Modern
Cosmology |

**General Principles, Status, and Issues** > s.a. anthropic
principle; cosmological constant;
holography; references [including conceptual aspects].

* __Idea__: The study of the properties of the universe
as a whole (observations of the matter and radiation content, distribution and evolution, as well as other geometry, topology and dynamics of the spacetime itself), including the early universe.

* __Steps, status__: 1929,
Cosmology becomes a science, based on observation, with Hubble's observation
of the expansion of the universe, and its predictions are subject to
testing; Proposal of hot Big Bang Theory (the name was first used jokingly
by Fred Hoyle in a 1949 BBC broadcast); 1965, Observation of the cmb; 1992,
First COBE results on anisotropy; 1997, First evidence that the expansion is
accelerating, concept of dark energy; 2003, Emergence of "precision
cosmology" with the first WMAP results; 2009, The dominant source of
uncertainty in many observations will soon be cosmic
variance as opposed to observational noise; 2013, Discrepancy between global
(cmb) and local measurements of the Hubble constant and age of the Universe; 2014, Detection of *B*-mode polarization at angular scales of a few degrees by the BICEP2 cmb telescope.

* __Central dogma__: The same laws of physics we can test here on Earth
apply everywhere in the universe.

@ __Cosmography__: [kinematics of cosmology] Visser GRG(05)gq/04-proc;
Capozziello et al PRD(08).

__Models__: see cosmological
models; cosmological
principle; multiverse cosmology; numerical
general relativity; quantum cosmology.

__Observations__: see cosmic microwave background; large-scale geometry and topology; matter content; observational cosmology [including age].

**Other Aspects** > s.a. entropy;
gravitational thermodynamics; Rigidity;
rotation;
Superfluids.

* __Cosmic coincidence problem__: The
fact that the densities of vacuum energy and matter are nearly equal today.

* __Measure problem__: The question of how to assign normalized probabilities to observations; Probabilities are often invoked, e.g., in the context of inflation, but problems arise for various reasons, from more formal ones to the fact that such a large universe may have many observations occurring at many different spacetime locations.

@ __Statistics, number counts__: Colombi et al MNRAS(00)ap/99;
Szapudi et al MNRAS(00)ap/99,
MNRAS(99)ap/99; > s.a. galaxy
distribution.

@ __Beginning and initial singularity__: Narlikar PhSc(92)sep;
Bogdanov & Bogdanov CQG(01)
[!!!]; Vaas bdw(04)phy [lqg];
Szydłowski et al PRD(05)
[vs bounce, test]; Grøn EJP(06)
[and spatially infinite universe]; Ashtekar phy/06-conf
[in quantum gravity]; Frampton a0704-book
[I, re beginning and end]; Stenger Philo(06)-a0710 [model];
Berman IJTP(09)
[not there]; Craps a1001-conf
[intro, and AdS/cft correspondence]; Ashtekar AIP(10)-a1005 [and lqc]; Fujimoto a1103 [philosophical and mathematical]; Adler a1107 [cosmogenesis and spatial flatness]; Brustein & Kupferman HPLS-a1202-conf [the creation according to science]; Mithani & Vilenkin a1204-proc, response Susskind a1204 [on scenarios with no initial singularity]; Penrose FP(14) [conformal cyclic cosmology]; > s.a. arrow of time; boundary conditions in quantum cosmology; history [entropic
creation argument]; quantum-gravity
phenomenology; quantum cosmology; singularities.

@ __Complexity and order__: Layzer 89 [I-II]; Hu in(88)gq/95; Parker 96 [I];
Kunz et al PRD(06)
[and parameters]; > s.a. complexity.

@ __Local vs global physics__: Ellis IJMPA(02)gq/01;
Ellis
& Stoeger MNRAS(09)-a1001
[local cosmic domain and effective causal limits]; > s.a. arrow of time;
Birkhoff's Theorem; expansion rate [local effects];
mach's principle; Olbers' Paradox;
relativistic cosmology.

