Dark energy is believed to act like a cosmological constant—a scalar field that exists throughout space. This period is known as the cosmic Dark Ages. After recombination and decoupling, the universe was transparent and had cooled enough to allow light to travel long distances, but there were no light-producing structures such as stars and galaxies. Modern scientific thought owes itself to the contributions of many great men and women. Losing energy is necessary for particles to collapse into dense structures beyond a certain point. [64] (This age estimate is now believed to be slightly overstated).[65]. [25], At approximately 1 second after the Big Bang neutrinos decouple and begin travelling freely through space. It will continue to appear very similar for many billions of years into the future. {\displaystyle (k_{B}T/\hbar c)^{3}} They continue to do so for about the next 370,000 years. Ionized hydrogen does not have electron energy levels of this kind. To give one example, eternal inflation theories propose that inflation lasts forever throughout most of the universe, making the notion of "N seconds since Big Bang" ill-defined. If earlier on the timeline, there is no chick, and later on the timeline, there is a chick, you need a cause to account for why the chick wasn’t in the world earlier on the time stream, but is in the world later. At around 370,000 years, the universe has cooled to a point where free electrons can combine with the hydrogen and helium nuclei to form neutral atoms. If primordial black holes exist, they are also formed at about one second of cosmic time. In inflationary models of cosmology, times before the end of inflation (roughly 10−32 seconds after the Big Bang) do not follow the same timeline as in traditional big bang cosmology. Dark energy could also intensify, resulting in a “Big Rip” scenario. In several of the more prominent models, it is thought to have been triggered by the separation of the strong and electroweak interactions which ended the grand unification epoch. While the precise cause is not known, the observation is accepted as correct by the cosmologist community. [25] A small amount of deuterium is left unfused because of the very short duration. Alternatively, dark energy could slow down. [46] Over billions of years since decoupling, as the universe has expanded, the photons have been red-shifted from visible light to radio waves (microwave radiation corresponding to a temperature of about 2.7 K). In non-traditional versions of Big Bang theory (known as "inflationary" models), inflation ended at a temperature corresponding to roughly 10−32 seconds after the Big Bang, but this does not imply that the inflationary era lasted less than 10−32 seconds. Initially, various kinds of subatomic particles are formed in stages. It is not known exactly when the inflationary epoch ended, but it is thought to have been between 10−33 and 10−32 seconds after the Big Bang. From about 2 minutes, the falling temperature means that deuterium no longer unbinds, and is stable, and starting from about 3 minutes, helium and other elements formed by the fusion of deuterium also no longer unbind and are stable. Protons and electrons will recombine if energy is not continuously provided to keep them apart, which also sets limits on how numerous the sources were and their longevity. While matter and gravity have a greater effect initially, their effect quickly diminishes as the universe continues to expand. It would be expected that both baryons, and particles known as antibaryons would have formed in equal numbers. Thus H is orders of magnitude lower than the rate of collisions per particle species. There is also currently an observational effort underway to detect the faint 21 cm spin line radiation, as it is in principle an even more powerful tool than the cosmic microwave background for studying the early universe. These phase transitions in the universe's fundamental forces are believed to be caused by a phenomenon of quantum fields called "symmetry breaking". This is computationally relatively easy to study. At around 100,000 years, the universe has cooled enough for helium hydride, the first molecule, to form. Random fluctuations could lead to some regions becoming dense enough to undergo gravitational collapse, forming black holes. The Hubble parameter, however, is proportional to However, as the temperature of the universe continued to fall, new hadron/anti-hadron pairs were no longer produced, and most of the newly formed hadrons and anti-hadrons annihilated each other, giving rise to pairs of high-energy photons. The earliest generations of stars have not yet been observed astronomically. Steady-state theories. Summary and Timeline of the History of Cosmology: From Ancient Vedic and Greek Cosmology (Pythagoras, Aristotle), Ptolemy, Nicolaus de Cusa, Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Giordano Bruno, Galileo Galieli, Johannes Kepler, Issac Newton to Modern Big Bang Theory. And at 30 billion years, we could have what is known as a “Big crunch”. In fact, almost