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Is the Zero-Point Energy Real?

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


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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
Saunder, Simon
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 15:12
Item ID: 2013
Public Domain: No

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