Explaining the supernova data without accelerating expansion

W. M. Stuckey, Elizabethtown College
T. J. McDevitt, Elizabethtown College
M. Silberstein, University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)


The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae." However, it is not the case that the type Ia supernova data necessitates accelerating expansion. Since we do not have a successful theory of quantum gravity, we should not assume general relativity (GR) will survive unification intact, especially on cosmological scales where tests are scarce. We provide a simple example of how GR cosmology may be modified to produce a decelerating Einstein-de Sitter cosmology (EdS) that accounts for the Union2 Compilation data as well as the accelerating ΛCDM (EdS plus a cosmological constant). © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company.