@ __Coincidences, tuning, naturality__: & Hoyle; Carter pr(67)-a0710 [foundation
for anthropic principle]; Griest PRD(02)
[proposal]; Rees in(03)ap/04;
Carroll Nat(06)apr-ht/05;
França PLB(06),
Funkhouser PRS(06),
PRS(08)phy/06 [proposals];
del Campo et al PRD(08)-a0806; Barreira & Avelino PRD(11)-a1103 [anthropic vs cosmological solutions];
Sivanandam PRD(13)-a1203 [coincidence is not a problem, just an artifact of anthropic selection]; Carroll a1406-in [fine tuning].

@ __The measure problem__: Page JCAP(11)-a1011; Schiffrin & Wald PRD(12)-a1202.

> __Pre-big-bang cosmology__:
see cmb anisotropy; loop quantum cosmology; string phenomenology.

**The Future of the Universe** > s.a. Big Crunch;
Big Trip;
civilizations [including Doomsday Argument];
cosmological models.

* __Possibilities__: If the cosmic energy density will remain constant or strictly increase in the future, the possible fates are:

- __Constant expansion rate__: The Hubble parameter *H*(*t*) = constant, for example if the energy density is dominated by a cosmological constant.

- __Pseudo-rip__: An intermediate case in which *H*(*t*) goes to a constant as time goes to infinity.

- __Little rip__: *H*(*t*) goes to infinity as time goes to infinity.

- __Big rip__: *H*(*t*) goes to infinity at a finite time and eventually all local structure will be ripped apart by the expansion, for example in the case of phantom energy.

* __Matter and radiation__:
2007, Krauss & Scherrer predict matter energy density will keep dominating
radiation energy density.

@ __General references__: Davies 94 [I]; Krauss & Turner
GRG(99);
Krauss & Starkman SA(99)nov [and life];
Starobinsky G&C(00)ap/99-conf;
Goldsmith 00, Barrow et al MNRAS(00)ap [including
acceleration]; Avelino et al PLB(01)
[and inflation]; Tipler AIP(01)ap;
Chiueh & He
PRD(02)ap/01 [local
structure]; Hoeneisen ap/02;
Ćirković AJP(03)feb-ap/02 [eschatology];
Dąbrowski AdP(06)ap-conf;
Page PRD(08)ht/06 [future
decay]; Nicolson 07; Krauss & Starkman ap/07 [WIMP
annihilation]; Carlip JCAP(07)ht [and
variation of constants]; Krauss & Scherrer GRG(07)-a0704-GRF
[return of static universe], PRD(07)
+ sr(07)apr
[matter domination]; Bose & Majumdar MNRAS(11)-a1010 [future deceleration]; Bousso et al PRD(11)-a1009 [eternal inflation and the end of time]; Lundgren et al a1201 [black hole evaporation and entropy]; Goldsmith SA(12)mar [new phenomena]; Bondarescu et al a1305-MG13.

@ __And dark energy__: Huterer et al PRD(02)ap;
Kallosh et al PRD(02)
[supergravity model]; Loeb PRD(02)ap/01;
Adams et al IJMPD(03)ap [island
universes]; Kallosh & Linde
JCAP(03);
Page JKPS(06)ht/05 [lower
limit 26 Gyr, upper limit exp{10^{50}}–exp{10^{60}} yr]; > s.a. dark
energy [including late-time interaction].

@ __And astrophysics__: Adams & Laughlin RMP(97)ap [evolution of planets, stars, galaxies]; Loeb JCAP(11)-a1102 + news pw(11)feb [Milkomeda and the role of hypervelocity stars]; Lundgren et al a1304 [thermodynamics and supercluster evolution]; Guillochon & Loeb AMSA-a1411 [using hypervelocity stars].

@ __Big rip__: Caldwell et al PRL(03)ap;
González-Díaz
PRD(03)ap,
PLB(04)ap/03,
PLB(06);
Frampton & Takahashi APP(04)ap,
Frampton ap/04-talk
[no dark energy]; Barboza & Lemos GRG(06)gq [and
quantum gravity]; Alvarenga et al G&C(10)-a0904 [back-reaction from particle creation]; > s.a. Phantom
Field; viscosity.

@ __Other scenarios__: Faraoni PRD(03)gq [big smash, superquintessence]; Frampton et al PRD(11)-a1106 [little rip], PRD(12)-a1112 [pseudo-rip]; Bouhmadi-López et al IJMPD(15)-a1407 [little sibling of the big rip].

What caused the Big Bang? God divided by zero.

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