Presentation on theme: "Origin & Evolution of the Universe"— Presentation transcript:
1 Origin & Evolution of the Universe The Big Bang Theory:Origin & Evolution of the UniverseSu’dud Mayadmeh
2 . . . . Introduction Where did the Universe come from? Where is it going?How can we see the past?How can we learn about the future from seeing the past?...
3 Newton’s Static Universe Universe is static and composed of an infinite number of stars that are scattered randomly throughout an infinite space.rse is infinitely old and will exist forever without any major changes.Time and Space are steady and independent of one another and any objects in existence within them.This made sense to Newton because the gravity of a finite number of stars would eventually cause the universe to fall together into a compact blob - clearly this isn’t/hasn’t happen[ing]/[ed]
4 Newton’s ErrorIf universe is as how Newton describes, then why is the sky dark at night?
5 Olber’s ParadoxIf space goes on forever with stars scattered randomly throughout, then in any line of sight in any direction will eventually run into a star.Using this logic, the sky should be the average brightness of all of these stars; the sky should be as bright as the sun, even at night.
6 But isn’t the sky dark at night…? Yes, of course - that is what we observe now and have always observed.Something is wrong with Newton’s idea of a static, infinite universe.
7 What is the Big Bang Theory? The universe started as a single point.That point was extremely dense.It became unstable and exploded outward.Today the universe continues to expand
9 Time begins The universe begins ~13.7 Billion years ago The universe begins as the size of a single atomThe universe began as a violent expansionAll matter and space were created from a single point of pure energy in an instant
10 ~ 3 minutes after big bang The universe has grown from the size of an atom to larger than the size a grapefruitE=mc2energy froze into matter according to Albert Einstein’s equation.This basically says that like snowflakes freezing, energy forms matter into clumps that today we call protons, neutrons and electrons.These parts later form into atoms
12 Universal expansion and Hubble’s Law Hubble observed the majority of galaxies are moving away from us and each otherThe farther, the faster they moveRed Shift
13 Galactic Red shifts l Z = [(1+ v/c)/(1+ v/c)]1/2 - 1 Z Edwin Hubble ( ) and colleaguesmeasured the spectra (light) of many galaxiesfound nearly all galaxies are red-shiftedRedshift (Z)restl-=observedZAndromeda galaxy(Doppler Effect) Z=V/C(For speed approaching Cwe’ll need a relativistic versionOf this equation.)Z = [(1+ v/c)/(1+ v/c)]1/2 - 1
15 In relativity the space between the galaxies Quasars & CosmologyRedshiftIn relativity the space between the galaxiesis expanding.Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy, RPI
16 Hubble’s Law Galaxies are moving away from us. The farther away the faster they go.V = Ho x Dv = recessional velocity of the galaxyH0 = Hubble constantD = distance of galaxy to earth
17 Hubble’s Constant Expansion rate measured using Type 1A Supernovae. The age of the universe can be derived from Hubble’s constant:T0 = d T0 = 1H0d H0For example, if H0 = 73 km/s*Mpc, thenT0 = 13.4 Billion years old
18 Evidence for Expansion The light from remote galaxies and other objects is red shifted.This red shift is called cosmological red shift because it is caused by the expansion of the universe, not by the actual movement of the object (doppler red shift).If galaxies are all moving away, then at some point they were all much closer.Hubble’s Law implies the Universe is expanding.
19 Three Pieces of Evidence Supporting the Big Bang The observation of the galaxies spreading away from the center of the universe (Red Shift)The presence of Background RadiationHeat in space 3°K
20 Center of Universe? There is NO CENTER to the universe Expansion looks the same regardless of where you are in the universe.Every point appears to be the center of the expansion, therefore no point is the center.The universe is infinite.
21 What Happens Next?Astronomers feel that the Big Bang theory leads to two possible futures for the Universe.
22 Open Universe Closed Universe Galaxies will continue racing outward (continue to expand). All of the stars will die off as the last of their energy is released. There will be nothing left, total emptinessClosed UniverseGravitational attraction between the galaxies will cause the movement away from each other to slow and, eventually come to a halt. The gravitational pull will begin to pull the galaxies back to the center of the universe
23 The Shape of the Universe According to Einstein, mass bends space. This means that the universe has a shape. This shape is related to the density of the universe.TypeShape of UniverseOpen UniverseClosed UniverseFlat Universe
24 Cosmic Background Radiation Discovered in 1965Discovered by Arno Penzias & Robert WilsonTheir radio telescope detected faint radiation coming from all directionsNow believed to be leftover thermal energy from the big bang
25 Cosmic Background Radiation (or CBR) George Gamow, Ralph Alpher and Robert Herman (1948) suggested that the Universe should have been filled with radiation shortly after the Big Bang. A remnant of this radiation should still be detectable today as low intensity background microwaves.In an expanding Universe, the wavelength of radiation from the Big Bang would also expand, becoming red shifted and cooled. Therefore, we should be able to detect the red shifted cooled-off remnant of the Big Bang explosion all around us (pervading the entire Universe)! Furthermore, the remnant of the Big Bang explosion should have a blackbody spectrum.