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Relativity, Cosmology, and Time

Beginning of Time (2019 Version)

This is just a mathematical model, don't take it seriously.

Planck Era Interactions, 4-type Most models of early universe assume that time starts with the Big Bang. Study of a recent theory reveals that it may not be so. Time emerged gradually along with a sequence of events as illustrated in the followings. The novel features include a "rediscovery" of the Wheeler–DeWitt equation which suggests the disappearance of time in the formulation some 50 years ago. A simplified derivation for quantization of the Friedmann Equation (Matter-only) shows the same conclusion about timeless but also reveals a mechanism that can mimic the

Figure 01 Cosmic History and Planck Scale [view large image]

Figure 02 Interactions, 4-types
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phenomenon of inflation. Here's the mathematical formalism for such interpretation.

The formulation starts from a very small universe at Planck scale (see Figure 01) with M = MPL (Planck mass) and size r0 = LPL (Planck length). Accordingly, its energy density PL ~ 10114 erg/cm3. Such entity is at the realm of quantum gravity. Unfortunately, there is no such universally accepted theory for now. One of the ad hoc solutions is to quantize the Friedmann Equation for cosmic expansion.

The classical Friedmann Equation for the evolution of scale factor R is in the form : (dR/dt)2 - 2GM / [R(r0)3] = -kc2 ---------- (1a),

in terms of the Planck time tPL, it can be re-written as : (dR/dt)2 - 2 / [R(tPL)2] = -kc2 ---------- (1b).

In first quantization to endow wave property to a particle the linear momentum px and position x has to satisfy the commutative relation :

Energy Level and Cosmic Expansion

Figure 03 H2 Energy Level & Cosmic Curvature

See more cumbersome detail in the original derivation of "Quantization of the Friedmann Equation (Matter-only)" in 2011.

    Some comments on the quantized Friedmann Equation :

  1. Time is absent in Eq.(2), which can be interpreted as representing a static configuration. It is similar to an isolated hydrogen atom just sitting there alone until a photon comes along to induce transition to other state. Similar occurrence could happen to the Planckian universe via interaction with graviton. However, the transition is to smaller spatial curvature k (see Eq.(3)) manifesting as "inflation" of space. The "inflation" terminates as the transition approaching the continuum, i.e., as n and k 0, that's when time began and standard (classical) cosmology took over.

  2. The Planck length LPL is the only parameter in the quantized Friedmann Equation. The form of mass/energy is not specified in
    Eq.(2). Actually, "mass" is a misnomer; it did not exist until some time later. Anyway, invoking E = Mc2, the energy E can assume various form, it is not essential to pin-point which type(s) at this level. However, according to the conventional theory of inflation by Alan Guth, high energy particles were created near the end of the process.

  3. The formulas in General Relativity is non-linear in the metric tensors ( ~ gravitational fields), this is the root of the problem for its quantization. The present scheme linearizes the Friedmann Equation and in the process enables the superposition of states - a key feature of quantum theory. For simplicity, it is assumed that the system is at its ground state with no superposition.

  4. According to classical theory, this Planckian universe is a black hole since its radius LPL < rs = 2LPL. It is not known what's the effect of qunatization on this black hole. A string theorist suggests that it turns into a fuzzball with no sharp event horizon (see "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox")

  5. When quantum fields are included into the vacuum of the Planckian universe (Figure 04), there would be virtual particles popping
    Quantum Fields Virtual Particles up and vanishing briefly and incessantly according to the Uncertainty Principle tE (Figure 05). The t is an arbitrary time interval. There is lot of confusion about the meaning of time. Especially, about the time in quantum theory, which defines time as a variable different from space; while in general relativity, time is at the same level as space and is malleable (see "Quantum Time").

    Figure 04 Quantum Fields
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    Figure 05 Virtual Particles [view large image]

    Anyway, Quantum fluctuation has profound effect on the large structure such as super galactic cluster in the later epoch of the universe.

  6. The Planckian energy density PL = EPL/[(4/3)(LPL)3] = 10114 erg/cm3 persists during the quantum expansion. The mechanism could be similar to the virtual particle contribution to constant vacuum energy density, which seems to be a viable explanation in the very early universe (see Figure 06). However it is too large for standard cosmology. The problem could be with applying a quantum concept to classical physics in identifying this PL to dark energy. The ad hoc merging does not always work.

    BTW, the standard theory of inflation proposes an inflaton field in the very early universe. The rapid expansion was driven by the constant vacuum energy density, which also has a value of 10114 erg/cm3 (see "Theory of Cosmic Inflation"). So ultimately, it is the constant energy density that drives the inflation in both cases (see a very simple explanation).

  7. Since the quantum fields and virtual particles permeated throughout the space (Figures 04 and 05), there is no need to devise a mechanism for attaining a homogeneous and isotropic state.

