1 Introduction


We investigate some cosmological features of the model in the framework of the generalized teleparallel theory of gravity where denotes the torsion scalar. Its reconstruction is performed giving rise to an integration constant and other input parameters according to which we point out more analysis. Thereby, we show that for some values of this constant, the first and second laws of thermodynamics can be realized in the equilibrium description, for the universe with the temperature inside the horizon equal to that at the apparent horizon. Moreover, still within these suitable values of the constant, we show that the model may be stable using the de Sitter and Power-Law cosmological solutions.

CDM Model in Gravity: Reconstruction, Thermodynamics and Stability

I. G. Salako1, M. E. Rodrigues2, A. V. Kpadonou3, M. J. S. Houndjo4 and J. Tossa5

Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP)

01 BP 613, Porto-Novo, Bénin

 Faculdade de Física, Universidade Federal do Pará, 66075-110, Belém, Pará, Brazil

Faculdade de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia, Universidade Federal do Pará - Campus Universitário de

Abaetetuba, CEP 68440-000, Abaetetuba, Pará, Brazil.

Ecole Normale Supérieure de Natitingou - Université de Parakou - Bénin

Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Natitingou - Université de Parakou - Bénin

Pacs numbers: 98.80.-k, 04.50.Kd, 05.70.Ln

1 Introduction

It is strongly known nowadays that our universe is experiencing an accelerated expansion supported by many cosmological observational data such as type Ia supernovae [2], cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation [3]-[4], large scale structure [5], baryon acoustic oscillations [6], and weak lensing [7]. A possible responsible for this late-time acceleration is the so-called dark energy with negative pressure. An alternative approach for understanding this strange component of the universe is modifying the standard theories of gravity, namely, General Relativity (GR) or Teleparallel Theory Equivalent to GR (TEGR)[8]. Among several modified theories of gravity ( , [9]-[15], ) [16]-[20], where is the curvature scalar, the trace of the energy momentum tensor, the invariant of Gauss-Bonnet defined as , special attention is attached to the so-called gravity as the modified version of the TEGR, where denotes the torsion scalar. Several works have been developed in the framework of this modified theory of gravity and interesting results have been found [21]- [58].

The fundamental connection between gravitation and thermodynamics comes from the study of black hole thermodynamics [59]-[60]. In the framework of GR, Clausius relation in thermodynamics yields the Einstein equation with the proportionality of the entropy to the horizon area [61]. The technique used to explain this relation is also extended to other gravitational theories, namely, modified theories of gravity and the thermodynamics laws are view as generalized thermodynamics laws (because of their analytical deviation from the GR [70, 71]). The well known modified theory of gravity has received more attention on this way. Thereby, it has been shown that the gravitational field equation from the Clausius approach is obtained through the non-equilibrium aspect of thermodynamics [62]-[63].

In the view of this feature of thermodynamics in gravity, we attach our attention to the so-called model. Note that CDM is an interesting model because of its particularity in explaining the present stage of the universe. This model has been studied in several works in the frameworks of other types of modified theory of gravity, but for other purposes.

The potential works that have relationships with our manuscript, that is, dealing with thermodynamics, stability and CDM model in , are that of Bamba [60] and setare [26]. Indeed, Bamba and collaborators widely explored thermodynamics of the apparent horizon in f(T) gravity with both equilibrium and non-equilibrium descriptions [60], obtaining interesting results. Still in the framework of gravity, Bamba and collaborators, in their interesting paper entitled “ Reconstruction of gravity: Rip cosmology, finite-time future singularities and thermodynamics” [35], in the section and subsection , described CDM model by consideration the algebraic function action function of the form , with , which is a possibility for describing CDM model as is usually done in General Relativity (GR). Thermodynamics is also developed in that paper, but about the finite future singularities models. Setare and collaborator [26] performed the reconstruction of the algebraic function assuming that the background cosmic history is provided by flat CDM, also assumed having the same form as in Bamba’s paper.

