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Researcher: Black holes formed shortly after the Big Bang

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Neutron star captures black hole/Alexander Kusenko, UCLA

From ScienceDaily:

A long-standing question in astrophysics is whether the universe’s very first black holes came into existence less than a second after the Big Bang or whether they formed only millions of years later during the deaths of the earliest stars.

Alexander Kusenko, a UCLA professor of physics, and Eric Cotner, a UCLA graduate student, developed a compellingly simple new theory suggesting that black holes could have formed very shortly after the Big Bang, long before stars began to shine. Astronomers have previously suggested that these so-called primordial black holes could account for all or some of the universe’s mysterious dark matter and that they might have seeded the formation of supermassive black holes that exist at the centers of galaxies. The new theory proposes that primordial black holes might help create many of the heavier elements found in nature. Paper. (paywall) – George M. Fuller, Alexander Kusenko, Volodymyr Takhistov. Primordial Black Holes and r-Process Nucleosynthesis. Physical Review Letters, 2017; 119 (6) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.061101 More.

This works better for the physicists who are happy with the Big Bang than for those who are not.

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The Big Bang: Put simply,the facts are wrong.

How Bright Was the Big Bang? Christopher Andersen, Charlotte Amalie Rosenstroem, Oleg Ruchayskiy It is generally believed that in the epoch prior to the formation of the first stars, the Universe was completely dark (the period is therefore known as the Dark Ages). Usually the start of this epoch is placed at the photon decoupling. In this work we investigate the question whether there was enough light during the dark epoch for a human eye to see. We use the black body spectrum of the Universe to find the flux of photon energy for different temperatures and compare them with visual limits of blindness and darkness. We find that the Dark Ages actually began approximately 5 million years later than commonly stated https://scirate.com/arxiv/1801.03278 Dionisio

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