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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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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 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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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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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 fast is a true vacuum bubble going to expand?

If a true vacuum bubble will occur in our universe, how fast is it going to expand?
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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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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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When spacetime expands to the point where galaxy clusters are not observable, will there by any interaction?

It's my understanding that in a few billion years, clusters of galaxies won't be able to directly observe one another due to the expansion of spacetime overcoming gravity between those clusters. ...
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composition of space expansion and movement as a gauge invariance

suppose i have a space-time where we have one point-like object* which we will call movement space probe or $\mathbf{M}_{A}$ for short, and it will be moving with constant velocity $V^A_{\mu}$ in ...
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$c$ slowing down rather than universe expanding?

Can the Friedmann equations be reformulated with taking the universe as being rigid and instead have the vacuum-speed of light in the void decrease over time? So, not changing any equations, just ...
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How do Graviton-based theories of gravity explain the expansion of the universe?

In General Relativity, the expansion of the universe is modeled using the Friedmann–Lemaître–Robertson–Walker metric, and the expansion itself is a metric expansion by which the scale of space itself ...
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Number of e-folds in phase space for the inflaton field

In José Gálvez's paper "Observational constraints on Constant Roll Inflation" it's said that, using the equation of motion for the inflaton field \begin{equation} \ddot{\phi}+3H\dot{\phi}+\frac{\text{...
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Scale factor at surface of last scattering

Is there an exact theoretical scale factor associated with the CMB? More specifically, since the CMB is associated with a temperature of around 3000K (as I understand), is there an exact thermodynamic ...
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Are deductions from CMB much less accurate than claimed, owing to approximations in the FLRW model?

My question concerns "timescape cosmology" and measurements of dark energy based on CMB radiation. The background to the question is Lawrence H. Dam, Asta Heinesen, David L. Wiltshire, "Apparent ...
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Is information conserved in an expanding universe?

From the classical and quantum mechanical viewpoint, is information conserved in an expanding universe or not?
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Is the universe a giant telescope?

Due to the space expansion, the universe should act as a giant telescope. The farther objects are from us (beyond the redshift of $z\approx 1.5$), the larger (not smaller!) they should appear in the ...
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Does Friedmann fluid equation prove that energy of the fluid is not conserved?

The Friedmann equation in question is:$$ \dot\rho + 3H \left(ρ + P\right) = 0 \,.$$ I’m a layperson so I don’t know why this equation is sometimes called fluid equation, energy conservation equation, ...
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How could the universe's expansion “remove the mean gravitational potential”?

I'm citing W. C. Saslaw's The Distribution of the Galaxies: Gravitational Clustering in Cosmology, chapter 25, where he adresses (what seems to be a Newtonian approximation of) the thermodynamic ...
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Does the potential $V(φ)$ of a scalar field decrease with the expansion of space?

If a scalar field (eg. inflaton field) starts with a high potential. Does the potential $V(φ)$ of the scalar field decrease with the expansion of space? If it doesn’t decrease, would it mean that ...
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Hubble bubble and the shell theorem?

According to the Hubble bubble theory a local void could explain deviations of the Hubble constant for measurements in close vicinity to out local group compared to the global Hubble constant and ...
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Gravitational red shift compared to expansion red shift

From the gravitational red shift: $$\lambda(r)=\lambda(e)\left(1+\frac{gd}{c^2}\right)$$ where $r=received,\,e=emitted$ sources. Therefore light coming from a distant star to earth would be more red ...
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Galaxies moving in fixed background or fixed in expanding background

Question: what is the most direct experimental evidence to suggest that the galaxies in the universe are fixed in an expanding spacetime, as opposed to moving in a fixed spacetime? Comments: The ...
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Does an object travelling at speeds approaching $c$ observe an increase in the expansion rate of the universe?

According to the theory of special relativity as an object approaches light speed it experiences length contraction. This means that the distance it observes between it and it's destination reduces as ...
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What would happen if I took empty space and stretched it?

There was a talk at my school by Rocky Kolb and he claimed that they derived (or it might have been ''experimentally found'', I don't remember) that the mass of empty space must be/is on the order of $...
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Dark energy and gravitation force

This might be a silly question to ask but still I had to ask. we know that gravitational force between two galaxies are quite less as compared to the dark energy. so two galaxy are separated at speed ...
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Momentum conservation in FRW spacetime

The spatially flat FRW metric in Cartesian co-ordinates is given by: $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + a^2(t)(dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2)$$ As I understand it, since the metric does not depend on the spatial co-moving co-...
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How strong is the force of space expansion?

