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  1. Modern Physics: Part 2

  2. ALL Galaxies have redshifts – farther from us greater redshifts! • Many other scientists made observations similar to Slipher’s. • In 1929, Edwin Hubble and Milton Humason put their observations together in a way that led to the first realization that the universe changes – in fact, the universe is expanding! Addison Wesley IF20.18

  3. the more distant the object • the farther back in time we are seeing it • the faster it is moving away from us • and the bigger its redshift.

  4. Space-time and Gravity • Albert Einstein stunned the scientific world in 1915… • with publication of his general theory of relativity • it illustrates how space-time can be used to describe the behavior of how mass and light interact - in a way its an explanation of how gravity works • Isaac Newton saw gravity as a mysterious “force.” • even Newton had problems accepting this concept of “action at a distance” -- how the force of gravity is transmitted through space • Einstein theorized that the “force” of gravity arises from distortions of spacetime itself!

  5. Matter Warps Spacetime • Matter Warps spacetime like weights on a taut rubber sheet. • The greater the amount of mass, the greater the warping of spacetime.

  6. The Strength of Gravity • The greater the amount and concentration of mass (density), the more that spacetime warps, the stronger gravity becomes. • The distance away from the center that space-time will be curved is the same for all three objects. • White dwarf causes steeper curvature at Sun’s former position. • Black hole creates infinitely deep hole in the fabric of space-time but still warps out to the same distance. • Nothing can escape from within the event horizon of the Black hole.

  7. Matter tells space-time how to curve. Curved space-time tells light and matter how to move.

  8. Evidence for Space Time and General Relativity - Gravitational Lensing • Light will always travel at a constant velocity. • therefore, it will follow the straightest possible path through space-time • if spacetime is curved near a massive object, so will the trajectory of light • During a Solar eclipse in 1919, two stars near the Sun… • were observed to have a smaller angular separation than is usually measured for them at night at other times of the year • This observation verified Einstein’s theory…

  9. Gravitational Lensing • Since that time, more examples of gravitational lensing have been seen. • They usually involve light paths from quasars & galaxies being bent by intervening galaxies & clusters. Einstein’s Cross an Einstein ring galaxy directly behind a galaxy

  10. Spacetime for All • The reality of spacetime is the same in all reference frames. • we cannot visualize the 4D spacetime since we can’t see through time • we perceive a 3D projection (view) of spacetime • while spacetime is the same for all observers, their 3D perceptions of it (e.g. space & time) can be very different • But… • the following 2D projections (views) of the same book all look very different • By analogy… • we can all agree on the shape & size of this book in 3 dimensions

  11. The Rules of Geometry • The geometry you know is valid when drawn on a flat surface. • The rules change if the surface is not flat. spherical (curved-in) geometry flat (Euclidean) geometry saddle-shaped (curved-out) geometry

  12. The Universe and Spacetime • Galaxies are moving away from us. • Galaxies that are further away are moving faster. • The universe is expanding! • The expansion of the Universe creates more space and time

  13. 10-44sec 10-35sec 10-32sec 10-10sec 300 sec 3x105yr 1x109yr 15x109yr Radiation Era GUT Era Inflation Era Electro-weak Era Particle Era Recombination Era Galaxy and Star Formation Present Era What happened after the Big Bang?

  14. What evidence is there to support the idea of a Big Bang? • ~380,000 years after the event of the Big Bang, the Universe cooled to a temperature of 3,000 K, and light, which could not propagate until then, began to spread in all directions. • Working backwards, we should be able to see some evidence of this signature of light (blackbody radiation) at the time of the early universe. • The light released then, almost 14 billion years ago, can still be observed now. The 3,000 Kelvin temperature of the early Universe has dropped to a temperature today of 2.735 K (Blackbody peak in the microwave) - This is known as the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation!!!

  15. The cosmic microwave background radiation that fills all space is evidence for the BIG BANG

  16. The Blackbody spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation reveals a temperature of 2.735K

  17. The microwave background radiation is evidence to support the ideas that: • The Universe was once much hotter, denser and smaller. • There were times during the early universe when light could not freely travel through space. • The Universe began during an event we call the Big Bang. • The Universe is approximately 14 billion years old.

  18. Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation COBE WMAP

  19. So what does the WMAP (“the best baby picture of the Universe ever taken”) tell us? • The first generation of stars in the Universe first ignited only 200 million years after the Big Bang, much earlier than many scientists had expected. • The new microwave background observations precisely peg the age of the Universe at 13.7 billion years old, with a remarkably small one percent margin of error. • The Universe includes 4% atoms (ordinary matter), 23% of an unknown type of dark matter, and 73% of a mysterious dark energy. • The new measurements even shed light on the nature of the dark energy, which acts as a sort of an anti-gravity affecting the rate of expansion of the Universe. We might not only be expanding, but the expansion might be accelerating.