no antibaryons are observed in nature. So, things really DO begin to exist and DO have causes for their beginning even on a B-theory of time (or eternalism). The quark–gluon plasma that composes the universe cools until hadrons, including baryons such as protons and neutrons, can form. 1965 Discovery of CMB So how does this prove the Big Bang Theory? As yet, no Population III stars have been found, so our understanding of them is based on computational models of their formation and evolution. a From 1 billion years, and for about 12.8 billion years, the universe has looked much as it does today. Although a specific "inflationary epoch" is highlighted at around 10−32 seconds, observations and theories both suggest that distances between objects in space have been increasing at all times since the moment of the Big Bang, and are still increasing (with the exception of gravitationally bound objects such as galaxies and most clusters, once the rate of expansion had greatly slowed). Which of them will happen, if any, depends on the precise values of physical constants such as the cosmological constant, the possibility of proton decay, the energy of the vacuum (meaning, the energy of "empty" space itself), and the natural laws beyond the Standard Model. This sort of confusion crops up all the time. The grand unification epoch ended with a second phase transition, as the electrostrong interaction in turn separated, and began to manifest as two separate interactions, called the strong and the electroweak interactions. ", "Scientists confirm most distant galaxy ever", "Astronomers Claim to Find the Most Distant Known Galaxies", "Hobby-Eberly Telescope Helps Astronomers Learn Secrets of One of Universe's Most Distant Objects", "Astronomers Spot Most Distant Galaxy—At Least For Now", "Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast? If this is true, at 30 billion years all other galaxies are pulled from our view and all evidence of the big bang is lost forever (it may be possible that future astronomers could deduce its existence using a few methods…but hopefully we keep good records). [23], The quark epoch ended when the universe was about 10−5 seconds old, when the average energy of particle interactions had fallen below the mass of lightest hadron, the pion.[23]. Baryons are subatomic particles such as protons and neutrons, that are composed of three quarks. This has two related effects: After electroweak symmetry breaking, the fundamental interactions we know of—gravitation, electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions—have all taken their present forms, and fundamental particles have their expected masses, but the temperature of the universe is still too high to allow the stable formation of many particles we now see in the universe, so there are no protons or neutrons, and therefore no atoms, atomic nuclei, or molecules. Dark energy is now believed to be the single largest component of the universe, as it constitutes about 68.3% of the entire mass-energy of the physical universe. Using the world’s largest telescope, which is located at Mt. The photons released by these newly formed hydrogen atoms initially had a temperature/energy of around ~ 4000 K. This would have been visible to the eye as a pale yellow/orange tinted, or "soft", white color. The matter in the universe is around 84.5% cold dark matter and 15.5% "ordinary" matter. By 1930, other cosmologists had concluded that the static (non-evolving) model of the universe was unsatisfactory. . 3 These particles include almost equal amounts of matter and antimatter, so most of it quickly annihilates, leaving a small excess of matter in the universe. In essence, quantum fluctuations causing temperature differences in this inflation field (on the subatomic scale) get exponentially blown up to astrophysical sizes. The most modern developments follow the scientific development of the discipline of Physical cosmology. Nucleosynthesis is the theory that accurately predicts the abundances of elements and isotopes measured in the primeval samples of the universe i.e., in the oldest stars and high-red shifted gas clouds. Content is available under CC BY-SA 3.0 unless otherwise noted. , where 100 million years: the limit of current observations, that is, the highest red-shifted objects detectable (the oldest objects that we can see) are at a time of when the universe was 600 million years old. Until now, the universe's large scale dynamics and behaviour have been determined mainly by radiation—meaning, those constituents that move relativistically (at or near the speed of light), such as photons and neutrinos. As the universe continued to cool and expand, reionization gradually ended. This modelis based on bold extrapolations of existing theories—applyinggeneral relativity, for example, at le… Shortly after this discovery, Lemaître reasoned that traveling back in time should lead to an epoch in which all the matter in the universe was packed together in an extremely dense state, which is known as a kind of primeval atom. 