Inflation Theory

Inflation theory developed as an attempt to explain the homogeneity and isotropy of the Universe’s cosmic background radiation. It was felt that since remote portions of the universe would be unable to communicate with each other since the fastest that a signal can be sent is the velocity of light, it would be impossible for the Universe to maintain such consistency of temperature in all directions. However, if the Universe in its earliest epochs (between 10^-36 to 10^-33 or 10^-32 seconds) pushed by negative vacuum energy expanded at a fantastic rate greatly in excess of c, then the Cosmos that we see from our location in space would be such a small proportion of the whole. This would make the Universe appear isotropic even if the entire structure is not. A tiny patch on any curved surface appears to be flat. It is assumed that the Universe exited the inflationary epoch thus slowing down to that predicted by the traditional Big Bang model through a random quantum perturbation process referred to as “bubble percolation”.

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