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One void, many voids, Swiss Cheese and no Dark Energy

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In cosmology, the evidence for Dark Energy may be striking, but there still is a good number of reasons to consider alternative explanations for the cosmological observations. The first convincing evidence for Dark Energy (DE) came from the observed distances to supernovae. I will point out in what ways one can explain the supernovae without DE, and I will focus on one particular model that does so: the Swiss-Cheese universe, which is filled with voids and intermediate homogeneous matter. I will show how the Swiss-Cheese toy model reveals severe difficulties for the inhomogeneous universe to explain away DE, because of its implications for the observed Cosmic Microwave Background. I will also briefly discuss the closely related class of models, in which we live in one local void in an otherwise homogeneous universe.

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