On the stability of Einstein static universe at background level in massive bigravity

On the stability of Einstein static universe at background level in massive bigravity


We study the static cosmological solutions and their stability at background level in the framework of massive bigravity theory with Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) metrics. By the modification proposed in the cosmological equations subject to a perfect fluid we obtain new solutions interpreted as the Einstein static universe. It turns out that the non-vanishing size of initial scale factor of Einstein static universe depends on the non-vanishing three-dimensional spatial curvature of FRW metrics and also the graviton’s mass. By dynamical system approach and numerical analysis, we find that the extracted solutions for closed and open universes can be stable for some viable ranges of equation of state parameter, viable values of fraction of two scale factors, and viable values of graviton’s mass obeying the hierarchy which is more cosmologically motivated.

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I Introduction

General relativity predicts that at the beginning of the universe all mass, energy, and spacetime were compressed to an infinitely dense point at the Planck epoch, called initial singularity. Quantum mechanics becomes a significant factor at the Planck epoch and is hoped to help us in avoiding the classical singularity arising from application of general relativity to the system of universe. In response to the incompetence of general relativity in the study of initial state of the universe, alternative theories for the beginning of the universe have been proposed which are basically based on the application of quantum theory on the system of universe. The quantum cosmology is one of those general frameworks which has been widely used to resolve the initial singularity problem (1). Furthermore, the string/M-theory, the pre-big bang (2) and ekpyrotic/cyclic (3) scenarios have been proposed to resolve this problem. One of the recent approaches, so called “emergent universe”, to avoid the big bang singularity was proposed by Ellis et al in the framework of general relativity (4); (5). The emergent universe is a scenario in which the space curvature is positive, and the universe stays past-eternally in an Einstein static state after which it evolves to an inflationary phase. Thus, this theory is consistent with an inflationary scenario in which the initial singularity is replaced by an initial state, so called Einstein static universe. Einstein static universe is the exact solution of Einstein equations equipped by closed Friedmann-Robertson-Walker metric, a cosmological constant and perfect fluid matter (6). In spite of its static feature, it is critically unstable against small perturbations. Hence, in order to avoid possible collapse of this static solution toward a singularity, namely in order for the static solution can play the role to avoid initial singularity we have to investigate its stability conditions. In this regard, using the modified cosmological equations, some new static solutions with suitable stability properties are obtained (7).

In the framework of general relativity, the Einstein static scenario suffers from a fine-tuning problem. This problem is alleviated when the cosmological equations of general relativity (GR) are modified within the context of modified theories of gravity. For this reason, the existence of analogous Einstein static solutions in several modified gravity theories and quantum gravity models have been investigated and studied (8); (9); (10); (11); (12); (13); (14); (15). It has been found that, depending on the details of the modified gravity theories, the modified cosmological equations result in many new static solutions whose stability properties are substantially different from those of Einstein static solution of GR. Recently, the stability of Einstein static universe in massive gravity theory has been studied in Ref.(16). Along this line of activity, we are motivated to study the stability of Einstein static universe in massive bigravity theory. The relevance of this study lies in the fact that contrary to the massive gravity model which has one scale factor, in massive bigravity model we have two scale factors each of which can lead independently to the singularity problem, so it seems that the massive bigravity model is more concerned than the massive gravity theory, regarding the singularity problem. This may justify the present study of Einstein static universe to avoid the singularity problem in the context of massive bigravity theory. Moreover, this study is motivated by the possibility that the universe might have started out in an asymptotically Einstein static state, well above the quantum gravity scale, in the context of inflationary universe (4).

A consistent theory describing a massive spin-2 particle was first introduced by Fierz and Pauli in 1939 (17) and developed to a covariant theory by de Rham, Gabadadze and Tolley (dRGT) (18); (19) in 2010. The covariant massive gravity model has been proposed in a consistent form in which nonlinear terms have been tuned to eliminate order by order the negative energy states in the spectrum (20). In the case of massive gravity the graviton mass typically plays an important role over cosmological scales at late times which can lead to the presently observed accelerating phase (21). Moreover, the theory results in some exotic solutions in which the graviton mass contribution influences the cosmological dynamics at early times.

