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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 21586, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/21586
Research Article

Fine Structure of Dark Energy and New Physics

1Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
2Department of Physics, Institute for Particle, Nuclear, and Astronomical Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA

Received 7 September 2007; Revised 5 November 2007; Accepted 13 December 2007

Academic Editor: George Siopsis

Copyright © 2007 Vishnu Jejjala et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Following our recent work on the cosmological constant problem, in this letter we make a specific proposal regarding the fine structure (i.e., the spectrum) of dark energy. The proposal is motivated by a deep analogy between the blackbody radiation problem, which led to the development of quantum theory, and the cosmological constant problem, for which we have recently argued calls for a conceptual extension of the quantum theory. We argue that the fine structure of dark energy is governed by a Wien distribution, indicating its dual quantum and classical nature. We discuss observational consequences of such a picture of dark energy and constrain the distribution function.