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Physics  2001 

Remarks on cosmological issues in some string theoretic brane worlds

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We examine, in the context of certain string compactifications resulting in five dimensional brane worlds the mechanisms of (self) tuning of the cosmological constant and the recovery of standard cosmological evolution. We show that self tuning can occur only as long as supersymmetry is unbroken (unless additional assumptions are made) and that the adjustment of the cosmological constant to zero after supersymmetry breaking and the recovery of standard evolution are the same problem verifying previously made statements in the context of general i.e. not necessarily string theoretic brane worlds. We emphasize, however, that contrary to general brane worlds where the above adjustment requires a fine tuning, stringy brane worlds contain an additional integration constant due to the presence of the compact space thus allowing the adjustment to be done only with integration constants.


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