Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual

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Cosmology and the Quantum Vacuum

2014, Sep 07 -- Sep 13

M. Asorey (U. Zaragoza)
E. Elizalde (ICE/CSIC, Barcelona)
S. Odintsov (ICE/CSIC, Barcelona)


The Workshop will focus on different aspects of present day Theoretical Cosmology which appear to be related with the properties of the Quantum Vacuum. A question along that line which has been considered by many influential physicists during over fifty years is: Why we do not see vacuum fluctuations at cosmological scale? Now we have indeed detected an acceleration in the cosmic expansion which could be most easily understood as a vacuum effect (dark energy), but the numbers do not match by many orders of magnitude. Alternative approaches to this problem involve cosmological models which modify the Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian by adding terms of higher order in the curvature. Terms of this kind should probably be there, since they appear in most attempts of calculating quantum corrections to General Relativity.

The Workshop is open to related topics. This includes:

1. Cosmological models: modified gravities, f(R) theories and the like, non-local models.
2. Quantum vacuum effects: quantum fluctuations, implications in cosmology. Casimir effect in brane models.
3. The cosmological constant problem.
4. Mathematical physics techniques for quantum vacuum studies.

Call for participations

Abstract submission should be done through here.

* Abstracts files should be in pdf format
* The use of grhapics in the abstract is optional.
* You have to be registered before abstract submission

Conference fee

The registration fee of 250 will be paid upon arrival at the conference. It includes transportation from Barcelona, and conference dinner.

Further Information.

This session has received financial support from the following institutions:

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  • Ministerio de educación y ciencia
  • Ayuntamiento de Benasque
  • Gobierno de Aragón
  • Universidad de Zaragoza


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