The return of a static universe and the end of cosmology

Lawrence M. Krauss, Robert J. Scherrer

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Abstract

We demonstrate that as we extrapolate the current ΛCDM universe forward in time, all evidence of the Hubble expansion will disappear, so that observers in our "island universe" will be fundamentally incapable of determining the true nature of the universe, including the existence of the highly dominant vacuum energy, the existence of the CMB, and the primordial origin of light elements. With these pillars of the modern Big Bang gone, this epoch will mark the end of cosmology and the return of a static universe. In this sense, the coordinate system appropriate for future observers will perhaps fittingly resemble the static coordinate system in which the de Sitter universe was first presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-690
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics D
Volume17
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Cosmological constant
  • Cosmology
  • Dark energy
  • Far future of the universe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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