PIRSA:C09010 - New Prospects for Solving the Cosmological Constant Problem - 2009PODCAST Subscribe to podcast

The `Cosmological Constant Problem’ is one of most outstanding problems in theoretical physics. It is a significant theme of many current areas of research, both at theoretical level, and at the experimental level, via the increasing observational evidence for dark energy. However, the way researchers address this problem varies tremendously between different scientific communities. The principal aim of this workshop is to bring together leading researchers in neighboring fields, to reach a common understanding of the nature of the problem, and to share the tools used in addressing it. In parallel, this workshop aims at understanding how the different directions in solving the Cosmological Constant Problem are related as well as searching for genuinely new approaches to tackle the question.

Organizer(s): Niayesh Afshordi   Claudia de Rham   Ghazal Geshnizjani  

Collection URL: http://pirsa.org/C09010

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The Cosmological Constant Problem and Extra Dimensions
Speaker(s): Cliff Burgess
Abstract: TBA
Date: 25/05/2009 - 9:00 am

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6D Brane Models and their Perturbations
Speaker(s): Susha Parameswaran
Abstract: Models with two supersymmetric large extra dimensions (SLED) may provide a way to approach both the cosmological constant problem and dark energy. After reviewing these ideas, I shall discuss warped brane world solutions in 6D supergravity, as a laboratory in which to explore SLED and codimension ... read more
Date: 25/05/2009 - 10:00 am

PIRSA:09050070  ( MP4 Medium Res , MP3 , PDF ) Which Format?
Inflation on a codimension-two brane
Speaker(s): Hyun Min Lee
Abstract: We consider a codimension-2 brane inflation scenario in a warped flux compactification of 6D gauged supergravity. The volume modulus of the model is stabilized by means of potentials localized on the regularized background branes. We discuss the cosmological evolution of the world-volum... read more
Date: 25/05/2009 - 11:15 am

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Infrared Modification of Gravity with Dynamical Torsion
Abstract: Theories of gravity having connection as an independent dynamical variable can have a massive spin -2 particle together with the massless graviton in their spectrum. We study the potentiality of such models as a consistent infrared modification of gravity. It will be shown that these models are free... read more
Date: 25/05/2009 - 12:00 pm

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Phenomenological Connections between Particle Physics and Dark Energy
Speaker(s): Daniel Chung
Abstract: I explore possible connections between the Higgs sector and dark energy
Date: 25/05/2009 - 2:00 pm

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Positive and Negative Energy Symmetry and the Cosmological Constant Problem
Speaker(s): John Moffat
Abstract: The Hamiltonian for the quantized gravitational and matter fields contains both positive and negative energy particle contributions, which leads through a positive and negative energy symmetry of the vacuum to a cancellation of the zero-point vacuum energy and a vanishing cosmological constant in th... read more
Date: 25/05/2009 - 2:45 pm

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LHC, ILC, and Quintessence
Speaker(s): Lisa Everett
Abstract: TBA
Date: 25/05/2009 - 4:00 pm

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Cyclic Universe
Speaker(s): Neil Turok
Abstract: TBA
Date: 25/05/2009 - 4:45 pm

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Where in the String Landscape is Quintessence.
Speaker(s): Nemanja Kaloper
Abstract: I will make the case that the Bousso-Polchinski landscape may contain quintessential corners.
Date: 26/05/2009 - 9:30 am

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Dilution of the Cosmological Constant: Higher Codimension Branes and Higher Curvature Terms
Speaker(s): Alberto Iglesias
Abstract: TBA
Date: 26/05/2009 - 10:45 am

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