There are many questions about space expansion, its cause, or its effects. But I have the feeling we never get straight and simple answers. I do not expect answers to be simple in general, but I ...
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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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Cosmic Inflation: Lower Expansion Rate with than without?

When I read the Cosmic Inflation diagram at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Horizonte_inflacionario.svg which I rotated to make it readable: Plot 1 http://yukterez.enabled.io/inflation.png where ...
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Can decompactification explain the inflation of the early universe?

I've just reread chapter 11 of this book where it is explained among other things, that our four dimensional universe could be unstable concerning a decompactification transition, since potential ...
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Is there any way to tell if the Big Bang happened everywhere or just in some regions of the entire universe?

On large scales, matter seems to spread uniformly in our observable universe so we think the Big Bang happened everywhere in the observable universe. Is there any way to tell if the Big Bang happened ...
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Universe expansion from initial explosion

If the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, is it because it hasn't reached its maximum velocity from initially exploding? I'm thinking in terms of a bullet being fired from a weapon. It ...
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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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If time slows in the presents of gravity, how does the conclusion that the universe’s expansion is accelerating account for this?

I am sure there is a simple explanation for this and I’m not a physicist so hoping someone here can help answer this for me. Time is retarded by gravitational field. Expansion in all directions ...
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Is the expansion of the universe uniform? Are there parts which are expanding faster than others?

Is the expansion of the universe uniform? Are there parts which are expanding faster than others? The very fabric of the universe is expanding..but is it expanding at a constant rate? If it is not ...
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General covariance and a running cosmological constant

A running cosmological constant $\Lambda(t)$ can always be included in the perfect fluid source tensor. By the transformation properties of tensors Einstein's field equation is still independent of ...
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Nature of motion between comoving observers; What is the common time that they agree on?

This is a set of follow-up questions regarding this post. The following four queries are very closely related and needed to asked at the same place. Question 1 Is it really possible to regard the ...
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How to relate CMB acoustic peak to BAO in galaxy surveys to better than a factor 2?

Question for a friendly cosmologist. Let's define the sound horizon as $s = \int_0^{t_{ls}} c_s (1+z) dt$ where $c_s$ is speed of sound in primordial plasma (roughly $c/\sqrt{3}$ but you can include ...
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From the expansion to temperature and recovering equilibrium number densities from the scale factor

For a particle species of mass $m$, when the temperature $T$ of the Universe is $T>m$, the equilibrium number density $n$ falls as $$n\propto T^3\tag{1}$$ and for $T<m$, it falls as $$n\propto ...
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Alternative values for the constant in the cosmological equation of state? (Mislaid list)

A couple of days ago I came across - but now cannot locate - an online list of about eight or nine alternative theoretical values for the constant in the cosmological equation of state (W = 1, -1/3, 0,...
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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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What is this metric's scale factor?

While answering this question about a hypothetical 3-sphere universe $S^3$ expanding with a constant acceleration $\phi$ from a zero initial speed $$ r=\dfrac{\phi}{2}t^2$$ I started from a generic ...
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What happens when cosmic background microwaves enter a bound system?

Gamma radiation after spending eons in expanding space have now “stretched “ into microwaves. What happens when these waves enter a bound system like a galaxy or galaxy cluster. Expanding space ...
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Is space expansion causing increasing distances between galaxies?

I read/heard that the expansion of the universe would lead to any observer not being able to see other galaxies as time goes on, due to their light not reaching them anymore. But there's something I ...
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How was it possible for the big bang to occur?

I think the person who asked this Phys.SE question meant a different thing than any of the people who wrote an answer thought so I'm asking what I'm guessing the author probably really meant. If there ...
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Big Rip: will cosmic event horizon's Unruh radiation balance accelerating expansion?

The way I've seen the expansion of the universe described, it seems to work a bit like an inside-out black hole: an event horizon beyond which there is no causal connection, light from beyond it can't ...
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Angular Diameter Distance to the last scattering surface

The definition of the angular diameter distance is the ratio of an object's physical transverse size to its angular size. However when I was reading my textbook, Astrophysics in a Nutshell by Dan Maoz ...
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Friedmann equations in a polar axial anisotropic universe

The first Friedmann equations which describes the expansion and content of the universe is as follows: $$ H^2 = (\frac{\dot{a}}{a})^2 = \frac{8\pi G}{3} \rho - \frac{kc^2}{a^2} + \frac{\Lambda c^2}{3}...