Seminars & Colloquia Calendar
A novel account for the nature and magnitude of the Dark Energy
Daniel Sudarsky - National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Location: Hill 705
Date & time: Thursday, 08 August 2019 at 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Abstract: I will discuss some ideas about the interface between the quantum and gravitational realms, and the emergence of spacetime itself, which led us to specific speculations about the way in which anticipated discrete aspects of quantum gravity might become manifest at the
macroscopic level. We then will discuss an alternative description of gravitation, initially explored by Einstein, and known as Unimodular Gravity, which can, under suitable conditions, incorporate such novel effects. The result is a mechanism for the generation an effective cosmological constant, that turns out to be naturally of the same order of magnitude as that dictated by observations. If this turns out to be correct, the empirical case for the presence of a dominant dark energy component in the present day universe would turn out to be the first concrete evidence of a discreetness in the fabric of space-time.
Based on “Dark energy from quantum gravity discreteness ”, A. Perez & D.
Sudarsky. arXiv:1711.05183 [gr-qc] Phys Rev Lett. 122, 221302 (2019).