# Inflation

The theory of inflation predicts that the density parameter *Omega*
is equal to one.
Any deviations from one at the epoch of inflation can be visualized as
a slight curvature of space which gets smoothed out as the universe expands by
a large factor among the inflationary epoch. One can translate the
*Omega* parameter which measures mass density in terms of the critical
value into a mass-to-light ratio by dividing the critical density by
the observed luminosity density of an average (and large) volume of the
universe. The result is that the mass-to-light ratio equals 1500*Omega*.
In other words, if *Omega=1*, one needs a mass-to-light ratio of 1500
to close the universe, far greater than is observed.
Alternatively, if we adopt the mass-to-light ratio measured on large scales
of 300 as being a universal value, we would conclude that *Omega=0.2*.
If inflation theory is correct, one can only reconcile observation and theory
if the bulk of the dark matter is uniformly distributed over scales up to
10 Mpc. In this case, it would not have shown up in dynamical measurements,
which only sample the clumped component of the mass density.

Joe Silk