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Is the Zero-Point Energy Real?

Saunder, Simon (2002) Is the Zero-Point Energy Real? [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    I consider the arguments to show that the vacuum energy density should receive a large contribution from the zero-point energy. This is the cosmological constant problem, as it was originally framed. I suggest that the matter is interpretation-dependent, and that on certain approaches to foundations, notably Everett's, the problem is a formal one, rather than one based on physical principles.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: vacuum, zero-point energy, quantum field theory
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Depositing User: simon saunders
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 2013
    Public Domain: No
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2013

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