Causes of Inflation?
Most recent answer: 02/20/2018
- Stephen Wade (age 53)
I'm not sure I follow your idea, but it sounds close to the idea that the background energy of quantum fluctuations in "empty" space drives inflation. We've discussed that idea elsewhere. See follow-up #7 here: https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1256.
The big problem is that when you put in any sort of known physics for those quantum fluctuations, you end up with far too big an effect to fit the actual behavior of the universe. So we're missing some key idea.
(published on 02/20/2018)