The quantum vacuum and the cosmological constant problem
Abstract
The cosmological constant problem arises at the intersection between general relativity and quantum field theory, and is regarded as a fundamental problem in modern physics. In this paper, we describe the historical and conceptual origin of the cosmological constant problem which is intimately connected to the vacuum concept in quantum field theory. We critically discuss how the problem rests on the notion of physically real vacuum energy, and which relations between general relativity and quantum field theory are assumed in order to make the problem welldefined.
 Publication:

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
 Pub Date:
 2002
 DOI:
 10.1016/S13552198(02)000333
 Bibcode:
 2002SHPMP..33..663R