posted on Dec, 28 2010 @ 08:11 AM
I have a "theory," of sorts, that essentially inverts the presumptions about stellar formation. I've only mentioned it a few times because I am,
by no means, very familiar or educated with known and theorized mechanics involved.
The general assumption of star formation is that a large cloud of gas begins to coalesce into a mass that eventually collapses in on itself and begins
a sustained fusion process. Being an electronics person and highly interested in the physics of plasma, I'm not entirely sold on the idea - it would
seem a strong magnetic field would be necessary before the fusion process began, and that a gas is simply far too diffuse to coalesce without some far
more dense material to trigger the reaction.
Again - I'm not an astrophysicist, and am not 100% familiar with the current model of star formation - but there's a lot there that seems to be
lacking, particularly on the macroscopic time-scale. Theoretically, there should be far more mass tied up in heavier elements (like silicon and iron)
than is left over as hydrogen. This does not appear to be the case (unless it is that mysterious "dark matter" phenomena).
Anyway - my original idea involved thinking about what the collapse of a cosmic-scale singularity would appear like. Relativity is a real
brain-buster, here - but the overall idea is that as mass is lost, the event horizon's surface area relative to the mass grows exponentially. What
eventually ends up coming off of the event horizon is intense particle and electromagnetic radiation. This would result in energy-to-matter
conversion. However, the gravitational and electromagnetic properties of the singularity would keep a wide range of the particle radiation isolated
and eventually build a layer of matter and trigger secondary reactions (such as fusion). For a while, the two would stabilize - the external
reactions 'feeding' the singularity long enough to stave off further evaporation for a while. As time continued, however, the singularity would
The surface-area of the event-horizon is key. As the singularity loses mass, the surface area shrinks (but inversely proportional to mass) - this
means less surface area to absorb radiation from the star surrounding it (staving off further evaporation) but more surface-area/mass to radiate
energy into the star.
Eventually, the relationship grows unstable as the singularity enters its final stage and evaporates its remaining mass as energy (a supernova). This
may happen to a smaller extent many times over the life of a star (a rapid sequence of evaporation, but not to completely evaporate the
Thus - heavier elements (such as iron and up) would be synthesized early in the life of a star, while the lighter elements would be synthesized and
ejected in the much higher energy of a smaller and more rapidly-evaporating singularity.
This would, also, not necessarily be meant to replace the current model, but add on to it. After the singularity loses coherency, it would likely
leave behind a dense mass to restart the process anew, and heavier elements ejected from previous reactions could coalesce and form large stars from
other gaseous remnants.
As applied to this thread - these stars could have been singularities ejected from earlier cosmic events (such as the "big bang"). However, if we
presume the concept of the "big bang" to be plausible (some mystical way of injecting a massive amount of energy into the universe) as a beginning -
it could also still be plausible to this day - and new 'bangs' occur in the form of spontaneously created singularities that then evaporate to form
star clusters later on in 'life.'
It is, essentially, an inversion of the standard model of star formation - and, as stated earlier, is not intended to be exclusive - but additive
(added into the current concepts).
However, it could be completely off its rocker. I would like the opportunity to simulate such a scenario as completely as possible (including
relativistic effects of ejecta velocity and gravitational effects), as such will likely be possible within my lifetime (traveling to distant stars or
into them, on the other hand, may not).