Natural Ultraviolet Cutoffs in Expanding Space-Times

Conference Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2006 (All day) to Friday, September 8, 2006 (All day)

 

The question of how to describe a natural ultraviolet cutoff in an expanding space-time is of significance in several respects. First, it concerns the fate of general covariance in the presence of a natural UV cutoff. Second, it concerns the continued generating of degrees of freedom through expansion, which carries with it the possibility of an associated generating of vacuum energy. Finally, through inflation, a natural ultraviolet cutoff may have left observable imprints in the CMB.