Plasma Universe / Big Bang comparison

Plasma astrophysicists investigate a wide range of astrophysical phenomena. Many apply their expertise to some of the latest topics in astrophysics, such as the Standard Cosmology, black holes, active galaxies nuclei, neutron stars and dark matter.

Other plasma physicists such as Hannes Alfvén, and others, took a different view, which is compared in the table below.

Plasma Universe Big Bang model
General approach Empirical: Application of known laboratory physics only Known physics and “new” physics
(Empirical and hypothetical)
Plasma description “Real” plasma:
Magnetic & electric description
MHD and non-MHD
(approximates a real plasma)
Ideal fluid MHD Magnetohydrodynamics
Dominant force Electromagnetic for smaller charged particles,
gravity for larger ones. See Gravito-electrodynamics
Electric currents
Birkeland currents
Prevalent in all cosmic plasma
Atmosphere, Stellar, Interplanetary,
Interstellar, Intergalactic
Atmospheric Birkeland currents
Cosmic electric circuits Yes
All electric currents follow Kirchhoff’s circuit laws
“Invisible” energy transfer Yes: via circuits No
Double layers Prevalent Limited
Filamentation Pinched currents (Bennett pinch) Magnetic?
Particle beams Prevalent Perhaps?
Galaxy formation Interacting Birkeland currents
Electromagnetic and gravity
Gravity and dark matter
Electric chemical separation Yes: “Marklund convection No
Star formation Plasma pinch aids accretion Gravitational accretion disk
Synchrotron radiation Electric fields Black holes, gravity
Cosmology Plasma cosmology Standard cosmology
Big Bang Not known Yes
Black holes No Yes
Pulsar “Magnetospheric transmission line system” (See pulsar) Neutron star
Neutron stars No Yes
Dark matter No Yes
Dark energy No Yes
Magnetic reconnection Pedagogic tool describing how magnetic field lines re-orientate, but field lines do not break, nor cause phenomena Yes
Redshift Intrinsic contribution,
eg.: Plasma redshift, Wolf effect
No intrinsic redshift
  Cosmological redshift (inflation)  

Note: Items in red require ad hoc “new physics”, ie, physics never seen before in the laboratory.

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