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The Quantum Vacuum and the Cosmological Constant Problem

Rugh, Svend E. and Zinkernagel, Henrik (2001) The Quantum Vacuum and the Cosmological Constant Problem. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The cosmological constant problem arises at the intersection between general relativity and quantum field theory, and is regarded as a fundamental problem in modern physics. In this paper we describe the historical and conceptual origin of the cosmological constant problem which is intimately connected to the vacuum concept in quantum field theory. We critically discuss how the problem rests on the notion of physically real vacuum energy, and which relations between general relativity and quantum field theory are assumed in order to make the problem well-defined.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Quantum Field Theory; Vacuum; Cosmological Constant
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Henrik Zinkernagel
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2001
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
    Item ID: 398
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/398

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