Nowhere, these papers undertook at the same time the study of thermodynamics and stability of CDM model. This is the task of our paper. More precisely, in this paper, we reconstruct the algebraic function according to the CDM feature in a generic scheme. This algebraic function presents a positive integration constant , suitably determined according an initial condition. It is important to point out that one can clearly see from our model, Eq. (24) of our manuscript, that the action algebraic used in the Bamba’s paper is recovered by setting from the one of our manuscript. Therefore, the model presented in this paper is more general than the ones used by Bamba and Setare, in the description of CDM feature.

After reconstructing the algebraic function according to properties [64], we check the occurrence of the first and second laws of thermodynamics according to the input parameters. We undertake in this work the equilibrium description of the thermodynamics, where we assume that the temperature of the universe inside the horizon is equal to that at the apparent horizon. We emphasize that the possibility of the second law of the thermodynamics being realized in the equilibrium description in the framework of gravity has been shown by Bamba and collaborator [60], and followed in this work. We find that the first and second laws of thermodynamics may be satisfied and the comments are presented in a upcoming section.

Another important feature which has been investigated in this work is the stability of the model under consideration. By this way, we consider two interesting cosmological solutions (de Sitter and power-law solutions) and analyse the constraints on the input parameters for obtaining the stability of this model and we find that stability is always realized within the de Sitter solutions, while for the power-law solutions stability is obtained for and .

The paper is organized as follows. In Sec. 2, we present the generality of the theory within FLRW cosmology. The reconstruction of is performed in Sec. 3. The Sec. 4 is devoted to the study of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. The stability of the model is analysed in Sec. 5 and the conclusion is presented in Sec. 6

2 Generality on gravity within FLRW Cosmology

The modified version of the Teleparallel gravity is that for which the torsion in the action is substituted by an arbitrary function depending on the torsion scalar. As well as in teleparallel theory and its modified version, gravity is described using orthonormal tetrads components which are defined in the tangent space at each point of the manifold. The line element can be written as


with the definition


Here, is the Minkowskian metric and the components of the tetrad satisfying the following identity


Instead of the Levi-Civita’s connection in the general relativity and its modified version, the teleparallel theory and its modified versions are governed by the Weizenbock’s connection, defined by


From this connection one can now determine the main geometrical objects. The first is the torsion, defined as


from which we define the contorsion as


The above objects (torsion and contorsion) are used to define a new tensor as


Using this later and the torsion one defined the torsion scalar as


Since we are dealing with a modified version of the teleparallel gravity, a general algebraic function of the torsion is used, instead of just the torsion as in teleparallel gravity, and the action is written as


where is the usual gravitational coupling constant. By varying the action (9) with respect to the tetrads, one gets the following equations of motion [[65], [66], [67]]


where is the energy momentum tensor, and the first and second derivative of with respect to . These equations clearly depend on the choice of the set of tetrads as shown in [68]. Here we are interested in studying flat cosmologies, whose metric can be described by,


Let us now consider a set of diagonal tetrads related to the above metric as


The determinant of the matrix (12) is . The components of the torsion tensor and contorsion tensor are given by


and the components of the tensor are


Therefore, the torsion scalar is calculated, yielding


where denotes the Hubble parameter. We assume now that the ordinary content of the universe is a perfect fluid with the equation of state , such that the energy-momentum tensor is given by


By making use of the above quantities, the field equations (modified Friedmann equations 10) read,


Making use of these equations, one easily get the equation of continuity


This equation is easily solved yielding the following solution


where denotes the current value of the energy density when the scale factor is set to unit.

