna v
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 19:28
  • $\begingroup$ @count_to_10, yeah, that is the point of this post. $\endgroup$
    – Wein Eld
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 19:38
  • $\begingroup$ @annav, thank you for pointing out that link. I know Baryogenesis now is the standard research field. But the link does not satisfy me completely. $\endgroup$
    – Wein Eld
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 19:40

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So, there are several possible ways the universe could be baryon symmetric:

  1. A region of the universe where antimatter dominates. There is a problem with this theory, though - 30 years' worth of scientific research has calculated just how far away this type of region would have to be, and from these calculations it is considered very unlikely that any part of the observable universe, at least, would have this sort of region, and there isn't really any solid evidence for this theory, so these regions might not exist at all.
  2. The second possibility is that antimatter repels matter instead of attracting it gravitationally; however, this is in conflict with the theory of relativity.

So then there are two explanations for the universe being baryon asymmetric:

  1. An electric dipole movement, or EDM. If this was present in any fundamental particle, it would violate parity and time symmetries, therefore allowing matter and antimatter to decay at different rates. However, no EDM has been detected to date.
  2. There's something we're missing about the laws of the early universe.

Hope this helps!

  • $\begingroup$ Certainly, it helps a lot. $\endgroup$
    – Wein Eld
    Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 20:20
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    $\begingroup$ So, the discovery of an EDM would violate parity and time symmetries, allowing matter and antimatter to decay at different rates. Is the reverse true? That is, if matter and antimatter decay at different rates, does that necessarily require some fundamental particle to possess and EDM? $\endgroup$
    – Josh
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 3:44

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