Questions tagged [cosmology]

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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Mathematical coincidence of the Schwarzschild radius of the Universe?

I read here that a black hole with a mass of the observable universe, $M=8.8\times10^{52}kg$, would have a Schwarzschild radius of $r_s=13.7$ billion lightyears. I immediately noticed that at the ...
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Fate of largest scale structures?

In $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$, structures form "bottom up" with larger structures forming later. Structures are generally speaking supported by the velocity dispersion of their constituent objects (e.g. ...
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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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Two observers initially at rest in the expanding Universe

The standard question asked about the expansion of the Universe sounds roughly like: "Does my pencil expands, together with expansion of the Universe?" And the standard answer sounds roughly like: "...
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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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Are there any experimental bounds on the ratio of neutrinos to antineutrinos in the universe?

In the Standard Model, both baryon number and lepton number are conserved quantities (excluding the theoretical possibility of sphaleron processes which are exceeding rare, at least at non-"near in ...
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The color of deep space background of an arbitrary universe

While writing my notes on cosmology in general relativity and the Olber's paradox, I was wondering about the color of the deep background of space. Our universe is mostly black because light didn't ...
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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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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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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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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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750 GeV diphoton resonance: KK graviton?

As everybody of you may know at LHC they found this probable resonance (https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114808, https://cds.cern.ch/record/2114853?ln=en). It may be a scalar or a KK graviton mode. Now, ...
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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 Goldstone theorem have anything to do with Cosmic string

Cosmic strings are formed due to topological defects during symmetry breaking phase transition in early universe. While Goldstone theorem states whenever we have continuous symmetry and it is ...
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Is it a coincidence that Big Bang nucleosynthesis lasted about one free neutron half-life?

The free neutron half-life is about 10 minutes. Big Bang nucleosynthesis, which mostly involves protons and neutrons interacting, lasted about 20 minutes. Question: Is it a coincidence that these ...
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In a perturbative FRW cosmology, why do constant-density hypersurfaces define a good gauge?

It appears to be common in the discussion of perturbative FRW cosmologies to choose a gauge using hypersurfaces for special values of some quantity, like surfaces of constant density $\rho$, constant ...
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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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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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What are the cosmological ramifications if we probabilise and continuify the order of differentiation in $F=\frac{d(mv)}{dt}$?

Newton's second law of motion states that $F=\frac{d(mv)}{dt}$. This is a first-order differential equation, in which the order of differentiation of momentum is 1. So we can write it $F=\frac{d^k(mv)}...
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How do you explain cosmological red shifting in terms of gravitons?

We know that the photons from the big bang are continually being red shifted and losing more and more energy. In terms of the graviton view, how would you explain that? Where is the energy going? Are ...
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The emergence of space-time from entangled states

I recently read an article by Yasunori Nomura (https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05263), in which he says that space-time is an emerging phenomenon. At the same time, space-time disappears when the ...
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Amplitude for neutron-proton conversion from first principles

I'm reading Dodelson's Modern Cosmology, and in one of the exercises on Big Bang nucleosynthesis it is quoted without reference that the amplitude for neutron-to-proton conversion is given by $$|\...
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Wheeler-deWitt equation in words?

Looking at the Wheeler-deWitt equation. My attempt to describe it in words is this: "For each 3d-manifold given by metric tensor field $\gamma$, associate a complex number $\Psi$. The Wheeler-de-Witt ...
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What is torsion physically in the Einstein-Cartan theory?

In Einsteins theory of gravity the metric gives a unique torsion free connection called the Levi-Civita connection. In the Einstein-Cartan theory we allow any connection compatible with the metric ...
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Robertson-Walker metric and cosmic homogeneity

The Robertson-Walker metric is of the form $$\tag{1} ds^2 = dt^2 - a(t)^2 \Big(\frac{dr^2}{1 - kr^2} + r^2 d\theta^2 + r^2 \sin^2\theta \, d\phi^2 \Big).$$ My question is related to the $a^2(t)$ ...
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Meaning of the simplest potential of quintessence models. Fields in denominator?

I am reading Sec. 1.12 of the Cosmology book by Weinberg. In this section he explains the very simple model of quintessence which attempts to provide a dynamical explanation of the smallness of the ...
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Trying to reproduce curves with angle of CMB anisotropies as a function of distance and curvature parameter

I am looking for a way to get, by a simple numerical computation, the 3 curves on the following figure: For this, I don't know what considering as abcissa (comoving distance ?, i.e $$D_{comoving} = ...
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Sterile (4th) neutrino and cosmological bound

Recent results by MicroBoone seems to give support to old LSND experiment in favor of a fourth neutrino (sterile). How does it fit with the current cosmological bound for neutrinos?
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What are the applications of hyperbolic $3$-manifold theory to cosmology?

I am a pure mathematician specialized in hyperbolic $3$-manifold topology. That has been an incredibly active field of research in the past few decades due to the seminal work of Thurston, as many of ...
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Does the entropy of the universe change as expansion exceeds the speed of light?

