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Paper By Albrecht And Skordis

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Posted by Bruce on April 29, 2001 06:46:25 UTC

I read the Sci American article and have been meaning to look for more details wrt this idea.
Look at this list of papers. Albrecht and Skordis paper is #253.
Link to Albrecht and Skordis paper

"Albrecht and graduate student Constantinos Skordis came up with a class of energy
functions, or "potentials," for the quintessence field that uses only parameters made from
simple combinations of fundamental constants of nature: h (Planck's constant), c (the
speed of light), and G (the gravitational constant). They showed that, long after the big
bang, such a field can suddenly become dominant over other matter and energy in the
Universe and spur on a phase of accelerating expansion. The exponential form of the
potentials also happens to match recent results from the world of superstring theory,
suggesting what might be its first direct connection with cosmology."

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