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Q & A: causes of inflation?

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Most recent answer: 02/20/2018
Q:
If a heated liquid occupys a partly closed space it is static however if agitated inflation occurs could the sine wave of space&down to quantum particles cause the agitation required to explain the inflaton field &primordial universe
- Stephen Wade (age 53)
North Dandalup
A:

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.

Mike W.


(published on 02/20/2018)

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