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Scale of inflation and dark energy

  1. Jun 6, 2009 #1
    I keep reading that the energy scale of inflation is possibly 1024eV, while the energy scale of dark energy is around 10-3eV.

    What exactly are these scales referring to? Is it the energy required to accelerate the universe at the corresponding rates of acceleration? What equations/theories/experimental evidence are used to find these energies?

    Thank you!
    Abby
     
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  3. Jun 7, 2009 #2

    Chalnoth

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    They're referring to the energy density of the inflaton field and dark energy, respectively.
     
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