Accepted Paper

The Vacuum Energy Problem in Quantum Gravity and the Masses of Elementary Particles

Djordje Minic
Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Abstract. This talk summarizes a new understanding of the cosmological constant problem, which essentially relies on a phase-space-like computation of the vacuum energy, both in the realm of quantum field theory coupled to gravity, and in the realm of a consistent formulation of a quantum theory of gravity and matter, such as string theory, combined with central properties of gravitational entropy as captured by the Bekenstein bound. This new understanding of the vacuum in a quantum theory of gravity and matter sheds light on the Higgs mass as well as the masses of quarks and leptons.

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