The potential encoded information in a photon that is at the edge of the observable universe would seem to be lost as the universe expands. Does that loss of information contribute to the overall ...
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Spatial dimension of galaxy filaments

Galaxy filaments are "amongst the largest known cosmic structures in the Universe. They [...] form the boundaries between large voids in the Universe." As their name suggests, filaments are ...
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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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How do we know the universe is expanding and wasn't already infinite?

From what I know, the decision that the universe was expanding came from the discovery of the redshift and that other celestial objects, such as galaxies, were moving away from us; the farther they ...
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Can we really apply the second law to the entire universe?

I do not doubt the second law in general, just if it rigorously applied to the entire universe. Here's why I ask this 2nd law - restricted to isolated systems: "The second law may be formulated ...
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Bargmann–Wigner equations in NP formalism

Bargmann-Wigner equations describe free particles of arbitrary spin $j$, namely $$(-\gamma^{\mu}\partial_{\mu}+m)_{\alpha_r \alpha_{r’}}\Psi_{\alpha_1,..,\alpha_{r’},...,\alpha_{2j}}=0$$ where we have ...
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Is the cosmological constant problem real?

The cosmological constant problem assumes that the cosmological constant (determined experimentally) can be identified with the vacuum energy density. Theroretical arguments from quantum gravity ...
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On Boltzmann brain formation

As a popular thought conundrum it is said that if our universe can randomly fluctuate into a self-conscious formation (called Boltzmann brain), then given enough time it will do so and hence the ...
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Are there any CMB-independant probes of the curvature of the Universe?

There is a preprint today (think it also appeared in Nature Astronomy on Nov 4) which argues that a $\Lambda{\rm CDM}+\Omega_k$ model with negative $\Omega_k$ fits the Planck Legacy 2018 CMB data ...
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Can one quantify the total luminosity of the cosmological horizon?

If I integrate all the power (radiation, matter particles, neutrinos) radiated from the cosmological horizon into the universe, what number do I get? Is it true that the integral power/luminosity is ...
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Why is the relation between luminosity distance $d_L$ and comoving distance $\chi$ $d_L=\chi/a$?

The textbook (Scott Dodelson, Modern Cosmology, Section 2.2 Distance, Page 35-36) states as follows: Another way of inferring distances in astronomy is to measure the flux from an object of known ...
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Energy conservation in cosmological phase transitions

Let us consider a cosmic phase transition, in which fermions $\psi_f$ condense and the vacuum expectation value $|\langle \bar{\psi}_f \psi_f\rangle |$ of the resulting fermion-bilinear field gives ...
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How are the dark matter (DM) thermalization rates derived in singlet DM model?

This well-cited paper talks about a minimal renormalizable extension to the Standard Model (SM) to incorporate particle dark matter (DM) into it by adding a real scalar field $S$ which (unlike the ...
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How much uncertainty has the relic graviton background?

In the paper [1], it is mentioned that inflation predicts that a relic graviton background is about 0.9 K (cf. cosmic neutrino background, 1.945 K, and cosmic microwave background, 2.73 K). How much ...
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Cosmological constant phase transition?

I recently watched at a talk by Cumrum Vafa in which he stated that the cosmological constant allows us to define a time-scale $T_\Lambda=1/\sqrt{E_\Lambda}$. The time scale of this time is about 10¹¹ ...
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Why is a theory of quantum gravity expected to solve the BigBang singularity problem?

This a follow-up question related to this. A successful theory of Quantum gravity is expected to solve the BigBang singularity problem. Why (and how) is the quantization of gravity supposed to solve ...
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How is matter density derived from CMB?

As the question says. I am looking for a technical but brief overview of how $\Omega_m$ can be derived from the CMB data to high accuracy for example as in the Planck papers. Thank you
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Are there any non-stationary asymptotically flat and geodesic complete solutions to the vacuum Einsteins's field equations

I read the book The global nonlinear stability of the minkowski space by Christodoulou, D., and Klainerman, S. In the Chapter I, Page 10 it says: “However, it remains questionable whether there ...
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Distribution of wavelengths of monochromatic light sources in expanding FLRW universe

I'm looking for the distribution of all wavelengths (or frequencies) of light that a stationary observer would receive at his location (at $r = 0$ and time $t_0$), from light sources emitting a single ...
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LFRW Universe - equivalence principle and Hubble flow

After a suitable change of coordinates, the metric for the (flat) FLRW universe becomes $$ ds^2 = (1 + 2 \Phi(\vec{x},t))dt^2 - (1-2\Psi(\vec{x},t))d\vec{x}^2, $$ where $$ \Phi(\vec{x},t) = -\frac{1}...
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Which quantum gravity theories do predict a growing number of space dimensions?

In this 2013 Nature article there is a short presentation of the causal dynamical triangulations approach to quantum gravity, where it is said Intriguingly, the simulations also hint that soon ...

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