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Nickster
2007-Oct-28, 07:20 PM
If inflatons at the time of the big bang enabled the early universe to appear to expand faster than otherwise possible, what happened after that to stop it continuing?

If we can see back to the start of it all, then assuming that effect continued, that wouldn’t necessarily be the furthest away, only the furthest we can see. The stuff beyond that would have no influence on us directly, but it would have an influence on anything in between, so would that have an indirect influence?

Sorry in advance if I’ve missed something

Cougar
2007-Oct-29, 05:21 PM
If inflatons at the time of the big bang enabled the early universe to appear to expand faster than otherwise possible, what happened after that to stop it continuing?
The end of inflation is called reheating or thermalization because the large potential energy decays and fills the universe with particles and radiation.