Jeremy Sakstein, UPenn

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Jeremy Sakstein, UPenn

February 11, 2019
2:10 PM - 3:10 PM
Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th Floor

Superfluids and the Cosmological Constant Problem

The observation that the cosmic expansion is accelerating suggests that the value of the cosmological constant is meV-scale. From a theoretical perspective, this value is fine-tuned, and the expectation is that it should be much larger. In this talk, I will describe recent progress towards resolving this "cosmological constant problem". In this proposal, the Universe is pervaded by a superfluid that can counteract the effects of an arbitrary cosmological constant. The superfluid can equivalently be viewed as a sector of Lorentz-violating massive gravity. I will explain how to construct stable theories, and their potential observational phenomenology. I will conclude by presenting some recent progress in constructing realistic cosmological models.