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The Cosmological Constant and Brane Nucleation – Jonathan Feng

Date: Fri. April 20th, 2001, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

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.

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