Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Physics Q&A #2: The Inflaton

I spend a lot of time on this blog explaining a physical spacetime model and the underlying metaphysics. In this series of posts, each entry poses a physics question for the spacetime model, along with the answer. A separate series of posts answers metaphysics questions.

Physics Question #2. What is the inflaton (the field responsible for cosmic inflation)? In my spacetime model, spacetime is self-generating. Spacetime itself is the inflaton. Points are defined recursively, with the result that the number of points increases from N to 2N at each discrete time step. This is an extremely rapid expansion. It never stops, so spacetime is always inflating.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dark Matter Comment Draws Arrogant Reply

Sabine Hossenfelder, whose blog Backreaction is one of my favorites, has contributed a post on Ethan Siegel’s blog Starts With A Bang. It’s called “Ten Facts Everyone Should Know About Dark Matter.” I noticed that when she discussed some potential explanations for dark matter, she left out the one we know is correct, that is, dark matter is a result of incomplete decay of the oscillatory energy that appears at the end of the inflationary period and decays to form normal matter. My comment was: