Flat Space Cosmology (FSC) was developed as a heuristic of the Hawking-Penrose idea of treating the universe expanding from a singularity state as being equivalent to a time-reversed gigantic black hole (i.e., one which smoothly expands from a singularity as opposed to smoothly collapsing to a singularity). Penrose had started the development with his initial paper on gravitational collapse and space-time singularities  . Hawking’s doctoral thesis advanced the idea by proving the validity, within general relativity, of the black hole time-reversal idea  . And finally, FSC has shown very clearly that the appropriate scaling black hole equations are remarkably accurate in modeling our expanding universe    .
Recently, we have integrated the FSC equations into the Friedmann equations incorporating a cosmological term for vacuum energy (dark energy). One of the results of integrating FSC into the Friedmann equations is that the following relation holds true in FSC:
This equation is a consequence of modeling a spatially flat universe from its inception. It should be remembered that, to date, there is no observational proof that our expanding universe has been anything other than spatially flat. At least as far back in time as the CMB radiation release event (“recombination epoch”), our universe appears to be spatially flat  . The extreme flatness of our universe presents a “cosmic flatness problem,” first elucidated by physicist Robert Dicke in the late 1960’s   . In fact, theories of cosmic inflation     were invented primarily to address this problem. The FSC model, on the other hand, tackles the flatness problem in an entirely different way. Since perpetual spatial flatness on a global scale (i.e., for a cosmic model as a whole) is not forbidden in a general relativity model of a finite but unbounded expanding universe, FSC starts with the (implied) assumption that the curvature term k in the FSC Friedmann equations is perpetually zero. Thus, Equation (1) in this paper is a direct consequence of this assumption.
In so many words, Equation (1) says that, in the FSC general relativity model, the magnitude of the positive (i.e., gravitationally attracting) matter energy density is always equal in absolute magnitude to the negative (dark) energy density. This is fully understandable in terms of general relativity because a globally spatially flat universe, by definition, must have a net zero energy density. If the case were otherwise, the greater energy density term would dictate a global spatial curvature, either positive or negative, depending upon the sign of the dominating term.
In standard cosmology, there is tension between the observations of extreme global spatial flatness and the popular assumption of dark energy dominance. This makes no sense. It can only be one or the other, but not both at the same time. It should be remembered that cosmic acceleration is still not proven, despite the fact that dark energy is now known to exist    . Realistic Rh = ct universe models, such as FSC, are now the chief competition for standard cosmology      . These recent statistical studies of the Supernova Cosmology Project data clearly demonstrate that cosmic acceleration is not yet proven to the exclusion of cosmic coasting models like Rh = ct. FSC incorporates dark energy in perpetual perfect balance with the effect of attractive gravity on a global scale. FSC accomplishes this by
This is the only way that Equation (1) holds true. Since Ht is a changing parameter over the great span of cosmic time, this makes FSC a dynamic dark energy model of the wCDM type, with the equation of state in FSC always defined as w = −1. This is in keeping with the quantum field theory stipulation that the zero-state vacuum energy density must always be equal in magnitude to the vacuum pressure (i.e., ).
Given this background, the current basic five assumptions of FSC are presented below.
The Five Assumptions of Flat Space Cosmology
1) The cosmic model is an ever-expanding sphere such that the cosmic horizon always translates at speed of light c with respect to its geometric center at all times t. The observer is defined to be at this geometric center at all times t.
2) The cosmic radius Rt and total mass Mt follow the Schwarzschild formula at all times t.
3) The cosmic Hubble parameter at all times t.
4) Incorporating our cosmological scaling adaptation of Hawking’s black hole temperature formula, at any radius Rt, cosmic temperature Tt is inversely proportional to the geometric mean of cosmic total mass Mt and the Planck mass Mpl. Rpl is defined as twice the Planck length (i.e., as the Schwarzschild radius of the Planck mass black hole). With subscript t for any time stage of cosmic evolution and subscript pl for the Planck scale epoch, and, incorporating the Schwarzschild relationship between Mt and Rt,
5) Total entropy of the cosmic model follows the Bekenstein-Hawking black hole formula   .
The strength of the FSC model is largely due to the consistent theme behind these assumptions (i.e., the Hawking-Penrose idea) and the use of our scaling Hawking black hole temperature formula [the top equation in relations (3)], which is more appropriate for an expanding and scaling cosmological model. By virtue of the fact that Hawking’s original static black hole temperature formula incorporated elementary and fundamental constants of nature, our scaling FSC model, based upon adapting Hawking’s static formula, is the first quantum cosmology model. The five basic FSC assumptions, incorporated into this scaling temperature formula, dictate the following quantum cosmology equations
Current observational parameters are calculated in the right-hand column. The only free parameter in any of these equations is the cosmic temperature. The currently observed cosmic temperature value: T0 = 2.72548 K. By incorporating the known values of T0, h, G, kB, Lp, and π to as many decimal places as possible, the current FSC derived Hubble parameter value is
This derived theoretical global Ho value fits very closely with the low end range of the 2015 Planck Collaboration observational global Ho value of 67.8 ± 0.9 km∙s−1∙Mpc−1 (68% confidence interval). And yet, this theoretical calculation is based only upon the one free parameter: T0 = 2.72548 K. This is a remarkable result!
Therefore, one can have great confidence that the following cosmological parameters incorporating the FSC derived Ho value are also highly accurate. Although one can certainly use the FSC quantum cosmology formulae given above, recalculating each additional parameter using the known constants of nature taken out to many decimal places can be a bit cumbersome. Using the once-derived Ho value given above can take the place of these more cumbersome calculations.
(multiplying by 1 sidereal yr/3.155814954 × 107 s).
This value is the reciprocal of the derived Hubble parameter, as one would expect for a flat space-time cosmic model in comparison to the standard inflationary model. 13.7 billion years is now consensus for the standard model.
(multiplying by 1 Julian light-yr/9.4607304725808 × 1015 m).
This current cosmic radius value correlates with current cosmic time by . For reasons given in the seminal FSC papers, a perpetually flat and finite space-time cosmology model has no need to incorporate a superluminal inflationary mechanism to solve the flatness and horizon problems.
This total mass number can be compared very favorably to a rough estimate made from astronomical observations. The visible matter consists of roughly 100 billion galaxies averaging roughly 100 billion stars each, of average star mass equal to roughly 1.4 × 1030 kg (70 percent of solar mass), totaling to roughly 1.4 × 1052 kg. The 2015 Planck Collaboration report indicates a universal matter ratio of approximately 5.47 parts dark matter to 1 part visible (baryonic) matter. This brings the total estimated matter in the observable universe to approximately 9.1 × 1052 kg. A recent study  of average mass density of intergalactic dust gives a value of approximately 10−30 kg∙m−3. Since this is approximately 1 part intergalactic dust to 1000 parts galactic and perigalactic matter, intergalactic dust does not appreciably modify the estimated total observational mass of matter given above. Accordingly, this observational estimate is remarkably close to the above FSC theoretical calculation of total cosmic mass attributed to positive (i.e., gravitationally attractive) matter. By the FSC Friedmann equations, the positive matter mass-energy is equal in absolute magnitude to the negative (dark) energy at all times. This is a 50/50 percentage ratio as opposed to the approximately 30/70 ratio implied by (yet unproven) cosmic acceleration. However, without proving cosmic acceleration, standard cosmology cannot claim this 30/70 ratio!
This closely approximates the observational cosmic mass density calculation of critical density.
This closely approximates the observational cosmic mass-energy density and the observational vacuum energy density. They are equal in absolute magnitude in FSC.
Given the above background on the validity of FSC as a general relativity cosmological model, the purpose of this paper is to explain how and why the temperature curve in FSC differs slightly from that of the standard cosmology model, and to explain why this may be important in terms of observational studies of the early universe.
2. New Temperature Scaling in Flat Space Cosmology
Using the temperature formulae of FSC assumption 4, and incorporating the Schwarzschild formula and Hubble parameter definition of FSC assumptions 2 and 3, respectively, the following four axis log graph (Figure 1) can be created for the expanding cosmic model.
This graph shows the FSC inter-relationships of the cosmic temperature, cosmic time, total cosmic mass of gravitational matter, and the cosmic Hubble radius. Notice that, while the cosmic Kelvin scale temperature decreases by approximately 30.315 logs of 10 from the Planck scale to the scale of the current observable universe, the parameters represented on the other three axes scale by approximately 60.63 logs of 10. This is in keeping with the following formulae
Figure 1. Flat space cosmology parameters as a function of cosmic time.
derived from the FSC assumptions:
In defining a new cosmological temperature scale (“Universal Temperature” Tu), by Tu = T 2, the Kelvin temperature scale can be converted to a finer scale which also scales by roughly 60.63 logs of 10. Therefore, the T 2R and T 2t formulae above assume the new form of TuR and Tut of the same numerical values. Graphs of Tu as a function of time, radius or total matter mass then become perfectly symmetrical about the x = y (i.e., Tu = t, Tu = R, Tu = M) axis, with the vertical and horizontal axes acting as asymptotes. These graphs are shown below in Figure 2, Figure 3 and Figure 4, respectively.
Thus, the FSC cosmic model can be shown to be finite at any point in time, but unbounded in terms of a beginning time or ending time. And, by incorporating
Figure 2. Universal Temp vs Time.
Figure 3. Universal Temp vs Radius.
Figure 4. Universal Temp vs Mass.
the above new FSC definition of “Universal Temperature” (i.e., Tu = T 2), a new FSC log graph can be presented in Figure 5 below.
While there is complete one-to-one correspondence between the new Tu scale and the T (Kelvin) scale, the symmetry of scaling with Tu is considered to be an attractive feature of this model. This new temperature scaling method will be used in future FSC papers.
3. Kelvin Temperature Scaling in the FSC vs Standard Model
As first reported in the referenced FSC thermal radiation redshift paper [Tatum (2015)], redshift z is related to cosmic temperature by
In standard cosmology, the following formula is used
where TCMB represents the cosmic microwave background radiation temperature  . These temperature vs redshift formulae give temperature curves which reflect the basic differences between FSC and standard cosmology. These show very subtle differences at low non-zero z values, but potentially important differences at high z values. For instance, the temperature differences between these two models may be important with respect to the timing of the “cosmic dawn”
Figure 5. Flat space cosmology parameters as a function of cosmic time.
Figure 6. Kelvin temperature vs cosmic time in standard (blue) and FSC (green) models.
epoch emerging from the “dark age” epoch. Figure 6 shows how these models differ with respect to this transition period as a function of cosmic years after the Big Bang  .
The TR, TG and TS symbols stand for CMB radiation temperature, baryonic gas temperature and spin temperature, respectively. The blue line is the standard model temperature curve and the green line is the FSC temperature curve. The precipitous gas temperature dip is presumed to be triggered by temperature-induced interaction with (colder) dark matter, and it is proposed that this event can be measured by 21 cm radiation redshifted at about z = 20. This proposed beginning event of cosmic dawn is also proposed as ending when the TS and TG values rise back up to TR at a redshift of approximately z = 15. What is notable about the FSC TR curve in comparison to the standard model TR curve is that the FSC model cosmic dawn would start as early as about 20 million years after the Big Bang, as opposed to the proposed beginning of cosmic dawn at about 110 million years after the Big Bang according to the standard model.
If one wishes to compare both models to an even earlier event in cosmic time, consider the “recombination epoch” event which emitted the CMB radiation and is supposed to have happened at the cosmic temperature of 3000 K. The standard model indicates this event to have occurred approximately 380,000 years after the Big Bang, while the FSC model, by Equation (12), indicates this event to have occurred approximately 12,064 years after the Big Bang. Here, of course, one is assuming an operational definition that the Big Bang occurred at the Planck scale. Obviously, an unbounded FSC model does not single out the Planck scale as a “beginning” any more than any other smaller or larger scale.
4. Summary and Conclusions
Temperature scaling is redefined in this paper in terms of a new “Universal Temperature” Tu scale according to Tu = T 2, where T 2 is in K2. This rescaling puts FSC cosmic temperature, time, total matter mass, and Hubble radius on the same scale, covering roughly 60.63 logs of 10 from the Planck scale to the present scale.
Even the larger differences in cosmic temperature vs cosmic time, in the early universe, are fairly small between the FSC and standard cosmological models. However, it is becoming apparent that the farther back in time we look, the more we are surprised to see how early the first stars and galaxies formed. Since new cosmic epochs begin when the falling cosmic temperature reaches some threshold value, the most likely explanation for these recent observational surprises is that the standard model temperature curve as a function of cosmic time is slightly higher than the actual curve. This paper suggests that, because the FSC model temperature/time curve is lower at each stage of cosmic time, FSC may actually be a better fit for the timing of these early cosmic events.
Further observational studies of the behavior of dark matter, particularly with respect to 21 cm scattering interactions with baryonic gas particles [Barkana (2018)], may ultimately prove the superiority of the FSC dynamic dark energy model with respect to the standard cosmology model  .
Dedications and Acknowledgements
Both authors dedicate this paper to Dr. Stephen Hawking and Dr. Roger Penrose for their ground-breaking work on black holes and their possible application to cosmology. Dr. Tatum thanks Dr. Rudolph Schild of the Harvard Center for Astrophysics for his past support and encouragement. Author Seshavatharam UVS is indebted to professors Brahmashri M. NagaphaniSarma, Chairman, Shri K.V. Krishna Murthy, founding Chairman, Institute of Scientific Research in Vedas (I-SERVE), Hyderabad, India, and to Shri K.V.R.S. Murthy, former scientist IICT (CSIR), Govt. of India, Director, Research and Development, I-SERVE, for their valuable guidance and great support in developing this subject.