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Au/ TDFgg/). Each slice is a different direction on the sky centred on our Galaxy. The survey is around four billion light years across. dark-matter scenario seems to naturally give rise to this sort of pattern of clusters, filaments and sheets and it’s not hard to believe that, at least on large scales where there has not been time for the dark matter and galaxies to segregate, the galaxies trace the underlying dark-matter pattern. If the Universe is mostly filled with dark matter and there is also radiation around from the CMB we can make a simple but significant prediction.
But the pressure of the plasma will cause it to bounce out of the dark-matter halo. On the largest scales there will only be time for this to happen once, before the Universe changes from plasma to free photons and atoms. After this the photons will fly free and spread uniformly across the Universe. However, the baryons will have formed a small shell around the dark-matter halo. The gravitational pull of the baryon shell will pull dark matter into it, producing a dark-matter shell. Eventually, over 26 andrew taylor time, the baryons and dark matter trace out the same distribution of a halo with a small shell surrounding it.
Radiation has not had time to escape from this overdensity, which will then evolve like an isolated universe governed by the local density. The overdense region will not expand as fast as the rest of the Universe and so the overdensity will grow. Now consider a cluster of dark matter whose size is less than the distance light can have travelled since the initial singularity. In the radiation era, the gravitating mass-energy in the cluster is negligible compared to the energy in the radiation. Since the radiation does not interact with dark matter it is able to cross the cluster and escape, and so there is negligible gravitational force in the cluster to make it collapse under its own weight; the cluster does not grow.