Relaxation of the Cosomological Constant
Abstract
We present a classical field theory which has a long epoch resembling the Friedmann universe despite the presence of a large negative cosmological constant. In its most plausible realization the model involves a massive thirdrank antisymmetrictensor gauge field. To be consistent with standard cosmology the mass must be extremely small and the only reasonable mechanism for generating it is a semiclassical tunneling effect.
 Publication:

Physical Review Letters
 Pub Date:
 April 1984
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevLett.52.1461
 Bibcode:
 1984PhRvL..52.1461B
 Keywords:

 Big Bang Cosmology;
 Field Theory (Physics);
 Constants;
 Mathematical Models;
 Relativistic Theory;
 Astrophysics;
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 Cosmology;
 Other special classical field theories