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Apr 20, 2001 , Seminar

Jonathan Feng, MIT, Center for Theoretical Physics

The Cosmological Constant and Brane Nucleation

Present observations favor a small but positive cosmological term. Recent theoretical developments suggest the possibility of fundamental brane degrees of freedom. If these branes are coupled to a three-index gauge field, brane nucleation may neutralize a large cosmological constant, much as pair creation neutralizes an electric field. I consider the possibility that the present cosmological term is the end result of a series of such nucleations.
Host: CWRU Physics Department