Questions tagged [space-expansion]

Space expansion is a cosmological phenomenon wherein the proper distance between two spatial points for a given inertial reference frame increases from one moment of time to another. That is, space itself expands; the added distance is not due to relative motion of points or objects.

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Is the cosmological redshift caused by the Planck mass increasing?

The standard explanation for the cosmological redshift is that photons emitted from far away galaxies have their wavelengths lengthened as they travel through the expanding Universe. But perhaps the ...
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Could the horizon problem be explained by a finite universe instead of inflation?

Suppose the universe is finite (either closed or open with a non-trivial topology), any point could be within the horizon of another.
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Physical interpretation of FRW normal coordinates

The Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric (I consider for notational simplicity the flat space case): $$\text d s^2 = \text d t^2 - a(t)^2\text d \boldsymbol{x}^2$$ can be brought to normal (Minkowski) ...
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If photons don't “experience” time, how do they account for their gradual change in wavelength?

It is often said that photons do not experience time. From what I've read, this is because that when travelling at the speed of light, space is contracted to infinity, so while there is no time to ...
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Intuition for why matter dominated expansion is faster than radiation domination?

In a matter dominated universe $a_{\rm mat.}(t)\sim t^{2/3}$, while in a radiation dominated universe, $a(t)_{\rm rad.}\sim t^{1/2}$. Therefore, a matter dominated universe is expanding more quickly, ...
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Is gravitational lensing affected by dark energy?

Is gravitational lensing affected by dark energy? I mean, despite the effect if cause on the expanding Universe, could dark energy cause gravitational or anti-gravitational lensing?
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How can the Friedman Equation produce negative pressure or density?

As I understand it, the Friendman Equation provides the driving mechanism for Inflation.$$\frac{\ddot a}{a}=-\frac{4\pi G}{3}\left(\rho+\frac{3p}{c^2}\right)$$If $\rho$ or p is negative enough, you ...
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Is the universe actually expanding?

Up until recently I was fairly sure that the universe is expanding, i.e. the (spatial) metric is changing proportionally to the scale factor, such that the distance measured between objects is ...
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If space expansion keeps accelerating, what would happen when the Hubble length gets smaller than the radius of a blackhole?

I am wondering what would happen if our universe expansion keeps accelerating and finally one day, the Hubble distance gets smaller than the radius of a black hole. For example, at time t, two points ...
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Is this how vacuum works?

Vacuum exerts a net zero force, or i guess pressure? on what's inside it, right? So if the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, is the vacuum of outer space is growing? Like space is ...
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How can the red shift due to Hubble flow be consistent with the law of conservation of energy? [duplicate]

Given that there is no change in relative kinetic energy attributable to the expansion of the universe, what accounts for the difference in energy emitted vs energy absorbed (i.e. the red shift ...
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Space expansion and speed of light

I recently saw a video on gravitational waves that says that expansion of space can only be measured due to changes in speed of light as everything else that could have been used to measure the ...
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Big Bang: what is it exactly that is expanding?

I have read a bit about the Big Bang over the years, but being no physicist I have never been able to really understand what it is about. As far as I know, starting with Hubble we have been able to ...
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If the expansion of the universe were to stop, would galaxies continue moving away from each other at a constant speed?

Consider a simple universe consisting of two very distant galaxies (neglect gravity between them). The relative motion between them is such that, if the universe were not expanding, they would be at ...
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Does the universe has a center like a real explosion? [duplicate]

I don't really know much about cosmology but I was thinking one day about the center of the universe. Now 'Big Bang' was the birth of our universe. Then Shouldn't the place (or region of space) where ...
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Density and Gravity in expanding Universe

Be $a(t)$ the expansion factor and $\rho$ a density, say of an ideal gas or something. In various papers the relation $\overline{\rho}=a^3\rho$ is stated. But why should this be the case? When space ...
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Cosmic scale factor $a(t)$ in a general frame of reference

In considering an FLRW type universe, the scale factor $a$ is generally indicated as being strictly a function of time $a(t)$. Isn't this only true for a comoving frame? In some other reference ...
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How much has the universe expanded in total from the onset of inflation until today?

Starting from the onset of inflation, through inflation, reheating, radiation domination, matter domination, the transition toward dark energy domination all the way to today, how many e-folds of ...
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Energy Equation of an ideal gas in expanding space-time

Short question: If the energy equation of an ideal plasma is written as follows: $\begin{equation} \frac{\mathrm{d}p}{\mathrm{d}t}=-\Gamma p\nabla\cdot v-\left(\Gamma-1\right)\left( \nabla\cdot q-\...
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Deriving Friedmann Equations without General Relativity

Can we derive the analytic Friedmann Equations without general relativity, starting from completely classical/nonrelativistic arguments? (If we consider sufficiently small volumes.)
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Did the big bang create an infinite number of photons?

We will always be able to see the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at about [the age of the universe] light years away. Always. Does that mean that infinite photons were created at that time? If ...
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Curvature in space time during Big Bang and present scenario

Space time in the presence of masses is curved. But during the time of Big Bang it's presumed that all the matter in this universe was at a single point, so it must have been super dense and had very ...
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What is the current value for the temperature at which Recombination took place?

I'm looking for the most recent, most accepted value for the temperature at which the photon first decoupled from the atoms during the Epoch of Recombination? That is, what was the temperature of the ...
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Gravitationally bound systems in an expanding universe

This isn't yet a complete question; rather, I'm looking for a qual-level question and answer describing a gravitationally bound system in an expanding universe. Since it's qual level, this needs a ...
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BAO : Relation between redshift, Hubble constant and radial

From this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baryon_acoustic_oscillations#Measured_observables_of_dark_energy , I can't get this relation : $$c\Delta z = H(z)\Delta \chi\quad\quad(1)$$ with $z$ ...
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Meaning of slow-roll inflation and quintessence

I'm currently reading around the topic of quintessence and other models for dark energy and was hoping someone could explain to me what is meant by slow-roll in terms of quintessence and inflation etc....
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After inflation ended, did the expansion slow down to non-inflationary expansion because of gravity?

