Singular inflation from Born-Infeld-f(R) gravity

Singular inflation from Born-Infeld-f(R) gravity

Emilio Elizalde
Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (ICE/CSIC) and Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC)
Campus UAB, Carrer de Can Magrans, s/n, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain

   Andrey N. Makarenko
Tomsk State Pedagogical University, ul. Kievskaya, 60, 634061 Tomsk, Russia
National Research Tomsk State University, Lenin Avenue, 36, 634050 Tomsk, Russia

Accelerating dynamics from Born-Infeld- gravity are studied in a simplified conformal approach without matter. Explicit unification of inflation with late-time acceleration is realized within this singular inflation approach, which is similar to Odintsov-Oikonomou singular inflation. Our model turns out to be consistent with the latest release of Planck data.

11.30.-j, 98.80.Cq, 04.50.-h, 04.50.Kd

I Introduction

Various cosmological observations support the current accelerated expansion of our universe. To explain this phenomenon it is necessary to assume either the existence of dark energy, which has a negative pressure, or the fact that gravity must be modified. Indeed, a quite natural approach to the universe evolution is the description where both the early-time as well as the late-time universe acceleration is achieved by a modification of the standard theory of General Relativity review ()-review6 (). Work in this direction has shown that, indeed, a unified description of the early-time inflation with the late-time dark energy appears rather naturally in modified gravity, as was clearly shown by Nojiri-Odintsov R () (for further unified models of this sort see Refs. Nojiri:2007as ()-N7d ()). However, the transition from a decelerating phase to the dark-energy universe is not yet well understood (possibly because there is not yet a clear understanding of what dark energy itself actually is).

In the recent literature, increasing interest has appeared for theories of gravity formulated in the Palatini scheme, in particular the so-called Born-Infeld theories BI (); BI2 (). The Palatini formulation brings about a number of restrictions and additional constraints to the metrics under consideration. As a consequence, it turns out to be quite difficult to get consistent generalizations of the original Born-Infeld model.

However, it was recently demonstrated that a non-perturbative and consistent generalization of Born-Infeld gravity is possible, under the form of a new Born-Infeld- theory, which was introduced in Ref. Eb6 (). It was shown there that Born-Infeld- gravity without matter can be easily reconstructed in the conformal approach. In this way, eventually any kind of dark energy cosmology could in principle be derived from the above theory.

In the present letter we will apply the techniques of Eb7 () in order to explicitly show that Born-Infeld- gravity is able to give rise to a very realistic singular inflation theory accurately matching the most recent Planck data. This provides a natural possibility for the unification of singular inflation with dark energy within the theory under discussion here.

Ii Born-Infeld- theory in a conformal ansatz

In what follows we are going to consider the Born-Infeld- theory in a conformal ansatz (see Refs. Eb6 (); Eb7 () for details), which can be used with the purpose to discuss a number of relevant situations. In particular, we can explicitly work out in detail the unification of the inflation epoch with the late-time acceleration stage by using metrics proposed in OD1 ().

As already advanced above, in order to enhance the capabilities of the theory, we here propose a modified action of Born-Infeld type but containing an arbitrary function , where Eb6 (), namely


As noted above, matter will be absent from our model, the purpose being to retain the full power of the conformal approach (the massive case, with its particularities, will be the subject of a future investigation). Under the conformal approach we understand the situation where the metric and the auxiliary metric (on which the Christoffel symbols are built, both metrics, as is known, being independent in the Palatini formalism) are connected by a transformation having the form of a conformal one ().

Varying action (1) with respect to the connection, the following equation results




and being . The corresponding equation which follows by variation over the metric has the form


Since we work in the conformal approach, it is just sufficient to require the fulfillment of the following condition


In this case we have an auxiliary metric, , which defines the covariant derivative and, hence, the Christoffel symbols, as




From the condition (5), together with the definition , it is clear that the Ricci tensor must be also proportional to the metric . One can write the relationship between the Ricci tensor and the metric, as


Let us now consider the spatially-flat FRW universe, with metric


The auxiliary metric will be given by the expression (7).

