Dynamics of a lattice Universe: The dust approximation in cosmology

Jean-Philippe Bruneton, Julien Larena

    Research output: Other contribution


    We find a solution to Einstein field equations for a regular toroidal lattice of size L with equal masses M at the centre of each cell; this solution is exact at order M/L. Such a solution is convenient to study the dynamics of an assembly of galaxy-like objects. We find that the solution is expanding (or contracting) in exactly the same way as the solution of a Friedman-Lema\^itre-Robertson-Walker Universe with dust having the same average density as our model. This points towards the absence of backreaction in a Universe filled with an infinite number of objects, and this validates the fluid approximation, as far as dynamics is concerned, and at the level of approximation considered in this work.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

    Cite this