  8. According to the Holographic Principle, the black hole entropy is given by :
    S = (kBln2)[(RSh)2/(LPl)2],
    where RSh is the radius of the event horizon and LPl the basic unit in Planck length. As shown earlier, at the very beginning of the universe RSh = 2LPl, so that the entropy S = 4(kBln2) ~ 4kB. This is the lowest amount of entropy at the beginning of the universe. It resolves the astronomical problem about the origin of low cosmic entropy. BTW, the cosmic entropy for today is about 10103 kB according to Ethan Siegel. This amount can be estimated from the average galactic RSh of about 1013 cm and the number of galaxies in present day of ~ 2x1012.    About S ~ 1096 kB (for ~ 10112 erg/cm3, T ~ 5x1030 K, and V ~ 1 cm3) was infused during the "inflation" as shown in Figure 06. It has been increased ever since as the universe expands.

  9. The temperature of black hole can be derived from the Hawking's radiation :
    T = [(EPl)2/Mc2]/8kB,
    where M is the mass of the black hole. For black hole with the Planck mass T = EPl/8kB = 5x1030 K = 4x1017 Gev (see "A History of Cosmic Expansion" for comparison).

  10. As mentioned earlier, time did not exist in the earliest era of cosmic expansion. For comparison purpose, the evaporation time of black hole is given by the formula (see another "Hawking's Radiation") :
    tev = 2x1067(M/Msun)3 years.
    which yields tev ~ 2.5x10-42 sec for black hole with Planck mass (see "A History of Cosmic Expansion" for comparison).

  11. The end of inflation as n marks the transition from quantum to classical cosmological model, which involves time (see Eq. (1)). This boundary is the "new" absolute zero time (Figure 01). It shifts the conventional cosmic time scale up by an negligible amount ~ 10-33 sec. This instance could be associated with the appearance of particles, the emergence of strong interaction, and chiral symmetry breaking (Figure 02, also see "Naturalness, Chiral Symmetry, and Spontaneous Chiral Symmetry Breaking").

  12. There is a discontinuity in time at the moment of transition. Time progresses forward only, there is no backward time at that point. Thus, time symmetry is violated at this point. Since charge and particle numbers also emerge at this moment (from zero to something), charge symmetry is also violated. Then the cardinal rule of CPT invariance in Quantum Field Theory is violated as each one is broken at that moment.
The emergent universe after the end of inflation turns out to be an era of radiation, i.e., with kinetic energy of particles >> rest mass. As a result, the Friedmann Equation (with time variable now) has a slightly different form in which k = 0 is implied as the result of inflation :
Energy Density Evolution Radiation Era

Figure 06 Energy Density Evolution [view large image]

Figure 07 Cosmic History, Very Early

Figure 06 shows the evaluation of the t0 and 0 parameters at the recombination point, while Figure 07 is a rough sketch for the evolution of the scale factor in very early universe.
SM, Parameters Mass, Origin of The same sketch also shows a very brief period of the order 10-10 sec when all the particles are massless. The Standard Model (SM) of elementary particles dictates that before the so-called "Electro-weak Symmetry Breaking", the Higgs field existed in false vacuum and could not interact with other particles making them massless (Figure 08,a) and all of them move at the speed of light (Figure 09,a).

Figure 08 SM, Parameters

Figure 09 Mass, Origin of
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See "Largranian for WS Model of SM", WS stands for Weinberg-Salam - two of the 1979 Nobel prize recipients for formulating the Stand Model. The third one is SG, who produced the QCD.
Energy Density Evolution BTW, As shown in Figure 08, this is also the point when the electro-weak interaction separated into the weak (with massive mediating bosons - making the force short range) and electromagnetic (with the massless photon - producing long range force) interactions.

The size of the universe at t ~ 10-32 sec is R(t)x(size at current epoch) ~ 10-27x1028 cm = 10 cm. This is actually the size of observable horizon such as the one shown in Figure 07. The inflation could go beyond to the un-observable part as illustrated in Figure 10.

Figure 10 Cosmic Expansion
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Proper Time In special relativity, the space-time interval ds is an invariance under the Lorentz transformation with
ds2 = c2dt2 - (dx2 + dy2 + dz2). Since ds 0 for light wave as demanded by the theory, dt2 = (dx2 + dy2 + dz2)/c2 which shows that time is not an independent variable, it is proportional to the distance before the electro-weak transition. The proper time is defined by the clock sitting at x = y = z = 0, or ds cd = cdt. For an external observer moving with a relative velocity v, d = dt[1-(v/c)2]1/2 (Figure 11). Since v = c for all particles in that period, hence cd ds 0 as defined previously.

Figure 11 Inertial Frames

After "Symmetry Breaking", the Higgs field in the true vacuum acquires the ability to interact with some particles giving them the appearance of mass (Figures 08b, 09b). Since then space and time act together as independent variables to determine ds. It was still very hot in the radiation era. Finally, the universe entered into the matter era emerging gradually with structures like nuclei, atoms, molecules, living organisms, planets, stars, galaxies, ... see Figure 01, and Main Menu.

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