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Meaning of the simplest potential of quintessence models. Fields in denominator?

I am reading Sec. 1.12 of the Cosmology book by Weinberg. In this section he explains the very simple model of quintessence which attempts to provide a dynamical explanation of the smallness of the ...
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A Universal Upper Limit on Mass Within a Radius $R$?

Since the universe has a positive cosmological constant, there is an upper limit on the mass of the black holes as evident from the so-called Schwarzschild-de Sitter metric: $ds^2 = -f(r)dt^2 + \...
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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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Negative temperature of the de-Sitter horizon?

I'm considering the $4D$ de-Sitter spacetime, in static coordinates (I'm using $c = 1$ and $k_{\text{B}} = 1$): \begin{equation}\tag{1} ds^2 = (1 - \frac{\Lambda}{3} \, r^2) \, dt^2 - \frac{1}{1 - \...
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Why should LTB dust be comoving?

In many research papers about inhomogeneous cosmology, one often considers spherically symmetric (LTB) spacetimes where in the co-ordinate frame $(t,r,\theta,\varphi)$ wherein the metric assumes the ...
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Cosmological constant phase transition?

I recently watched at a talk by Cumrum Vafa in which he stated that the cosmological constant allows us to define a time-scale $T_\Lambda=1/\sqrt{E_\Lambda}$. The time scale of this time is about 10¹¹ ...
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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 (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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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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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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Entropy of de-Sitter spacetime and the $10^{120}$ vacuum discrepency

While doing some lazy calculations, I came across a curiosity that I'm unable to interpret. It is well known that the cosmological constant $\Lambda \sim 10^{-52}~\mathrm{m^{-2}}$ is usually ...
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Inflation and dark energy have constant energy density - energy is created out of nothing without any source or mechanism?

I can understand that a photon in an expanding universe can be redshifted and lose its energy by its wavelength being stretched from space expansion. But in the case of inflation and dark energy, it ...
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Cosmological constant problem and dark matter theory by Henke

Christian Henke has recently proposed one approach for the solution of the cosmological constant problem and of the dark matter dynamics: Quantum vacuum energy in general relativity Abstract: The ...
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Why is Weinberg's prediction of omega sub lambda ($\Omega_{\Lambda}$) other than sophisiticated tautology?

I am not a physicist, but I do have a background in engineering (EE and computer science) and have followed physics and cosmology on a primarily conceptual basis for many years. I have looked at ...
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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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Finding de-Sitter Schwarzschild Metric

Given the metric in Schwarzschild coordinates $$d s^{2}=-e^{2 \Phi(r)} d t^{2}+e^{2 \Lambda(r)} d r^{2}+r^{2} d \Omega^{2}$$ and a vacuum Einstein equation with cosmological constant given by: $$G_{...
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Is there cosmic background radiation in de Sitter space?

This is a simple question of understanding. Would a de Sitter universe show cosmic background radiation? (After all, it is often explained said that our universe is similar to a de Sitter universe.) ...
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General covariance and a running cosmological constant

A running cosmological constant $\Lambda(t)$ can always be included in the perfect fluid source tensor. By the transformation properties of tensors Einstein's field equation is still independent of ...
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Fiber manifold Ricci flat, physical meaning

In a warped-product spacetime, what a physical meaning we have for Ricci-flat Fiber? I'll explain.. it is well known that a Ricci-flat spacetime means that the cosmological constant need not vanish, ...
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What kind of average could give a Lorentz invariant energy-momentum tensor?

The electromagnetic (EM) radiation energy-momentum tensor is of the following shape, in the case of incoherent superposition of EM plane waves (I'm using $c = 1$ to simplify things, and metric ...
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Natural classification of fundamental constants of Nature

I was wondering about the fundamental constants of Nature since several years, and still pondering on them. Of course, I have read a lot of papers on them, but never found any satisfying ...
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Is cosmological constant some kind of field that permeates all of space?

One simplest candidate for dark energy is a cosmological constant. Is cosmological constant some kind of field that permeates all of space, or is it just some kind of energy stored in space?
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How can energy density (of the same sign) have opposite effects on the curvature of the universe?

Actually I have been inspired by the post Why does dark energy produce positive space-time curvature? to ask the following question. In difference to the just cited post I will take the pressure out ...
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What if Dark Matter is Majorana Fermion?

Few reasons to believe Dark Matter is Majorana fermion: https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.03877: second contra argument by Jordan and Pauli. "A non vanishing zero-point energy of elementary fields should ...
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Does the cosmological constant solve the flatness of the Universe with 2 independent methods?

First. The universe is flat and not negativity curved because whatever dark energy is made from represented by the cosmological constant adds to the side of the density in the first Friedman equation: ...
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Generalising a finding in Kaluza-Klein theory to extra spatial dimensions in super string theory a correct method?