3 Reconstructing of model in the framework of gravity

In this section, we are interested to the model able to reproduce feature. To do so, let us write the first generalized Friedmann equation in the following form


The above equation can be rewritten as,


Here we have defined the usual cosmological parameters


with being the value of the Hubble parameter today. Then, by using the expression of the torsion scalar (16), the scale factor can be rewritten in terms of , as


providing some restrictions to the torsion scalar: since the scale factor is defined positive, the torsion scalar must satisfy , and the first modified FLRW equation (18) yields,


whose general solution reads


where is an integration constant. This kind of model has been proposed in [78]-[79] considering to explain the late-time accelerated expansion without including the dark energy component. In the same way, Bengochea and collaborators [80] investigated the observational information for this model by using the most recent SN Ia+ BAO + CMB data and found that the model can present radiation era, matter era and late-time acceleration phase as the last three phases of cosmological evolution in standard way if and Moreover, Setare and collaborator [25] shown that the model presents the stability of de Sitter solution.

Now, for consistency, let us use the initial conditions to carry out the exact expression of the constant . As performed in [81, 47], the algebraic function has to obey the following initial conditions


where denotes the early time at which the initial value of the torsion scalar is called . Since one has just a constant in (27), the first initial condition in (28) is enough for determining . By making use of this initial condition, one gets the following value


meaning that is directly linked with the cosmological and is always positive. It is straightforward to see that when , the model reduces to the TEGR one. However, when does not vanish the model may perfectly reproduce the model feature.

In what follows, we will assume the ordinary content of the universe as a perfect fluid with an energy density and pressure , obeying the barotropic equation of state (EoS) , being the parameter of EoS.

4 Equilibrium description of thermodynamics for model in the framework of gravity

4.1 Writing down the DE components

For convenience, let us write Eqs. (18)-(19) in the following forms:


where and denote the energy density and pressure of the dark energy, respectively and read


Making use of the above equations one gets the following equation


which leads to the equation of continuity when the rhs vanishes, i.e, for a linear form of the algebraic function .
We are interested to the thermodynamic properties of model. We will test the validity of both the first and second laws of thermodynamics within this model.

4.2 Studying the first law according to model

In this section we are interested to check the validity of the first law of thermodynamics within the model under consideration in this work. To do so, let us first consider the following relation , from which the dynamical apparent horizon can be obtained. Here we have diag . Since, we are working in the framework of FLRW cosmology, it is easy to show that the apparent horizon takes the following expression


By deriving this later with respect to the cosmic time, one gets


By introducing (31) in (36), one obtains:


According to the GR the Bekenstein-Hawking horizon entropy is governed by the expression [72]


where denotes the area of the apparent horizon . By combining (37) and (38), one gets


Now, making use of the Hawking temperature as


one gets the parameter as follows [73]


according to what (40) becomes


A direct use of (39) and (43) allows us to obtain


Instead of the expression for the Misner-Sharp energy in the GR, the suitable expression within modified teleparallel gravity reads


Making use of (35) and (45), becomes


where represents the volume inside the horizon. The first derivative of (47) yields


from which we deduce


We can now introduce the work density by


where is the energy momentum tensor related to the dark content. Therefore, (49) takes the following form


which can be rewritten as


where, after identification, one gets


Observe that the additional term (56) vanishes in teleparallel theory (as should be the case in GR). However, in a general theory this term never vanishes and is generally interpreted as a production of entropy [74]. Concerning our work, we could check the behaviour of this term according to the model under consideration. To do so, let us make use of the model (27) and check what happens about the addition entropy.

From (27), one can deduce the expression of given by


From equations (56), one gets


where we made use of the relation (16) in the second equality of the above equation. Remark that when the additive term vanishes and the first law according to TEGR is recovered [73],[74]. Now, in our case, the constant must be view different from zero in order to preserve the generality of the model. Observe that and , because of the acceleration of the universe. Moreover, the first derivative of the Hubble parameter is positive in an accelerating expanded phantom-like universe and negative in an accelerated expanded quintessence-like one. Therefore, depending on the type of the universe, a phantom or quintessence one, the sign of depends essentially on the sign of the constant . Since , in a phantom-like universe, ( decreasing entropy) while for a quintessence-like universe one has (increasing entropy). Due to the fact that in phantom-like universe, the entropy goes to zero as the time evolves. This means that in phantom phase, as the time evolves, the first law of thermodynamics in gravity reduces to the one in teleparallel gravity.

