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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
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Rugh, Svend E.
Zinkernagel, Henrik
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 15:10
Item ID: 398
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/398

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