"Vacuum Energy" paper
Date: Monday, February 26, 2007 @ 22:35:45 GMT
Topic: Science

by Mark D. Roberts (April 11, 2004)

Abstract: There appears to be three, perhaps related, ways of approaching the nature of vacuum energy. The first is to say that it is just the lowest energy state of a given, usually quantum, system. The second is to equate vacuum energy with the Casimir energy. The third is to note that an energy difference from a complete vacuum might have some long range effect, typically this energy difference is interpreted as the cosmological constant. All three approaches are reviewed, with an emphasis on recent work.

It is hoped that this review is comprehensive in scope. There is a discussion on whether there is a relation between vacuum energy and inertia.

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