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According to traditional Big Bang cosmology, the electroweak epoch began 10−36 seconds after the Big Bang, when the temperature of the universe was low enough (1028 K) for the electronuclear force to begin to manifest as two separate interactions, the strong and the electroweak interactions. {\displaystyle a^{-2}} [25] For example, the Big Bang should produce about 1 neutron for every 7 protons, allowing for 25% of all nucleons to be fused into helium-4 (2 protons and 2 neutrons out of every 16 nucleons), and this is the amount we find today, and far more than can be easily explained by other processes. [52], The October 2010 discovery of UDFy-38135539, the first observed galaxy to have existed during the following reionization epoch, gives us a window into these times. The lepton epoch follows a similar path to the earlier hadron epoch. New forces and particles would replace the present ones we know of, with the side effect that all current particles, forces and structures would be destroyed and subsequently (if able) reform into different particles, forces and structures. (The ratio later falls to 1:7 due to neutron decay). Its behaviour had originally been dominated by radiation (relativistic constituents such as photons and neutrinos) for the first 47,000 years, and since about 370,000 years of cosmic time, its behaviour had been dominated by matter. {\displaystyle a} σ Initially, hadron/anti-hadron pairs could form, so matter and antimatter were in thermal equilibrium. Large voids with few stars will develop between them, marking where dark matter became less common. John D. Barrow. After recombination and decoupling, the universe was transparent but the clouds of hydrogen only collapsed very slowly to form stars and galaxies, so there were no new sources of light. [67] More recent observations have shown these ages to be shorter than previously indicated. Physical cosmology has achieved a consensus Standard Model (SM), basedon extending the local physics governing gravity and the other forcesto describe the overall structure of the universe and its evolution.According to the SM, the universe has evolved from an extremely hightemperature early state, by expanding, cooling, and developingstructures at various scales, such as galaxies and stars. Like steam turning to water, the fields which define our universe's fundamental forces and particles also completely change their behaviours and structures when the temperature/energy falls below a certain point. 800 B.C.E. Another theory is “Quantum Emergence.” According to this view, space and time developed out of a primeval state described by a quantum theory of gravity. Matter density falls below dark energy density (, The time between the first formation of Population III stars until the cessation of, The background of this box approximates the original. This revolutionized cosmology and how we see the universe — and how we view our place within it. approximately 10−22 seconds after the Big Bang. Abraham Loeb (2014) speculated that primitive life might in principle have appeared during this window, which he called the "habitable epoch of the early Universe". Einstein's theory of general relativity, announced in 1916, had led to various cosmological models, including Einstein's own model of a static universe. Although light and objects within spacetime cannot travel faster than the speed of light, in this case it was the metric governing the size and geometry of spacetime itself that changed in scale. As of 2019, the earliest confirmed galaxies date from around 380–400 million years (for example GN-z11), suggesting surprisingly fast gas cloud condensation and stellar birth rates, and observations of the Lyman-alpha forest and other changes to the light from ancient objects allows the timing for reionization, and its eventual end, to be narrowed down. From about 9.8 billion years of cosmic time,[7] the slowing expansion of space gradually begins to accelerate under the influence of dark energy, which may be a scalar field throughout our universe. For a slightly different perspective, also see the section on Cosmological Theories Through History. They form the cosmic microwave background, and they provide crucial evidence of the early universe and how it developed. These phase transitions can be visualized as similar to condensation and freezing phase transitions of ordinary matter. [57] The current leading candidates from most to least significant are currently believed to be Population III stars (the earliest stars) (possibly 70%),[58][59] dwarf galaxies (very early small high-energy galaxies) (possibly 30%),[60] and a contribution from quasars (a class of active galactic nuclei).