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Alternative Cosmology Group
July 9, 2009
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Growing mass of evidence challenges “concordance cosmology” but elicits no response.
Why the Silence?
In the past year, but particularly in the past three months, a growing number of astrophysical papers have
revealed results that challenge the “precision cosmology” notion in fundamental ways. These papers have
undermined nearly all the claimed observational confirmation of the dominant cosmological model. They have
shown important errors in the WMAP team’s analysis of the data on the cosmic background radiation (CBR)
which call into question the entire conclusions based on this analysis. They have demonstrated that the
predictions of Big Bang nucleosynthesis for the abundance of lithium are erroneous and that the discrepancy is
getting larger with better data. They have discovered the existence of ever-larger structures in the universe,
structures far larger than those allowed for in the “concordance cosmology.” They have shown that the size and
surface brightness of distant galaxies are in sharp contradiction with the predictions of any expanding universe
model and are closer to those predicted for a non-expanding universe. In each of these fields of research, the
evidence is reinforced by several different recent papers, by unrelated teams of researchers.
If the concordance model was encountering problems in one area, while recording triumphs in others, it might
be understandable for leading cosmologists to dismiss a few results as anomalies not worthy of much attention.
But the recent papers have undermined not one but virtually all of the pieces of evidence used to justify the
claim that modern cosmology has it “precisely” right. In this circumstance, it would be reasonable to expect that
the defenders of the concordance cosmology would reply to at least some of these papers. In fact, the response
has been silence.
The following report summarizes and points to the importance of some the key papers of the last three months,
referring as needed to supporting papers from the past year. 1) WMAP team analysis errors
In May, Ti-Pei Li et al posted to arXiv a paper showing serious errors in the WMAP team’s analysis of the
satellite’s data. The analysis and the resulting maps of the CBR have been used by the WMAP team and others
to argue that the WMAP data spectacularly confirms the predictions of the six-parameter LCDM (dark matter,
dark energy) model of the universe. However, the new paper, “Observation number correlation in WMAP data”
by Ti-Pei Li et al, arXiv 0905.0075, which has been accepted by MNRAS, shows that a spurious apparent
temperature is introduced into the map of the CBR by the WMAP team’s analyses. As a result, the conclusions
based on this analysis are thrown into doubt. Dr. Li is a member of the Chinese Academy of Science.
WMAP mapped the tiny variations of anisotropies in the CBR by comparing the inputs of two receivers or
horns spaced 141 degrees apart, as the satellite spun and scanned the entire sky. Complex mathematical
procedures were used to transform these differences in inputs into map of absolute temperature or intensities at
every point in the sky. But the authors show that when the number of observations of a given pixel by the
“plus” horn (the number of times that point in the sky is scanned) is different than the number of observations
by the “minus” horn, there is a spurious temperature added. As a result there is clear correlation between the temperature in the WMAP team’s maps and the number of times a given pixel is observed, clear evidence of an induced error in the analysis. This paper is a follow-up to Liu and Li’s earlier paper on the same subject, arXiv0806.4493. In that earlier paper, the authors showed that there were additional errors in the WMAP team maps: they showed that pixels that were 141 degrees away from the 2000 hottest pixels in the map are on average 12-14 microkelvin cooler than average pixels. This is several hundred
times the expected random variation.
Li et al’s figure shows a clear correlation between the temperature calculated by the WMAP team and the
difference in the number of times a pixel is observed by the satellite’s two antennae.
So, from these papers, it seems that there are spurious temperature anisotropies that are comparable with the
entire anisotropy found in the WMAP team’s maps. Therefore the entire analysis of cosmological parameters
based on these maps is of questionable value. Indeed it seems very puzzling that an analysis that is so
contaminated with errors should come up with parameters anywhere near those expected by LCDM models.
