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Title: How to hide a cosmological constant

Abstract

Naive calculations in quantum field theory suggest that vacuum fluctuations should induce an enormous cosmological constant. Furthermore, what if these estimates are right? I argue that even a huge cosmological constant might be hidden in Planck-scale fluctuations of geometry and topology — what Wheeler called “spacetime foam” — while remaining virtually invisible macroscopically.

Authors:
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  1. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
OSTI Identifier:
1595538
Grant/Contract Number:  
[FG02-91ER40674]
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Modern Physics D
Additional Journal Information:
[ Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 14]; Journal ID: ISSN 0218-2718
Publisher:
World Scientific
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; quantum gravity; cosmological constant; spacetime foam

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Carlip, Steven. How to hide a cosmological constant. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1142/S0218271819430041.
Carlip, Steven. How to hide a cosmological constant. United States. doi:10.1142/S0218271819430041.
Carlip, Steven. Wed . "How to hide a cosmological constant". United States. doi:10.1142/S0218271819430041.
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