posted on Sep, 18 2013 @ 10:00 AM
Yes. You read correctly. As of the 13th of September, 2013, scientists are beginning to seriously consider an alternative theory that throws the Big
Bang right out the window and replaces it with...a fourth dimensional star producing a hyper black hole. Huh?
In a paper posted last week on the arXiv preprint server1, Afshordi and his colleagues turn their attention to a proposal2 made in 2000 by a team
including Gia Dvali, a physicist now at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. In that model, our three-dimensional (3D) Universe is a
membrane, or brane, that floats through a ‘bulk universe’ that has four spatial dimensions.
Ashfordi's team realized that if the bulk universe contained its own four-dimensional (4D) stars, some of them could collapse, forming 4D black holes
in the same way that massive stars in our Universe do: they explode as supernovae, violently ejecting their outer layers, while their inner layers
collapse into a black hole.
Okay, let's pause there and add some context. Gia Dvali is part of a team that officially established the
"Large extra dimension" theory
, which suggests that:
"In particle physics, the ADD model, also known as the model with large extra dimensions, is an alternative scenario to explain the weakness of
gravity relative to the other forces. This theory requires that the fields of the Standard Model are confined to a four-dimensional membrane, while
gravity propagates in several additional spatial dimensions that are large compared to the Planck scale."
Interesting. Please understand that I am not endorsing this theory as fact or as a likely or suitable replacement for the Big Bang theory. I am
presenting it as a potential puzzle worth exploring. After all...
The picture has some problems, however. Earlier this year, the European Space Agency's Planck space observatory released data that mapped the
slight temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background — the relic radiation that carries imprints of the Universe’s early moments.
The observed patterns matched predictions made by the standard Big Bang model and inflation, but the black-hole model deviates from Planck's
observations by about 4%. Hoping to resolve the discrepancy, Afshordi says that his is now refining its model.
Despite the mismatch, Dvali praises the ingenious way in which the team threw out the Big Bang model. “The singularity is the most fundamental
problem in cosmology and they have rewritten history so that we never encountered it,” he says. Whereas the Planck results “prove that inflation
is correct”, they leave open the question of how inflation happened, Dvali adds. The study could help to show how inflation is triggered by the
motion of the Universe through a higher-dimensional reality, he says.
What do you guys think? Sound off!
edit on 18-9-2013 by AfterInfinity because: (no reason given)