Assuming that inflation occurred, it accelerated from the previous expansion to inflationary expansion. After inflation ended, did the inflationary expansion instantly change into the previous ...
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How is distance between galaxies and rate of expansion of universe calculated?

I have recently read in book 'Theory Of Everything' that rate of expansion of the universe is changing 5%-10% per 1000 million years, I would like to know how such calculation has been made. Edit: I ...
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Determining the acceleration of the Universe from a single star?

It Occurs to me we might be able to find an entirely independent method of determining the Universe's acceleration using a single source. If one was to watch a single high source consistently one ...
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Where was the farthest object 13 billion years ago?

Asumme that we see a shape of the gallaxy which reached to us in 13 billion LYs. I understood that the object right now maybe in different shape and is >40 billon LYs away. But, as the universe is ...
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On non-local physics in cosmology by prof. B.V. Alekseev

Recently I've encountered work by prof. B.V. Alekseev, in which he claims that some physical problems can be easily solved if we consider non-local interactions in kinetic theory (interactions of ...
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Can space expand with unlimited speed?

According to this article on the European Space Agency web site just after the Big Bang and before inflation the currently observable universe was the size of a coin. One millionth of a second later ...
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Is it accurate that light loses energy in the absence of gravity and gains energy in its presence?

I just read an article about the supervoid they found and this is suggested. If so, then I am more and more fascinated with the ties between light and gravity. Let me emphasize, every article that I ...
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If CMB photons were emitted long ago, how can we measure a “current” temperature?

We say that the temperature of the Cosmic Microwave Background is about $2.73\,{\rm K}$, but this temperature is measured from radiation arriving on Earth millions of years after it was emitted. So ...
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Can somebody tell me what was the size of the universe and the expansion rate at the big bang? [duplicate]

I want to know the exact numbers and preferably the calculations that gives the size of the universe at the Big Bang and the initial rate of expansion at the moment of big bang. Does somebody know ...
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How are the temperature, density, and size of the Universe calculated during the first few minutes after the Big Bang?

I'd like to know the assumptions cosmologist use when they give a timeline of temperature, density, and size of the universe from $T=0$ to $T=$ a few minutes later, as Steven Weinberg did in his book, ...
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How is the speed in Hubble's law determined, if not from the Doppler shift?

Hubble's law originally mentions the speed (i.e. proper motion) of a receding galaxy, as calculated via the Doppler effect from the observed redshift. However, the observed redshift is today explained ...
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Travelling at lights speed of light as universe expanding

I have read that the object, the light of which is reached us in 13.8 billion years is actually about 46 billion light years away from us now, due to the expanding Universe. Lets assume that we ...
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How age of universe or galaxy estimated? [duplicate]

How scientist found age of universe as 13.8 billion years and age of Milky Way as 13.51 Billion years? Is there any proof?
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Why is the observable universe 90 billion light years in diametre? [duplicate]

The question is fairly simple, we know that the universe has been expanding for 13.8 billion years, so how did they determine the size of the universe that we can observe, and why can we not peek ...
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How can the effects of dark energy be distinguished from the effects of the acceleration of the universe from the big bang?

This is a conceptual question and has probably been asked before in many guises and forms. Mine has a little twist to it. I realize the Hubble Law tells us the farther back in time and space we look ...
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Why can we see the cosmic microwave background radiation?

This radiation (CMBR) is said to have its origin at the surface of last scattering that exposed itself when the big bang universe had expanded for less than a million years. In order to see radiation ...
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Why does inflation end when the potential becomes too steep?

Inflation ends when the potential becomes too steep. Is it because kinetic energy increase when the potential becomes steeper?
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Does the current acceleration of universe imply that our universe is open?

Does the current acceleration of the universe imply that our universe is open? If the universe is closed, from the Friedmann equations, the acceleration of the universe wouldn't be possible, would it?...
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Is the universe ~14 billion years old or that's the farthest photons which reached Earth?

I know that the universe: It's around 13.772 billion years old It expands But it's not clear to me if this is not merely the age of the farthest known photons which reached Earth.
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How did the visible universe look 13.6 billion years ago from a planet in the Milky Way?

As I understand it, the Milky Way galaxy is $\sim 13.6\,{\rm Gyr}$ old, when the universe was "only" about $200\,{\rm Myr}$ old. If we were on a planet orbiting a star in that early Milky Way, what ...
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Does accelerating cosmological expansion increase beam spread?

In the standard textbook case, a transmitter of diameter $D$ can produce an electromagnetic beam of wavelength $\lambda$ that has spread angle $\theta=1.22\lambda / D$. But what happens in an ...
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Cosmological redshift : “time of emission” vs “during travel”

Let’s consider a very distant galaxy, suppose it has no peculiar velocity, and let’s assume space expansion; If I understand correctly there would be a redshift due to the value of space expansion at ...
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How is red shifting explained with quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

Light travels as waves through space, and since space is expanding, the light gets stretched out. This is the explanation for red shifting I learned before. Now I know some more and that explanation ...
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Cause of observed galactic red shift or acceleration in expansion of the universe: velocity vs gravity.

Scientist look out at the universe and observe red shifts for galaxies that are roughly proportionate from their distance from us and attribute it to a velocity away from us. Also there is an ...