Massive gravity generically suffers from strong coupling problems and a loss of predictivity at low scales. Indeed, massive gravity models, depending on the mass scale of the graviton, can have a rather low strong coupling scale which severely restricts the applicability of massive gravity and also makes it problematic to investigate early universe high energy setup . The strong coupling scale of bigravity is not known, although some people conjectured that it is the same as in massive gravity. For example, in a recent work (22) the inflationary perturbations in bigravity model has been studied where the energy scale of inflation is typically above the low strong coupling scale of the bigravity theory. Therefore, bigravity has become strongly coupled at the scale of inflation and hence it is not granted that cosmological perturbation theory applies. The authors in (22) have claimed that since the strong coupling scale is derived in a Minkowski background, it is not clear whether the strong coupling scale represents an upper limit on the Hubble scale or it is just an upper limit on the energy of the perturbations on a given background. In another work (23), the authors have argued that, contrary to intuition gained from massive gravity, at energy scales relevant to cosmology the bimetric models can avoid the known strong coupling issues, namely, as long as these models are used for late-time cosmology (or for early times with care), the low strong coupling scale is not a serious problem. In any case, the problems related to the low strong coupling scale, in massive gravity or massive bigravity, can be avoided by requiring the graviton mass to be much higher than the present Hubble scale (24). The suggestion that the mass of graviton could be large enough at early universe, is consistent with a small scale factor as a solution corresponding to the initial state of the universe before inflation (4). For example, a graviton with large mass at early universe has been proposed by applying the no-boundary proposal for the quantum cosmology of de Rham, Gabadadze and Tolley (dRGT) massive gravity theory (25), in which two reasons are given for why the graviton can have large value at early universe and a negligible value today. A rather speculative justification for the large mass of graviton at early universe and its small mass today was also given based on the application of uncertainty principle on the universe as a single quantum system (26). Based on the above mentioned features, we expect that a static Einstein universe with a sufficiently small size (well above the Planck scale) at early universe can provide us with a sufficiently large mass of graviton such that the study of massive bigravity in the framework of emergent universe seems reasonable and the solutions are expected to be within the regime of validity of the theory.

In spite of general relativity results where, in order to obtain static solutions we need a cosmological constant term, a positive space curvature term and a suitable perfect fluid term, the authors in (16) found that in the massive gravity theory it is possible to obtain static cosmological solutions even for flat and open universes, in which only a perfect fluid term exists as a source.

The covariant massive gravity model does not show ghosts at the nonlinear level in a certain decoupling limit which is obtained by taking and while keeping the scale fixed, with a secondary non-dynamical reference metric (19); (27); (28). Besides, it turned out that the dRGT model cannot describe a flat universe (29). Therefore, Hassan and Rosen tried to prove the absence of the Boulware-Deser ghosts in a Hamiltonian constraint approach (30); (31), and moreover they extended the massive gravity theory beyond the dRGT model towards massive bigravity theory with two dynamical symmetric tensors and having a completely symmetric role (32). Actually, considering two metrics and thoroughly in a symmetric role, changes the aether-like concept of second reference metric in massive gravity. The cosmology of massive gravity and massive bigravity has been studied in (18); (33) and (34), respectively. In this work, we study the static cosmological solutions in the context of massive bigravity model (32) to confirm the key role of graviton mass in obtaining the new class of static Einstein solutions subject to a perfect fluid source. Then, we study the stability of typical Einstein static universe in massive bigravity model. It turns out that the graviton mass parameter plays a key role in obtaining a very small size initial scale factor avoiding the big bang singularity. We show that the obtained cosmological solutions cannot be stable in spatially flat universe with , whereas the stability is possible for open and closed universes.

We emphasize that, similar to previous works (35), in this paper merely the existence of Einstein static solution and its stability as a background solutions against time-dependent perturbations are investigated. Obviously, this analysis is not sufficient to establish the full behavior of all the modes present in bi-gravity because based on a purely background analysis it is not possible to talk about Higuchi ghosts or gradient instabilities (36); (37) which are usually present in bigravity. In fact, every possible solution which is called a branch can be distinguished, depending on how the ratio of the scale factors of the metrics metrics and evolves. In the solutions subject to finite branches the ratio evolves from zero towards a finite asymptotic value, whereas for the case of infinite branches the ratio becomes infinitely large at early times and decreases with time. So far, only finite and infinite branches together with their ghost and gradient instabilities have been extensively studied in the literature. All other branches including bouncing cosmologies or a static universe in the asymptotic past or future are called exotic branches which have not been extensively studied in the literature (38). Moreover, no attempt has been done regarding the ghost and gradient instabilities in the exotic branch. The Einstein static universe as a static universe in the asymptotic past is also described by the exotic branch whose ghost and gradient instabilities have not been yet extracted in the literature. Therefore, a full stability analysis of Einstein static universe in bigravity seems to be well beyond the scope of this paper and needs a throughout investigation in another work.

