Recent data on supernovae favour high values of the cosmological constant. Spacetimes with a cosmological constant have non-relativistic kinematics quite different from Galilean kinematics. de Sitter spacetimes, vacuum solutions of Einstein's equations with a cosmological constant, reduce in the non-relativistic limit to Newton-Hooke spacetimes, which are non-metric homogeneous spacetimes with non-vanishing curvature. The whole non-relativistic kinematics would then be modified, with possible consequences to cosmology, and in particular to the missing-mass problem.
Classical and Quantum Gravity
- Pub Date:
- February 1999
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- 15 pages, RevTeX, no figures, major changes in the presentation which includes a new title and a whole new emphasis, version to appear in Clas. Quant. Grav