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Is it possible to directly test whether of not the vacuum gravitates?

According to GR, all sources of stress-energy (e.g. everything on the $T_{\mu\nu}$ side of the EFE) should gravitate (e.g. affect the curvature/$G_{\mu\nu}$ side of the EFE). We observe the expansion ...
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Difference between Cosmologial Constant and Quantum Vacuum State

Hello I am very new to cosmology and quantum physics. I need some basic understanding (in Layman's term) of the Difference between Cosmological Constant and Quantum Vacuum. Cosmological Constant is, ...
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Are dark energy and zero-point energy the same thing?

According to Quantum Mechanics is it possible that the famous "dark energy" and "zero-point energy" are the same thing that drives the accelerated expansion of the universe or maybe related to each ...
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Locality, unitarity & vacuum energy

I've read in a set of lecture notes that the requirement of locality and unitarity in QFT imply that the vacuum must have a non-zero energy associated with it (http://arxiv.org/abs/1502.05296 , top of ...
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Does general relativity entail singularities if there's a positive cosmological constant?

I've heard that Hawking and Penrose proved that general relativity entails singularities. But it says in the abstract of what seems to be the paper in which they proved it (The Singularities of ...
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The fate of Poincaré recurrence with the Big Rip

Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the media about the "Big Rip". It most certainly resulted from the paper by Marcelo M. Disconzi and Thomas W. Kephart where they have figured out a ...
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Cosmological constants

I've heard that the cosmological constant is 0.[123 more zeros] and then a 1 [in some units]. Does that means that it used to be exactly zero? Is the value of this constant changing or is it fixed at ...
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How to find de Sitter and almost de Sitter solutions in (super)string theory

From Cosmology, we have learned that we live in an almost de Sitter (positively accelerated!) Universe. It seems that dS space solutions in superstring/theory are problematic and there are some no-go ...
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Cosmological Constant on the LHS of Einstein's Field Equation

The cosmological constant seems to be normally described as an energy (repulsive force, Dark Energy) of Space-Time. I was just wondering, if we were to interpret the cosmological constant as being ...
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How do you calculate perihelion precession in the general spherically symmetric space time?

I am trying to find the approximate solution of the differential equation obtained for the the motion of massive particle around Riessner-Nordstrom-AdS solution, equation and its solution are given in ...
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DGP brane world model

In the DGP brane world model, accelerating expansion is due to the leakage of gravity into the bulk which gets rid of the dark energy. But why do they introduce the cosmological constant or scalar ...
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Why are anti-de Sitter spaces so interesting when we believe the universe is expansionary?

Perhaps this is a naive question, but in my recent (admittedly limited) readings about AdS spaces, I keep wondering why they seem to be such a hotbed for theoretical research (AdS/CFT correspondence, ...
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What are the zero point energy densities of the individual quantum fields?

I'm reading through "General Relativity - An Introduction for Physicists", by Hobson, Efstathiou, and Lasenby, and I have a question regarding one of the statements related to the cosmological ...
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Deriving General Expression for Total Density Parameter

I'm trying to derive an expression for the total density parameter of the universe, where $\Omega_0=1.001$, as a function of the scalefactor $a$.The expression should be for a universe with curvature, ...
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Connection between the cosmological constant $\Lambda$ and the cutoff scale $\Lambda$

I'm trying to understand the connection between the $\Lambda$ from cosmology and the $\Lambda$ from QFT. Cosmology: The cosmological constant enters the Einstein equations. In the special case of the ...
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Do the laws of physics evolve?

Hubble's constant $a(t)$ appears to be changing over time. The fine stucture constant $\alpha$, like many others in QFT, is a running constant that varies, proportional to energy being used to measure ...
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Cosmological constant theories

Are there any hypotheses on the expansion of the universe, which have a cosmological constant, or some other parameter, that results in a universe with an ever increasing rate of acceleration for the ...
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Relation between $\Lambda$ and $\Omega_\Lambda$ in $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$

In minimal $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$, there is a parameter labeled $\Omega_\Lambda$, and current fits place it at around $\left( \Omega_\Lambda \sim 0.73\right)$. Meanwhile, $\Lambda$ enters the Einstein ...
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Negative pressure, tension, and energy conditions

We have lots of common everyday experience with positive pressure, the canonical example is a gas. But other examples of positive pressure are easy to imagine: for instance, a solid that gets ...
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What are the differences between dark energy and a cosmological constant?

My possibly mistaken understanding is that dark energy changes with time, whereas a cosmological constant is, well, constant. What about gravitational clumping? Detecting relative motion?
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How can we know that virtual particles exist everywhere in space and not just locally around individual particles our are universe as a whole?

The metaphor of virtual particles that inhabit all of space is used to explain quantum fluctuations. This ceases to be just a metaphor due to the effects of gravity as clumps of any energy (not just ...
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Is there any paper analyzing the validity of Relativity in expanding space? [duplicate]

Big Bang models result from applying Relativity equations to expanding space; however, as Einstein noted, Relativity was not established in expanding space. A basic question arises: is Relativity ...
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Does the Casimir effect give the correct value for Dark Energy?

My understanding is that the Casimir Effect is caused by vacuum energy. Quantum mechanics (QED) predicts vacuum energy, but gets the value grossly wrong, by a factor of $10^{120}$. On the other hand, ...
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Why do scientists use a different method from redshift to find the distance of distant galaxies?

