The Seeds of Cosmic structure as a door to New Physics
Abstract
There is something missing in our understanding of the origin of the seeds of Cosmic Structuture. The fact that the fluctuation spectrum can be extracted from the inflationary scenario through an analysis that involves quantum field theory in curved spacetime, and that it coincides with the observational data has lead to a certain complacency in the community, which prevents the critical analysis of the obscure spots in the derivation. The point is that the inhomogeneity and anisotropy of our universe seems to emerge from an exactly homogeneous and isotropic initial state through processes that do not break those symmetries. This article gives a brief recount of the problems faced by the arguments based on established physics, which comprise the point of view held by a large majority of researchers in the field. The conclusion is that we need some new physics to be able to fully address the problem. The article then exposes one avenue that has been used to address the central issue and elaborates on the degree to which, the new approach makes different predictions from the standard analyses. The approach is inspired on Penrose's proposals that Quantum Gravity might lead to a real, dynamical collapse of the wave function, a process that we argue has the properties needed to extract us from the theoretical impasse described above.
 Publication:

Journal of Physics Conference Series
 Pub Date:
 May 2007
 DOI:
 10.1088/17426596/68/1/012029
 arXiv:
 arXiv:grqc/0612005
 Bibcode:
 2007JPhCS..68a2029S
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 Prepared for the proceedings of the conference NEBXII " Recent Developments in Gravity", Napfio Grece June 2006. LateX, 15 pages