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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rotational axes of galaxies

The disc shape is a preferred form for galaxies due to angular momentum, and the axis of rotation indicates a locally preferred orientation for the angular momentum vector. Why do galaxies in Hubble ...
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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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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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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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$f_{NL}$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does matter follow the expansion of space?

Non-physics person here. I am trying to understand the expansion of space. I've read about the redshift of light and the balloon model (2 points on expanding balloon move away from each other). The ...
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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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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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Is a universe without massive particles scale-invariant?

In a popular talk by Roger Penrose about spacetime geometry, when introducing his conformal cyclic cosmology starting at 17:15 I think he says that as soon as there are no massive particles left in ...
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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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Why do some stars actually produce “Gamma ray bursts”?

I looked it up but I haven't found any explanation as to why some stars produce them, I understand that collapsing and merging stars produce them, but my question is why is the energy concentrated in ...
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What is the average temperature of mass in the universe?

That is, ignoring speculative concepts like Dark Matter and just summing across stars and gas clouds etc
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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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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 co-...
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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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Temperature of the CMB when the Earth formed and the faint young Sun paradox

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) has a modern temperature of about 2.7 K. At the time of the origin of the CMB, about 13.6 billion years ago, it had a temperature of about 3000 K. ...
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Attractive gravity has negative energy, what about repulsive gravity in the inflation phase?

Alan Guth's cosmic inflation theory posits that about 10^-38 second before the Big Bang which led to our particular universe, a tiny patch of space doubled in size more than 100 times, from sub-atomic ...
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Physical differences between our universe and strongly negatively curved one

Interestingly, the idea of a negatively curved universe isn't entirely science fiction. In particular if decrease a single physical constant (known as the density parameter) to be less than one, the ...
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Why is Newtonian cosmology correct for curved space?

The Newtonian model of an expanding Universe gives Friedmann's equation exactly for non-zero spatial curvature $k$ (see http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/astro/expuni.html). Instead of using ...
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What do marginalized or marginalized error mean? Contours and posterior

I am curently working on Forecast in cosmology and I didn't grasp very well different details. Forecast allows, wiht Fisher's formalism, to compute constraints on cosmological parameters. I have 2 ...
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Could two atomic clocks really be used to detect gravitational waves from a distant source? If so, how?

Three articles report on the recent paper in Phys Rev. D: Flanagan, Éanna É. et al. 2019 Persistent gravitational wave observables: General framework (also ArXiv): Phys.org: Gravitational waves leave ...
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Could the spatially flat universe start small?

The global space has been measured flat within a small margin of error. According to FLRW, the flat universe has always been infinite. At the time of the Big Bang the universe was infinitely large ...
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Is there any use of a quadratic equation of state in FLRW cosmology?

Consider standard FLRW cosmology. Usually, the relation between energy density $\rho$ and pressure $p$ of a cosmological fluid component is linear: \begin{equation}\tag{1} p = w \, \rho, \end{...
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Looking for a geometric cosmology model where time behaves like an orientation

This question is literally inspired from seeing the above scene unfold. Let the merging and splitting light spots you saw in the above gif be pairs of particles and anti particles, let the shape of ...