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Keywords:

  • Cosmology;
  • cosmic topology.

Abstract

It has generally been thought that in perturbed Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker models of the Universe, global topology should not have any feedback effects on dynamics. However, a weak-field limit heuristical argument, assuming a finite particle horizon for the transmission of gravitational signals, shows that a residual acceleration effect can occur. The nature of this effect differs algebraically between different constant curvature 3-manifolds. This potentially provides a selection mechanism for the 3-manifold of comoving space.