An important feature to be pointed out in this discussion is that, in the case where one has a decreasing additive entropy (), as the time evolves, the additive entropy tends to zero, where the TEGR situation will be recovered. This allows us to conclude that the production of entropy cannot always be view as permanent phenomenon: This corresponds to a phantom-like universe where , as we previously shown.

4.3 Studying the second law according to model

In this rubric, we consider the Gibbs equation given by


Here, and denote the temperature and the entropy related to the total energy inside the horizon, respectively. Moreover, in this spirit of equilibrium description, we assume the same temperature between the apparent horizon and inside it [60, 82].

The second law of thermodynamics imposes the following condition [77]


By combining Eqs. (30),(53),(59), the rhs of (60) can be rewritten as


It is important to note that in this work the physical temperature is used as the temperature of the apparent horizon, i.e., the Hawking temperature (40). We also consider in the discussion about the thermodynamics in this modified gravity that the temperature of the universe inside the horizon is equal to that at the apparent horizon, as assumed in [60]. This means that the temperature inside the apparent horizon is assumed to be the same as the one of matter species including that of the CMB photons. We emphasize that in the cosmological setup, the temperature of matter species is about K, which can be determined in a standard way [60].

According to the inequality (60) one gets the following relation:


Since it is previously shown that , one gets . Regarding the present stage of the universe and according to the observational data, one has [75, 76], such that we denote the bound of the constant by for satisfying the second law of thermodynamics. We consider a scale factor of the type power-law of the cosmic time, i.e, , where is the effective parameter of EoS and and are the effective pressure and energy density, respectively6. In quintessence phase, namely, , and the exponent is positive. Since the universe is expanding, we expect a growing scale factor and the cosmic time has to be such that . The Hubble parameter behaves as , showing that, in the quintessence phase, as the time evolves, the Hubble parameter decreases. Therefore, the current Hubble parameter is less that the initial one, that is, . Hence, writing the constant , the task is just to compare with . Due to the fact that and , it appears clearly that and then, one always gets . Hence, one can conclude that the second law is always satisfied in the quintessence phase.

One the other hand, when the phantom phase is considered, one has and in order to realize the expansion, it is necessary to have . In this case, the Hubble parameter grows as the time evolves, meaning that . Here, it is obvious that the initial time is toward . The Hubble parameter in this case behaves like and at early time, , it goes toward zero, such that the quotient is very high. Moreover, assuming that the proportion of ordinary matter should be neglected with respect to that of the dark energy (characterized by the cosmological constant and it related terms), one can approximate the parameter to and it will appear clearly that . Therefore, it can be concluded that the second law of thermodynamics is not satisfied in the phantom phase.

5 Stability of cosmological solutions

This section is devoted to the study of the stability of the reconstructed model. To do so, we will insert the homogeneous and isotropic perturbations around the model. In a first time we will work with a general algebraic function and later, take into account the . In general, for this kind of work, it is useful to assume the Hubble parameter , satisfying the modified FLRW cosmological equations (18 - 19). By solving the equation of continuity (20), one gets the following solution


We now consider small deviations form the Hubble parameter and energy density in terms of perturbations and write them as follows


Here the perturbation functions and denote the perturbation about the geometry and the matter, respectively. For our purpose in this work, we will deal with the linear perturbation. Therefore, the algebraic function can be expanded about the value of the torsion scalar in the background, namely , yielding


characterize the terms of higher power of which have to be neglected. By injecting (65) in (18) and making use of the expansion (65), one gets the following equation


This equation points out the relationship between the matter perturbation, the geometric one and also the perturbed Hubble parameter. We clearly see this equation in not enough for getting the analytical expression of the perturbations functions. We then need to take into account another one. The suitable equation to be used in this way is the equation of continuity (20). We first perturb it obtaining equation (20),


Now, equations (66)-(67) can be combined to yield a one variable equation from which the analytical expressions of the perturbation function may arise. This process will be performed in the upcoming sections where we will assume both de Sitter and power-law cosmological solutions.

