The Universe expanded at a far faster rate than the speed of light for a tiny part of the first second of the life of the universe.
Geoffrey Landis, NASA Engineer, who has had a great track record with solar sails and interstellar propulsion gave a talk on negative mass at the Interstellar Research Group. He explained how negative mass could be the basis of faster than light observations related to inflation. What we still need to discover is what is preventing the generation of negative mass. Physics indicates that negative mass should be generated all the time, but it is not. There needs to be some unknown physical conservation law that prevents negative mass now but permitted negative mass during the inflation epoch of the universe.
Negative Mass is not excluded by General Relativity.
Negative Mass reacts in the opposite way to forces. If you push on Negative Mass it would move towards you.
Cosmic inflation is a theory of exponential expansion of space in the early universe. The inflationary epoch lasted from 10^−36 seconds after the conjectured Big Bang singularity to some time between 10^−33 and 10^−32 seconds after the singularity. Following the inflationary period, the universe continued to expand, but at a slower rate.
Electrostatic forces are 10^36 more powerful than gravity. This seems to be a clue that large amounts of negative mass existed and had an opposite and faster than light repulsion of electrostatic forces.
Inflation predicts that the observed perturbations should be in thermal equilibrium with each other. The structure and observations of the universe match what is expected by inflation. Inflation expectations are confirmed by the Planck spacecraft, WMAP spacecraft and other cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments, and galaxy surveys, especially the ongoing Sloan Digital Sky Survey. These experiments have shown that the one part in 100,000 inhomogeneities observed have exactly the form predicted by theory.
The acceleration of this expansion due to dark energy began after the universe was already over 9 billion years old (~4 billion years ago).
SOURCES- Geoffrey Landis, Interstellar Research Workshop
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com
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