As a disclaimer I am an A-level student. I have been doing a research project in which I am looking at manipulating space-time through the ideas provided by superstring theories. I stumbled upon the ...
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Does anything exist outside of space?

I was doing a little poking around about just what is a massless particle and what that means when I came across this paragraph: If we hop in a spaceship that can go 90% the speed of light, we are ...
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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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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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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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Has unnaturalness motivated new ideas in physics?

The cosmological constant problem arises because the natural scale of the cosmological constant is $10^{120}$ times larger than what we observe. This implies that the dimensionless constant is much ...
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Could the cosmological constant be due to vacuum fluctuations in a box, i.e., in a finite universe?

Assumption: If the universe were a finite box whose boundary is the cosmological horizon, then there would be a zero-point energy inside that box. Consequence 1: This zero-point energy would be given ...
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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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Can you cancel the Large Vacuum Energy with a weird Scalar Field?

Something like the Chameleon field which gives a density dependent potential which in turn contributes to the vacuum energy. Is there a room to wiggle to modify it so all possible vacuum energies will ...
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Fine-tuning of the cosmological constant (reference request)

It has been claimed in various places on the internet and in books by non-physicists (i.e. by unqualified people) that if the cosmological constant $\Lambda$ had a value different by so much as $10^{-...
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What do the terms attractive and repulsive gravity mean in Einstein's GR?

What does the jargon repulsive gravity mean in Einstein's GR or even attractive gravity in the same framework? The notions of attractive and/or repulsive only makes sense, or at least we are ...
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Quintessential models for dark energy

Following Sean Carroll here There are good reasons to consider dynamical dark energy as an alternative to an honest cosmological constant. First, a dynamical energy density can be evolving slowly ...
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Intergalactic medium and cosmic expansion

Presumably, the intergalactic medium (IGM) should get less dense as the universe expands. Also presumably, There should be a Hubble redshift to absorption lines due to the IGM. Could this provide ...
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How come the universe is considered flat if zero point energy is infinite?

If quantum field theory calculates that the vacuum energy is infinite and Einstein's theory of gravity implies this energy should produce a curvature of space-time then why shouldn't the universe be ...
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Justification for “running” cosmological constant

I am looking for papers which seek out to justify that the cosmological "constant" could be time-dependent. I am aware that within the framework of GR the cosmological constants really has to be a ...
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How does the cosmological constant dominate cold matter perturbations?

I have been studying inhomogeneous universe in physical cosmology, whereupon I arrive at cold matter perturbations which are dominated by various background fluids. I understood the solutions for the ...
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Friedmann equations and the age of the universe

We have Friedmann equations of the form \begin{equation} \left(\frac{a'}{a}\right)^2 = \frac{8\pi G}{3}\rho + \frac{\Lambda}{3}. \end{equation} We also assume that the stress-energy tensor has $T^{00} ...
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Is the acceleration of the expansion of the universe caused by expansion of spacetime itself?

When considering the accelerating expansion of the universe, it is often stated that dark energy is required to cause acceleration of expansion in order to overcome the pull of gravity. However, it ...
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What is the relationship between the Cosmological Constant and the Cosmological Principle?

I believe I've misunderstood a relationship between the cosmological constant and the cosmological principle having read: Einstein introduces his cosmological constant which attributes, in the ...
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How accurate is the De Sitter solution of the Einstein field equations of general relativity?

The De sitter solution models the universe as spatially flat, neglecting ordinary matter, such that it is dominated by the cosmological constant. The cosmological constant notion arguably suggests the ...
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Does Higgs Boson influences with Gravity?

Does Higgs Boson influences with Gravity? Is there any way that if the universe is expanding Higgs particle has influence over it?
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Trying to make some sense of the cosmological constant

The question is simple: Does the naive reasoning below have some physical sense, or is it pure gibberish junk? (I use $c = 1$ and metric signature $\eta = (1, -1, -1, -1)$) I suppose that the ...
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What conceivable connection is there between the cosmological constant and radius of the Universe?

You probably noticed that the radius of the (observable) Universe in Planck lengths $R$ (about $10^{60}$) and the cosmological constant $\Lambda$ (about $10^{-120}$) in natural units obey ...
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The theoretical calculation underlying the cosmological constant problem

The electroweak vacuum energy density is $10^{120}$ times larger than the currently observed value of the dark energy. I have two questions in regard to this statement. $\bullet$ Firstly, what are ...
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The universe is speeding up?

I just watched a show on spacetime. In the show they said that the universe's expansion is speeding up instead of slowing down. They said it had to do with dark energy. I was wondering if you could ...