Visco-elastic cosmology for a sparkling universe?

Abstract

We show the analogy between a generalization of the Rayleigh–Plesset equation of bubble dynamics including surface tension, elasticity and viscosity effects with a reformulation of the Friedmann–Lemaître set of equations describing the expansion of space in cosmology assuming a homogeneous and isotropic universe. By comparing both fluid and cosmic equations, we propose a bold generalization of the newly-derived cosmic equation mapping three continuum mechanics contributions. Conversely, the addition of a cosmological constant-like term in the fluid equation would lead also to a new phenomenology.

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GR thanks Jennifer Chaline for providing him with the essential knowledge on the Rayleigh–Plesset equation based on her Ph.D. thesis work. He also acknowledges discussions with M. Baudoin and P. Marmottant.

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Rousseaux, G., Mancas, S.C. Visco-elastic cosmology for a sparkling universe?. Gen Relativ Gravit 52, 55 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10714-020-02705-y

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