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The Physics of Cosmic Acceleration

Caldwell, Robert R. and Kamionkowski, Marc (2009) The Physics of Cosmic Acceleration. Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, 59 . pp. 397-429. ISSN 0163-8998.

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The discovery that the cosmic expansion is accelerating has been followed by an intense theoretical and experimental response in physics and astronomy. The discovery implies that our most basic notions about how gravity works are violated on cosmological distance scales. A simple fix is to introduce a cosmological constant into the field equations for general relativity. However, the extremely small value of the cosmological constant, relative to theoretical expectations, has led theorists to explore numerous alternative explanations that involve the introduction of an exotic negative-pressure fluid or a modification of general relativity. Here we review the evidence for cosmic acceleration. We then survey some of the theoretical attempts to account for it, including the cosmological constant, quintessence and its variants, mass-varying neutrinos, and modifications of general relativity. We discuss experimental and observational tests that may allow us to distinguish among some of the theoretical ideas that have been proposed.

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Additional Information:© 2009 by Annual Reviews. First published online as a Review in Advance on June 23, 2009. We thank S. Carroll, A. Erickcek, J. Frieman, T. Smith, and A. Weinstein for useful comments on an earlier draft. This work was supported at Caltech by Department of Energy grant DE-FG03-92-ER40701 and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and at Dartmouth by National Science Foundation grant AST-0349213.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG03-92-ER40701
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Subject Keywords:cosmology; dark energy; particle theory; gravitational theory
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Official Citation:The Physics of Cosmic Acceleration Robert R. Caldwell, Marc Kamionkowski Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science 2009 59, 397-429
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:12 Jan 2010 22:14
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