24-28 June 2019
Europe/Zurich timezone
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O(D,D) completion of the Friedmann equations

25 Jun 2019, 15:15
500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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Stephen Angus (IBS Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe)


String theory suggests a unique and unambiguous augmentation of General Relativity, in which the entire closed-string massless NS-NS sector is promoted to stringy graviton fields. O(D,D) T-duality then uniquely fixes the coupling of this 'Stringy Gravity' to other matter, leading to a generalization of Einstein's equations with an enhanced energy-momentum tensor. In this talk I will explore the resulting cosmological implications and show that this yields an enriched framework beyond typical string cosmology, with solutions characterized by two equation-of-state parameters (w,\lambda) rather than one (w). This includes a line in parameter space where GR-like solutions with constant dilaton are admitted for any w. However, while apparently present on the GR line, there is no de Sitter solution arising from an O(D,D)-symmetric cosmological constant or scalar field with positive energy density, suggesting that de Sitter may simply be an artefact of GR and belong to the swampland.

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