On the problem of vacuum energy in brane theories

Ilya Gurwich, Shimon Rubin, Aharon Davidson

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We point out that modern brane theories suffer from a severe vacuum energy problem. To be specific, the Casimir energy associated with the matter fields confined to the brane, is stemming from the one and the same localization mechanism which forms the brane itself, and is thus generically unavoidable. Possible practical solutions are discussed, including in particular spontaneously broken supersymmetry, and quantum mechanically induced brane tension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-518
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 7 Sep 2009


  • Brane worlds
  • Casimir effect
  • Extra-dimensions
  • Localization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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