We denote the function connecting the main and the auxiliary metrics by . Assume now that , where is easy to find from Eq. (8). Finally, after all these considerations are taken into account, the equations acquire the following form


being the Hubble rate, . From these expressions, it follows that


where is a constant. The remaining equations lead to


From this result (see Eb6 ()), the form of the function can be found explicitly to be given by


Iii Our model

In what follows we will go one step further and consider a particular universe with scale factor of the following type OD3 (); OD32 ()


where , and are constants. Interest in this type of metrics has arisen in the literature when considering the so-called singular inflationary cosmologies OD2 (); OD3 (); OD32 (). The Hubble parameter takes the form


In order to look now for the relation between the metrics and , it is necessary to find solutions to Eq. (13), as


Here is a constant and is the incomplete gamma function.

The scale factor (15) for the spatially-flat FRW universe (9) is a solution of equation (4) (obtained by varying the action (1) with respect to the connection) provided the conditions (14) and (17) are imposed. In fact, taking into account (14) and (15), Eq. (4) takes the form:


And if we now substitute in this equation the corresponding expression for the function (17) then it is not difficult to see that we obtain an identity.

We will now discuss several specific cases in more detail. First, consider the situation when (). In this case, the evolution of the metric, of the Hubble rate, and of the equation of state (EoS) parameter are given in Figs. 1-3, respectively.

Figure 1: Scale factor for , ,
Figure 2: Hubble rate for , ,
Figure 3: The effective EoS parameter for , ,

For this choice of constants it is not difficult to construct the corresponding interaction function (17), Figs. 4-5.

Figure 4: u(t) for , , , ,
Figure 5: u(t) for , , , ,

One can also select alternative values for the parameter . Thus, for one gets a different picture, as is clear from Figs. 6-7.

Figure 6: u(t) for , , , ,
Figure 7: u(t) for , , , ,

For even values of the parameter we are bound to have half of the solutions only. Thus, for , we end up with Figs. 8-9.

Figure 8: u(t) for , , , ,
Figure 9: u(t) for , , , ,

The opposite situation occurs for positive values of the parameter . For example, Figs. 10-13 depict the the behavior of the metric, the Hubble rate and the EoS parameter, respectively, for , , and .

Figure 10: Scale factor for , ,
Figure 11: Hubble rate for , ,
Figure 12: The effective EoS parameter for , ,

In this case, the function connecting the metrics (17) only exists for or for , either.

Figure 13: u(t) for , , , ,
Figure 14: u(t) for , , , ,

To summarize, we have here demonstrated that for bigger than 1, when the so-called Type IV singularity OD4 () occurs, we get singular inflation of the sort observed in Ref. 10. Then, precisely in the same way as in Ref. 10 one can demonstrate that if a Type IV singularity occurs at the end of inflation it may naturally induce a graceful exit from it (see OD5 ())

Iv Conclusions

After reviewing the non-perturbative, consistent generalization of Born-Infeld gravity, under the form of the so-called Born-Infeld- theory, introduced recently Eb6 (), we have here continued this development by applying the techniques of Eb7 () to explicitly show, with specific examples, that Born-Infeld- gravity is able to give rise to very interesting universe models and to realize singular inflation.

For a metric chosen in the form (15) and with the same constants of the theory as in Ref. OD6 (), we have obtained for the inflationary parameters, calculated in a similar way, the following values: . These values of the inflationary parameters are in agreement with the observational bounds for them obtained from the very latest release of Planck data.

To finish, here the Born-Infeld- theory has been discussed in a conformal ansatz, without matter, with the purpose to retain the full power of the conformal approach. The massive case, with its particularities, will be the subject of a future investigation.

Acknowledgements. E.E. was supported in part by MINECO (Spain), Project FIS2013-44881-P, by the CSIC I-LINK1019 Project, and by the CPAN Consolider Ingenio Project. A.N.M. was supported by a grant of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.


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