Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Size Matters (for Gravitational Waves, too)

Via Technology Review:

Can very large scale gravitational waves explain (apparent) cosmic acceleration and other exotic and funky features of the Cosmos? Edmund R. Schluessel says yes:
http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.4315

Strong long-scale gravitational waves can explain cosmic acceleration within the context of general relativity without resorting to the assumption of exotic forms of matter such as quintessence. The existence of these gravitational waves in sufficient strength to cause observed acceleration can be compatible with the cosmic microwave background under reasonable physical circumstances. An instance of the Bianchi IX cosmology is demonstrated which also explains the alignment of low-order multipoles observed in the CMB. The model requires a closed cosmology but is otherwise not strongly constrained. Recommendations are made for further observations to verify and better constrain the model.