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The Accelerating Universe: Landscape or Modified Gravity? – Sergei Dubovsky

Date: Tue. January 15th, 2008, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

The most remarkable recent discovery in fundamental physics is that the Universe is undergoing accelerated expansion. To achieve a proper understanding of its physical origin forces us to make a hard choice between dynamical and enviromental scenarios. The first approach predicts the existence of a new long distance physics in the gravitational sector, while the second relies on the existence of the vast landscape of vacua with different values of the cosmological constant. I will discuss achievements and shortcomings of each of the approaches, and illustrate them in the concrete examples.

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