The organization of this paper is as follows. In section 2, the nonlinear massive bigravity model is introduced and the modified Friedmann equations in the presence of two isotropic and homogeneous line elements with two scale factors and , corresponding to and respectively, are obtained. In section 3, we investigate the Einstein static cosmological solutions in this model to find the minimum scale factor as the initial size of the universe. In section 4, the stability properties of the obtained Einstein static cosmological solutions are discussed in details. In section 5, the numerical behavior and the dynamics near the fixed points is studied using numerical integrations. Moreover, the phase diagrams of the system are depicted for open and closed universes in the -plane. Finally, we give a brief conclusion, in section 6.

Ii Cosmological equations

Massive bigravity model is introduced by the action (32)


Here, and are two dynamical metrics with corresponding Ricci scalars and respectively, is the matter Lagrangian containing an scalar field , and the parameter describes the mass of graviton.

The square root matrix means . The trace of this tensor as or helps us to write the following expressions for the elementary symmetric polynomials ’s


According to a nonlinear ADM analysis in (39), the mentioned action (1) is ghost free and describes 7 propagating degrees of freedom. Apart from the matter coupling part, the action is invariant under the following exchanges,


Now, we obtain the equations of motion by varying the action (1) with respect to and , respectively as




where we have introduced the ratio


Meanwhile, the matrices are given by


As a consequence of the covariant conservation of and also the Bianchi identity, the equation (4) leads to the Bianchi constraint for the metric


Similarly, the equation (5) gives us the Bianchi constraint corresponding to the metric


where indicates the covariant derivatives with respect to the metric . Two above Bianchi constraints are equivalent which is a direct result of the invariance of the interaction term under the general coordinate transformations of the two metrics, so we just consider the constraint (8). We consider a Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) universe with three-dimensional spatial curvature for both metrics which exhibit spatial isotropy and homogeneity


For the metrics (10) and (11), the Bianchi constraints (8) or (9) gives (The mass interaction term is invariant under the diagonal subgroup of the general coordinate transformations of the two metrics and hence these Bianchi constraints are equivalent)


where is the lapse function of metric . This is an important result for the next calculations. The modified Friedmann equation and the modified acceleration equation corresponding to the metric are as follows


Note that although the ordinary Friedmann and accelerating equations are recovered in the limit , however the cosmological solutions will not be well defined in this limit. Consequently, the equation of motion (5) is obtained as




Let us now explain about the matter source. Assuming an equation of state of the normal form in the minimal coupling of the matter to gravity, the continuity equation is


where is the Hubble parameter of the scale factor .

Iii The Einstein static solution in massive bigravity

In this section we will study the Einstein static solution in massive bigravity. The following conditions describe the Einstein static solutions of massive bigravity modified Friedmann equations


where is the Hubble parameter of the scale factor . Having considered (18), we can reduce the continuity equation (17) as


As a result, we can assume


and define


Leaving the quantity in the Bianchi constraint (12) undetermined, we can not continue our calculation explicitly. Fortunately, the relations (15) and (16) help us to handle this problem. Imposing the conditions (18) on equations (15) and (16), we can write


where we have assumed , and as , and , respectively. Subtracting two above equations, gives


In the present model, the interaction between two metrics and is described just by the trace of , hence this interaction is called as the minimal interaction and the corresponding model is called as the minimal model. This minimal model, as a simplest but non-trivial case, was proposed in (40). In the non-minimal models, the calculations become more complicated than the minimal models. Hence, just for simplicity, we only investigate the minimal model which is described by the following interaction term (40), (41)


in which we have put , and . As a result, the relation (24) reads


Having considered the conditions (18), we rewrite (13) and (14) as follows


Combination of these equations gives


Inserting (24) into (29), we can find


The minimal case of this theory takes the following simplification


Referring to (27), we can extract the squared Einstein static scale factor for the ordinary case as


and the squared Einstein static scale factor for the minimal case as


It is obvious that the size of the critical scale factor corresponding to the minimum scale factor of Einstein static universe is affected by the mass of gravitons, and that a non-vanishing small size of non-singular universe requires and large mass gravitons.

Case 1 : 

The requirement gives the inequality


according to which the allowed ranges of and are obtained in Table 1.

