Physical Review Letters
Department of Physics and Astronomy
We explore the consequences that follow if the dark energy is phantom energy, in which the sum of the pressure and energy density is negative. The positive phantom-energy density becomes infinite in finite time, overcoming all other forms of matter, such that the gravitational repulsion rapidly brings our brief epoch of cosmic structure to a close. The phantom energy rips apart the Milky Way, solar system, Earth, and ultimately the molecules, atoms, nuclei, and nucleons of which we are composed, before the death of the Universe in a “big rip.”
Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation
Caldwell, Robert R.; Kamionkowski, Marc; and Weinberg, Nevin N., "Phantom Energy: Dark Energy with w < − 1 Causes a Cosmic Doomsday" (2003). Dartmouth Scholarship. 2016.