[56][61][62]. by University of Bonn. Instead of slowing down and perhaps beginning to move inward under the influence of gravity, from about 9.8 billion years of cosmic time, the expansion of space starts to slowly accelerate outward at a gradually increasing rate. A 1:7 ratio of hadrons would indeed produce the observed element ratios in the early as well as current universe. At certain temperatures/energies, water molecules change their behaviour and structure, and they will behave completely differently. Figure 5: The Big [40] In April 2019, this molecule was first announced to have been observed in interstellar space, in NGC_7027—a planetary nebula within our galaxy. It is not clear how this came about. In other words, the farther they are from us, the faster they are flying away. Since the start of the matter-dominated era, the dark matter has gradually been gathering in huge spread out (diffuse) filaments under the effects of gravity. This is equivalent to a linear increase of at least 1026 times in every spatial dimension—equivalent to an object 1 nanometre (10−9 m, about half the width of a molecule of DNA) in length, expanding to one approximately 10.6 light-years (100 trillion kilometres) long in a tiny fraction of a second. After that moment, all distances throughout the universe began to increase from (perhaps) zero because the FLRW metric itself changed over time, affecting distances between all non-bound objects everywhere. The universe has appeared much the same as it does now, for many billions of years. However, the huge potential energy of the inflation field was released at the end of the inflationary epoch, as the inflaton field decayed into other particles, known as "reheating". The rapid expansion of space meant that elementary particles remaining from the grand unification epoch were now distributed very thinly across the universe. At this point of the very early universe, the metric that defines distance within space suddenly and very rapidly changed in scale, leaving the early universe at least 1078 times its previous volume (and possibly much more). So, let us take a moment to delve into the Big Bang — into the timeline of everything that has ever existed. Two future projects that have already begun construction, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Square Kilometer Array, are specifically designed to shed some light on this era and (hopefully) bring the dark ages to an end. More exact knowledge of our current universe will allow these to be better understood. I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement and Privacy Policy. The larger stars have very short lifetimes compared to most Main Sequence stars we see today, so they commonly finish burning their hydrogen fuel and explode as supernovae after mere millions of years, seeding the universe with heavier elements over repeated generations. From superclusters to atoms, dark energy effectively tears everything apart. But from about 9.8 billion years of cosmic time, observations show that the expansion of the universe slowly stops decelerating, and gradually begins to accelerate again, instead. It is widely believed that a correct theory of quantum gravity may allow a more correct description of that event, but no such theory has yet been developed. From the birth of the cosmos in the Big Bang to the formation of life on Earth. Subsequently, Leiden University's Rychard J. Bouwens and Garth D. Illingworth from UC Observatories/Lick Observatory found the galaxy UDFj-39546284 to be even older, at a time some 480 million years after the Big Bang or about halfway through the Dark Ages 13.2 billion years ago. They can be huge as well as perhaps small—and non-metallic (no elements except hydrogen and helium). A summary of the major theories and critical turning points in the history of cosmology, from Copernicus to Einstein to Linde. - 4th Century A.D.) Medieval and Renaissance World (5th Century A.D. - 16th Century) Early Modern World (17th Century - … This means there was plenty of time for thermalisation at this stage. 1929. T COSMOLOGY, THEORIES. If the universe continues to grow at about the same pace, this will result in all the last stars burning out in about 100 trillion years (so we’ve got some time left anyway). A metric provides a measure of distance between objects, and the FLRW metric is the exact solution of Einstein field equations (EFE) if some key properties of space such as homogeneity and isotropy are assumed to be true. Hubble Ultra Deep Field observations has identified a number of small galaxies merging to form larger ones, at 800 million years of cosmic time (13 billion years ago). At 10 ^-5 seconds: protons and neutrons are formed from quarks. The number density of each particle species was, by a similar analysis to Stefan–Boltzmann law: which is roughly just Earliest galaxies: from about ¿300–400 Ma? As this field settled into its lowest energy state throughout the universe, it generated an enormous repulsive force that led to a rapid expansion of the metric that defines space itself. Ordinary matter eventually gathers together faster than it would otherwise do, because of the presence of these concentrations of dark matter. The picture shows the galaxy cluster XLSSC 006. Cosmologists have come up with several possible speculations as to what existed before the big bang (if anything existed at all). 