The method I am referring to is measuring the brightness of a super nova. Does the redshift method even work at that distance and if it doesn't why not? If it does work why do they prefer to use the ...
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Would cosmological redshift be present in the following situation?

I'm trying to understand if cosmological redshift is just a secondary form of doppler redshift, or something else entirely. Suppose the two galaxies in the picture are receding from each other, but ...
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Expanding universe as predicted by the Einstein Field Equation

Without the cosmological constant, the Einstein field equation predicts the universe is expanding. Why is that? It is counter-intuitive because generally gravity should pull things closer and shrink ...
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Why is the cosmological constant a scalar?

Maybe my understanding is just off, but the cosmological constant is just a scalar, right? What are it's units? Why a scalar? - was a tensor 'cosmological constant' ever considered or is it just not ...
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Why is it so hard to find out the sign of the cosmological constant?

Correct me if I am wrong (it is in fact part of my question :) ) but from the little I know about the cosmological constant, growing existing evidence is still insufficient to tell whether $\Lambda$ ...
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Does spacetime have a “mass” value? or What is “Spacetime” made out of?

When measuring the MASS within the Universe, does "space" or "spacetime" have a value? I only ask, because when speaking of expansion, space is expanding. Could it be possible, to reverse the ...
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Effect of cosmological constant on time

The cosmological constant is introduced in Einstein equations in the form : $G_{\mu\nu} = T_{\mu\nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu\nu}$, as I understand it, shouldn't the term $\Lambda g_{\mu\nu}$ have effects on ...
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Can Einstein's constant explain expansion?

I read somewhere that Einstein or Newton believed that the universe was completely static, where it neither expanded nor contracted, but simply remained fixed. It was concluded that due to attraction ...
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how is cosmological constant used in equations? [closed]

People say that they use cosmological constant in an equation to remove a non required value. For example, the cosmological constant $\Lambda$ appears in Einstein's field equation in the form of: $$ ...
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Are modified theories of gravity credible?

I'm a statistician with a little training in physics and would just like to know the general consensus on a few things. I'm reading a book by John Moffat which basically tries to state how GR makes ...
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Cosmological constant (positive, dS) as SUSY/supertring issue

The "almost" de Sitter expansion of current cosmological model implies a puzzle for supersymmetry (SUSY) and also for string theory. A positive value of the cosmological constant implies a non-null ...
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Leonard Susskind said that the small value of the cosmological constant could mean that the universe is much bigger than we thought. Why?

He said that near the beginning of this Youtube video that it could mean that the universe is much bigger than he had thought that it was, and that the cosmological constant wasn't even a constant. I ...
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If non-zero cosmological constant interpreted as a repulsive field, what would be the properties of this field's quanta?

If non-zero cosmological constant interpreted as a repulsive field, what would be the properties of the excitation of such field, i.e. the particle which serves as the field's quantum? What would be ...
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A question on the Bousso-Polchinski paper

In this famous paper by Bousso and Polchinski, Quantization of Four-form Fluxes and Dynamical Neutralization of the Cosmological Constant an example in M-theory compactification is given in section ...
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Object that causes spacetime to expand?

Is there any thing that will cause spacetime to expand, so that particles are pushed away from them rather than pulled towards it. I know things such as black holes and planets causes dips and curve ...
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Can the cosmological constant change with time?

This post is a specialization of the post: Can the proportion of dark energy change? Can the cosmological constant change with time? If so, is there a measurement of this evolution up to now, ...
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Cosmological constant doubts

I have read about cosmological constant given by einstein in universe in nutshell as well as in general and special relativity. But still I am not able to understand the aim to use it or to introduce ...
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Cosmological constant vs. quintessence scalar field

I understand the basic idea of these two concepts, but I have question about what they really "are" (a little hard for me to put into words). When one talks about the cosmological constant, it seems ...
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Cosmological constant of standard model of cosmology and observational data

I am curious whether the current Lambda-CDM model of cosmology matches well with observational data, especially expansion of the universe. How well does Lambda-CDM defend its established status from ...
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What is the mass of the universe?

Working with a flat and infinite model of the universe (which seems to be the most popular serious model these days), the density of the universe is 3e-28 kg/m^3 [1]. When added to the cosmological ...
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On Flatness problem, Inflation etc

I have a couple of naive questions from the topic of the title. We know \begin{eqnarray} \Omega-1=\frac{k}{a^2H^2}-\frac{\Lambda}{3H^2} \end{eqnarray} Now I read that from the standard big bang ...
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Expansion of the Universe: Conversion of gravitational potential energy to kinetic energy?

Suppose there is an object floating in space which over time begins to fall toward the source of a gravitational field. As it falls, its motion happens to be such that it gets locked in orbit around ...
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Vacuum energy extraction: What happens to the cosmological constant?

If the vacuum energy is extracted, then what will happen to the cosmological constant? Will it remain the same? .
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What prediction led to the vacuum catastrophe?

The disagreement between predicted and measured energy density of the vacuum is one of the great unsolved problems of science. According to this book the predicted energy density was obtained as ...
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Why does dark energy produce positive space-time curvature?

My understanding is that dark energy, or equivalently a positive cosmological constant, is accelerating the expansion of the universe and I have read that this gives empty space-time positive ...
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Vacuum energy: black hole evaporation and cosmology - a discrepancy?

Black hole evaporation is a result of calculating the expectation value of the stress-energy tensor of the state of the vacuum in certain spacetimes and then making a plausibility argument as to the ...