Many other recent papers have demonstrated results that could be explained by these errors in the maps. For
example, in April Bi-Zhu Jiang, Richard Lieu, and Shuang-Nan Zhang showed (“Spectral variation of the
WMAP 5-year degree scale anisotropy”, arXiv:0904.2513) that the first acoustic peak in WMAP maps did not
have a black-body spectrum and was asymmetrical—different in the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Such
behavior could, potentially, be explained in part by the errors in the maps that Li and colleagues have pointed
out, which vary from one wave-band to the next and are also asymmetrical, resulting from the scanning pattern
of the WMAP satellite. Similarly in January, J. M.Diego et al showed that the WMAP team’s map had a ridge
running along the ecliptic, the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun, which again might be due to the errors
in data reduction. (“WMAP anomalous signal in the ecliptic plane”, arXiv: 0901.4344) 2) Lithium observations contradict BBN
It has long been known that the Big Bang predictions for the abundance of lithium are about three times larger
than levels observed in metal-poor dwarf stars, which formed early in the history of our galaxy. But this
problem has recently been becoming worse, as more and more-metal poor dwarfs are discovered, with still
lower levels of lithium. In April, Wako Aoki et al (“Lithium Abundances of Extremely Metal-Poor Turn-off Stars”, ApJ 698 1803-1812, arXiv 0904.1448) analyzed a set of dwarf stars with iron abundances between 1,000 and 10,000 times lower than that of the sun, which are presumably more pristine than dwarfs with more iron. They found a downward trend in lithium abundance, with the most iron-poor stars having lithium abundances a factor of five below BBN predictions. This downwards slope is in sharp contradiction to the conventional prediction that lithium was produced by the Big Bang, but is consistent with theories which hypothesize that lithium was produced by cosmic rays from stars in the early galaxy. Last year, in confirmation of this downward trend, Anna Frebel et al, found that the most metal-poor star yet discovered, with iron abundance 100,000 times less than the sun’s, had no observable lithium, with an upper limit on the abundance one hundred times less than BBN predictions (“HE 1327-2326, an Unevolved Star with [Fe/H]<-5.0. II. New 3D-1D Corrected Abundances from a Very Large Telescope UVES Spectrum” ApJ, 684, pp. 588-602. ArXiv 0805.3341)
Aoki et al found a decline in lithium abundance with decreasing iron abundance, as shown in this log-log plot.
The horizontal line at the top of the figure (added by ACG editors) shows the level predicted by Big Bang
Large Scale Structures are too big
It has long been clear that large scale structures are too big to have formed in the conventional cosmological
model. Recent papers using large surveys have confirmed this picture. For example, Francesco Sylos Labini,
Nikolay L. Vasilyev and Yurij V. Baryshev (“Persistent fluctuations in the distribution of galaxies from the two
degree Field Galaxy Redshift Survey” EPL 85 29002) showed that there is no evidence of a homogenous
distribution of galaxies even on scales as large as 75 Mpc, while predictions based on conventional
cosmological models predict a convergence to homogeneity on scales of 10 Mpc. More dramatically, N.V.
Nabokov and Baryshev showed (“A search for super-large structures in deep galaxy surveys” arxiv0809.2390)
that there is evidence of ultra-large- scale structure on scale of 1000 Mpc that shows up in galaxy surveys such
as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field and in the redshift distribution of gamma-ray bursters. Such huge structures are
very considerable challenges to the dominant cosmological model, which assumes the universe originated from
a homogenous state 14 billion years ago.
Surface brightness and size predictions are contradicted
One of the most dramatic predictions of the dominant expanding universe model is that the surface brightness of
objects decreases sharply at high redshift and their apparent size increase, while in a non-expanding universe,
the surface brightness of objects is constant with distance and apparent size is inversely proportional to distance.
Recent papers have indicated a growing contradiction between this basic expanding-universe prediction and
observations. In June, Eric Lerner posted results of an extensive study of the surface brightness of disk galaxies,
comparing high redshift galaxies observed by Hubble with low-redshift galaxies observed by GALEX
(“Tolman Test from z = 0.1 to z = 5.5: Preliminary results challenge the expanding universe model”,
arXiv:0906.4284). He found that surface brightness was indeed close to constant and the data was a much better
fit to the non-expanding prediction, with redshift proportional to z at all redshifts, than to the LCDM model,
even with the generally accepted model for size evolution of galaxies. Also remarkably, the paper points out
that the luminosity predictions of the simple non-expanding model are almost indistinguishable from those of
the LCDM model. Lerner’s findings were apparently deemed so unacceptable by arXiv moderators, that the
paper was excluded from the astrophysics section, even though other papers on the same subject have been
A few days after Lerner’s posting, Rik Williams et al posted an extensive survey on galaxy size that added to
the contradictions with the conventional model (“The Evolving relations between Size, Mass, Surface density
and Star Formation in 3x104 galaxies since z=2”,arXiv 0906.4786). As had several earlier, less extensive
surveys, they found that, given conventional formulae relating apparent to physical size, the most massive
galaxies at high redshift were much smaller and denser than any similar massive galaxies existing today. This
produces a paradox, since there is no known mechanism than can cause galaxies to greatly expand without
losing mass. Yet the apparently ultra-small galaxies were the same mass as the most massive galaxies existing
today. Where did the ultra-dense massive galaxies, which would also be the most massive in today’s universe,
go? A possible solution to this paradox is that the expanding-universe formulae greatly underestimate the
physical size of galaxies at high redshift. If the same data is analyzed assuming non-expansion, the galaxies at
high redshift are essentially the same size as those at low redshift.
The summary presented here is by no means exhaustive and other contradictions between the concordance
cosmology and observation exist. But this is sufficient to raise the question—why the silence? The ACG is an open society of scientists from all over the world, dedicated to the advance of cosmology.
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