3,100 B.C.E. At this epoch, the collision rate is proportional to the third root of the number density, and thus to This amplifies the tiny inhomogeneities (irregularities) in the density of the universe which was left by cosmic inflation. This change is known as inflation. 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[56] With these constraints, it is expected that quasars and first generation stars and galaxies were the main sources of energy. [5] Other theories suggest that they may have included small stars, some perhaps still burning today. ) (More exactly, any composite particles that form by chance, almost immediately break up again due to the extreme energies.). One of the theoretical products of this phase transition was a scalar field called the inflaton field. However, by this time, matter had become far more spread out due to the ongoing expansion of the universe. Collisions between particles were too energetic to allow quarks to combine into mesons or baryons. [49] These stars were the first source of visible light in the universe after recombination. [26], In 2015, it was reported that such shifts had been detected in the CMB. This theory of how the universe began became called the Big Bang Theory. Although there was light, it was not possible to see, nor can we observe that light through telescopes. Unlike gravity, the effects of such a field do not diminish (or only diminish slowly) as the universe grows. [25] Similarly, deuterium fuses extremely easily; any alternative explanation must also explain how conditions existed for deuterium to form, but also left some of that deuterium unfused and not immediately fused again into helium. Observations challenge cosmological theories. ... the worldview of scientists also influences the development and progress of scientific theories. is the scale parameter. Even atomic nuclei will be torn apart. [34], The short duration and falling temperature means that only the simplest and fastest fusion processes can occur. Models that aim to describe the universe and physics during the Planck epoch are generally speculative and fall under the umbrella of "New Physics". We believe this to be correct because, at a later stage, the neutrons and some of the protons fused, leaving hydrogen, a hydrogen isotope called deuterium, helium and other elements, which we can measure. Using the 10-metre Keck II telescope on Mauna Kea, Richard Ellis of the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena and his team found six star forming galaxies about 13.2 billion light-years away and therefore created when the universe was only 500 million years old. 9 billion years:our solar system forms (yay us!). In the case of indefinitely continuing metric expansion of space, the energy density in the universe will decrease until, after an estimated time of 10, Expansion of space accelerates and at some point becomes so extreme that even subatomic particles and the fabric of, For any value of the dark energy content of the universe where the negative pressure ratio is less than -1, the expansion rate of the universe will continue to increase without limit. Timeline of cosmological theories Category Astronomy portal; Observations suggest that the expansion of the universe will continue forever. The singularity from the FLRW metric is interpreted to mean that current theories are inadequate to describe what actually happened at the start of the Big Bang itself. (This does not necessarily mean that the universe was physically small at the Big Bang, although that is one of the possibilities.) By the end of recombination, most of the protons in the universe have formed neutral atoms. The earliest stages of the universe's existence are estimated as taking place 13.8 billion years ago, with an uncertainty of around 21 million years at the 68% confidence level.[1]. There is no hard evidence yet, that such a combined force existed, but many physicists believe it did. {\displaystyle n^{-2/3}} Additionally, The quark soup is likely the phase in which matter gained superiority over antimatter (lucky us). As a result, the universe was opaque or "foggy". Typically, primordial black hole formation requires density contrasts (regional variations in the universe's density) of around Protons and neutrons cannot exist yet, only leptons and quarks (with their force carriers, gluons, W and Z bosons and photons). The decoupled photons would have filled the universe with a brilliant pale orange glow at first, gradually redshifting to non-visible wavelengths after about 3 million years, leaving it without visible light. Beyond this, all objects in the universe will cool and (with the possible exception of protons) gradually decompose back to their constituent particles and then into subatomic particles and very low level photons and other fundamental particles, by a variety of possible processes. The electromagnetic and weak interaction have not yet separated, and as far as we know all particles were massless, as the Higgs mechanism had not operated yet. 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