Table 1: Allowed ranges of and for the case , by the requirement .


Case 2 : 

For the open universe we obtain


and the allowed ranges of and are given in Table 2.

Table 2: Allowed ranges of and for the case , by the requirement .


On the other hand, imposing the nonvanishing sector of weak energy condition as leads to the following results


Considering these results, we obtain the following ranges of and given in Table 3

Table 3: Allowed ranges for and for the case , by the requirements and .


for the case , and the following ranges of and given in Table 4

Table 4: Allowed ranges of and for the case , by the requirements and .


for the case .

Iv Stability of critical points

In this section, we discuss the stability of the critical points (18) named , , and . Let us use the Bianchi constraint (12) to write


Taking time derivative, one obtain


In the case of minimal massive bigravity models, the first and second Friedmann equations (13), (14), (15) and (16) reduce to




which correspond to the metric . And also for the metric we have


It should be mentioned that for simplicity we have not used index (min) for , , , and , representing these quantities in minimal massive bigravity cosmological model. To further analyze, we have to extract time derivatives of the quantities , , (), , and to construct the following eigenvalue relation


where (a  Jacobian matrix) in which and . By means of equations (38)-(43) and a troublesome calculation we obtain




Additionally, we have


As mentioned in (18), (20) and (21), the Einstein static solution corresponds to the fixed points, , and . Considering these fixed points in the relation (38), we can find the following behavior for the fixed point


The eigenvalue equation with the eigenvalues corresponding to (44) has the following form


The stability analysis of the presented solutions can be performed by requiring all the eigenvalues to be negative 1. This is because all the eigenmodes with negative eigenvalues gradually disappear and thus the perturbation is damped. In order to investigate the condition for which all the eigenvalues are negative, we benefit of the following procedure. The equation (52) is a special case of the general form of the eigenvalue function expansion of an arbitrary matrix () as follows


Comparing (52) and (53) for , and considering the fact that is the requirement of having all the eigenvalues to be negative, we obtain the following condition


By imposing the Einstein static condition, we can obtain


The above expression goes to infinity in the limit of , however we are interested in determining the signature of this infinity as positive infinity or negative one. In doing so, we should plot the three dimensional diagram of the parenthesis in equation (55) in which there are two variables and . Since equation (55) has the same form in both cases and , we can write the following result

Table 5: Allowed ranges of and for the cases and .


This is in accordance with the allowed ranges in Table 3 and Table 4. As a result, the intervals and correspond to and respectively, in order to have some stable cosmological solutions. This shows an interesting result that a competition between two scale factors of massive bigravity model corresponds to a competition between different parameter spaces.

V Numerical behavior of the Cosmological dynamics in minimal massive bigravity theory

Now, we have found the allowed ranges of variables and in minimal massive bigravity model which result in the stable Einstein static state. Here, we make a brief quantitative study of the cosmological dynamics of Einstein static universe for the closed and open universe.

Considering the minimal massive bigravity, the modified Friedmann equations (13), (15) and the modified acceleration equations (14), (16) with the coefficients , and for , metrics become respectively as




To further analyze the reduced Friedmann equation we need the variable in terms of the ratio of two scale factors . Combination of the equations (56) and (58) gives


Case 1 : 

Considering (56), we can extract the energy density


Using (60) and (61), we have the following relation


Without loss of generality, here we assume for more simplicity. As a result the above relation reads as


This determines as a very complicate function of , , and the graviton mass . Moreover, becomes


Eq. (63) can help us to extract , but it is too complicated to be mentioned here. Combining (57) and (61) with (64), we obtain the second Friedmann equation


According to the stability results of fixed points in Tables 3 and 5 and the allowed ranges of and , the universe can stay at the stable state (33) for the scale factor past eternally and also may undergo some indefinite, non-singular oscillations, as shown in Fig.1, which typically shows the avoidance of big bang singularity properly for closed universe at phantom dominant era. Due to the correspondence between the scale factors and through , the stability of scale factor indicates for the stability of scale factor .

Figure 1: The time evolutionary behavior of the scale factor (left) and the phase space (, ) diagram (right) for the case and (exotic matter) in minimal massive bigravity model. We have taken the initial values and , with and .

Case 2 : 

Similarly, using the fixed points in Tables 4 and 5 and the allowed ranges of and , we may repeat the calculation of Case 1 to obtain the second Friedmann equation in the case as follows