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Author Gates Jr, S. J.
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2002-02-18
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword High Energy Physics - Theory ♦ physics:hep-th
Abstract We discuss the problem of introducing background spacetimes of the de Sitter type (quintessential backgrounds) in the context of fundamental theories involving supersymmetry. The role of a model presented in 1984, showing that these backgrounds can occur as spontaneously broken phases of locally supersymmetric 4D, N-extended theories, is highlighted. The present twin challenges of the presumed presence of supersymmetry in particle physics and the emergence of experimental evidence for a positive cosmological constant from type-II supernovae data are noted for the continued investigation of superstring/M-theory. Finally we note how the 1984-model may have a role to play in future investigations.
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