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TP > Volume 3, Number 2, June 2018

Hundred Years of Einstein's Cosmological Constant

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DOI:10.22606/tp.2018.32004

Author(s)
Kenath Arun, B Gudennavar, Kiren O V, C Sivaram
Affiliation(s)
Department of Physics and Electronics, Christ University, Bengaluru, India; Department of Physics, Christ Junior College, Bengaluru, India
Department of Physics and Electronics, Christ University, Bengaluru, India
Department of Physics, St. Josephs Indian Composite PU College, Bengaluru, India
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru, India
Abstract
It was little over a hundred years ago that Einstein introduced the ‘cosmological constant’ in his General Theory of Relativity in order to obtain a static universe, to conform to the philosophical view of the universe at that time. What Einstein subsequently dubbed as the ‘biggest blunder’ of his life (after Hubble’s discovery of the expanding universe) has come back in vogue in cosmology. Here we look at the evolution of the concept of the cosmological constant from its inception to it possibly making up close to about 70% of the energy density of the universe.
Keywords
General Theory of Relativity, cosmological constant, expanding universe, cosmology, dark energy
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