Volume 116, Number 2, October 2016
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||29 November 2016|
∞-∞: Vacuum energy and virtual black holes
Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di L'Aquila - 67010 Coppito (AQ), Italy and LNGS, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso - 67010 Assergi (AQ), Italy
Received: 9 September 2016
Accepted: 15 November 2016
We discuss other contributions to the vacuum energy of quantum field theories and quantum gravity, which have not been considered in the literature. As is well known, the presence of virtual particles in vacuum provides the so famous and puzzling contributions to the vacuum energy. In fact, these mainly come from loop integrations over the four-momenta space. However, we argue that these also imply the presence of a mass density of virtual particles in every volume cell of space-time. The most important contribution comes from quantum gravity bubbles, corresponding to virtual black hole pairs. The presence of virtual masses could lead to another paradox: the space-time itself would have an intrinsic virtual mass density contribution leading to a disastrous contraction —as is known, no negative masses exist in general relativity. We dub this effect the cosmological problem of second type: if not other counter-terms existed, the vacuum energy would be inevitably destabilized by virtual-mass contributions. It would be conceivable that the cosmological problem of second type could solve the first one. Virtual masses renormalize the vacuum energy to an unpredicted parameter, as in the renormalization procedure of the Standard Model charges. In the limit of (Pauli-Villars limit), virtual black holes have a mass density providing an infinite counter-term to the vacuum energy divergent contribution (assuming ). Therefore, in the same Schwinger-Feynman-Tomonaga attitude, the problem of a divergent vacuum energy could be analogous to the put-by-hand procedure used for Standard Model parameters.
PACS: 04.20.Cv – Fundamental problems and general formalism / 04.70.Dy – Quantum aspects of black holes, evaporation, thermodynamics / 04.62.+v – Quantum fields in curved spacetime
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