5.1 Stability of de Sitter solutions

In de Sitter solutions, the Hubble parameter for the background is a constant and one has


where is a constant. Therefore, (63) becomes


On the other hand, by combining Eqs. (66)-(67), one gets the following differential equation


where we made use of (68). The algebraic function to be used here is that obtained in (27), which is the model in the context of gravity. Therefore, by exploring (27) and (69), the general solution of (70) reads


where is an integration constant. From Eqs. (66) and (67), one gets the time evolution of as


The functions and which allow to study the stability of the model within de Sitter solutions are defined under the condition . Since we are leading with an expanding universe, the constant is positive. The parameter of equation of state being related to the ordinary content of the universe, one has . Therefore, the function when . being an integration constant (so an arbitrary constant), we choose it such that . Then, model is stable in the view of matter content within de Sitter solutions.

Concerning the function (72), one can see that as , . Hence, we conclude that the model is stable in the view of the geometry. Resuming, since , the model is stable within de Sitter solutions. An illustrating graph can presented in Figure showing the convergence of both and . More precisely, we perform the evolution of the functions and where and are the current values of the perturbation functions, while and are the perturbation function at any time . We see from the Fig. that at , one has , and as the time evolves the curves decrease and goes toward finite values. We assume the current time as the initial time and the curves are plotted in terms of , where the values of the input parameters are indicated in the legend of each them. The important feature to be carried out here is the impact of the input parameters on the convergence of the curved. It is clear that the curves decrease but one sees that the one linked with the geometrical part converges more rapidly than that characterizing the matter content. Moreover, one notes that the geometrical perturbation function fades away for large time, , while the matter perturbation function goes asymptotically to a fix value different from zero. This means that, according to the input parameters, the background is more stable, but the matter fluctuations make the matter part less stable.

5.2 Stability of power-law solutions

In this rubric we are interested to the cosmological solutions of the type


By using this later, (66) becomes


On the other hand, by combining Eqs. (66)-(67), one gets the following differential equation


The algebraic to be used here is that obtained in (27), which is the models in the context of gravity. By making use of (27) and (74), the general solution of (75) reads



where is an integration constant. From Eq. (66) or (67), one gets the time evolution of as


where the hypergeometric function is defined by


We can rewrite (76) and (78) by setting , obtaining


with . An analysis of the asymptotic behaviour of (82) and (84) for allows to rewrite them in the following forms:


We start our analysis by the function which is defined for , and . The whole analysis will be done distinguishing the following two sub-cases:

  1. For it is easy to see that when . Therefore, we choose this integration function such that . Here the matter stability is always ensured;

  2. For , and an even , the function diverges as est enough high leading to an instability. However, for an odd the function . In this case, there is stability;

Concerning the function , the suitable conditions of it definition read , and .

  1. For and an odd , diverges (instability), whereas for an even it tends to zero (stability);

  2. For the perturbation function goes to zero (stability).

Here, it appears that, in contrast to what happens in de Sitter case, where the solutions are always stables independently of the value of the constant , we see that in the case of power-law solutions, depending on the value of , instability may appear. This fact is completely predictable and is linked with the behaviour of the ordinary energy density. The physical reason to this is the convergence presented by the quotient , the energy density at any time over the one at the current time . This reflects the fact that as the time evolves, the ordinary matter content reduces, whereas the dark content grows. Let us show prove it in a more clearly way. First, since the parameter of the EoS of the ordinary matter content is always positive, it is easy to observe from (69) that, as the cosmic time evolves, the ordinary energy density goes to zero. From Eq. (69), the cosmic time may be extracted such that


Once again one can observe in a quantitative way that as the time evolves, the quantity is more negative, meaning that the quotient is much less that for large time, i.e, , which is a physical aspect. Now, how does this reflect on the stability of the de Sitter solutions and not on the power-law ones? This is clear when we substitute the rhs of (85) in the perturbations functions and in the de Sitter case, getting