Stable phantom-divide crossing in two scalar models with matter

Stable phantom-divide crossing in two scalar models with matter


We construct cosmological models with two scalar fields, which has the structure as in the ghost condensation model or -essence model. The models can describe the stable phantom crossing, which should be contrasted with one scalar tensor models, where the infinite instability occurs at the crossing the phantom divide. We give a general formulation of the reconstruction in terms of the e-foldings by including the matter although in the previous two scalar models, which are extensions of the scalar tensor model, it was difficult to give a formulation of the reconstruction when we include matters. In the formulation of the reconstruction, we start with a model with some arbitrary functions, and find the functions which generates the history in the expansion of the universe. We also give general arguments for the stabilities of the models and the reconstructed solution. The viability of a model is also investigated by comparing the observational data.

95.36.+x, 98.80.Cq

I Introduction

The observation of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) shows that the present universe is spatially flat de Bernardis:2000gy (); Hanany:2000qf (). Hence, the starting point for current cosmology is spatially flat Friedman-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) universe, whose metric is given by


Here is called the scale factor. The FLRW equations in the Einstein gravity coupled with perfect fluid are well-known to be:


Here the Hubble rate is defined by and dot denotes the derivative with respect to the cosmic time .

By the observation of the type Ia supernovae, we now believe that the expansion of the present universe is accelerating Perlmutter:1998np (); Perlmutter:1997zf (); Riess:1998cb (). What generates the accelerating expansion of the universe is called dark energy (for recent review, see Silvestri:2009hh (); Li:2011sd (); Caldwell:2009ix ()). The dark energy could be a perfect fluid with negative equation of state (EoS) parameter . The future of the universe is mainly governed by the equation of state parameter of the dark energy , where and are the pressure and the energy density of the dark energy. When , the accelerating expansion can be generated and the observational data indicates that is close to . If the is exactly , the present universe is described by the CDM model, where the accelerating expansion is generated by the cosmological term and the universe evolves into the asymptotic de Sitter space-time. The dark energy with is called as quintessence and that with as phantom Caldwell:1999ew (). If the dark energy is the phantom, the future universe usually evolves to a finite-time future singularity called Big Rip astro-ph/0302506 (), where the scale factor of the universe will diverge in the finite future (for other type of singularities, see Barrow:2004xh (); Barrow:2004hk () and for the classification of the singularities, see hep-th/0501025 ()).

Recent cosmological data seems to indicate that there occurred the crossing of the phantom divide line in the near past (see, for example, Nesseris:2006er ()), that is, the equation of state (EoS) parameter crossed the line .

In this paper, we consider the models with two scalar fields to describe the phantom crossing. It is known that in one scalar tensor models, the large instability occurs when crossing the phantom divide (or cosmological constant border) Vikman:2004dc (). We now develop phantom cosmology described by two-scalar tensor theory which represents a kind of quintom model arXiv:astro-ph/0404224 (); hep-th/0405034 (); Ito:2011ae () (for review, see arXiv:0909.2776 () and for generalizations, see arXiv:0811.3643 (); Nojiri:2005pu ()). In case of two scalar tensor, we can construct a model which is stable at the phantom crossing. In the previous work, it has not been succeeded to a general formulation of the reconstruction of the two scalar tensor model when we include matters. In the formulation of the reconstruction, we start with a model with some arbitrary functions, and find the functions which generates the history in the expansion of the universe, which complies with observational data (for the reconstruction in gravity, see arXiv:0908.1269 () and the reconstruction for the general models, see arXiv:1011.0544 ()). In this paper, in terms of the e-foldings , we consider the two scalar models whose structures are similar to the -essence models Chiba:1999ka (); ArmendarizPicon:2000dh (); ArmendarizPicon:2000ah () or ghost condensation models ArkaniHamed:2003uy (); ArkaniHamed:2003uz (). In the models, it is straightforward to include matters and it makes us to be able to consider the models with the phantom crossing and the matter dominant era.

Ii Cosmological reconstruction by one scalar model and stability

Before going to the two scalar model, we clarify the problem in the one scalar model, that is, there appears infinite instability at the phantom crossing Vikman:2004dc (). This section is based on Nojiri:2005pu (); Capozziello:2005tf () and we start with the following action:


Here, and are functions of the scalar field . The function is not relevant and can be absorbed into the redefinition of the scalar field as follows,


Then the kinetic term of the scalar field in the action (3) has the following form:


The case of corresponds to the quintessence or non-phantom scalar field, but the case of corresponds to the phantom scalar. Although can be absorbed into the redefinition of the scalar field, we keep since the transition between the quintessence and the phantom can be described by the change of the sign of .

For the action (3), the energy density and the pressure of the scalar field are given as follows:


If the potential is positive, the EoS parameter is greater than if is positive but is less than if is negative. Then the transition between the quintessence and the phantom can be described by the change of the sign of . By using the FLRW equation (2), the EoS parameter can be expressed in the following form


Then in the quintessence phase, where , we find and in the phantom phase, where , . Then on the point of the transition between the quintessence and the phantom, vanishes.

In order to consider and explain the cosmological reconstruction in terms of one scalar model, we rewrite the FLRW equation (2) with the expressions (6) as follows:


Assuming and are given by a single function , as follows,


where , we find that the exact solution of the FLRW equations (when we neglect the contribution from the matter) has the following form:


It can be confirmed that the equation given by the variation over


is also satisfied by the solution (10). Then, the arbitrary universe evolution expressed by can be realized by an appropriate choice of and . In other words, by defining the particular type of universe evolution, the corresponding scalar-Einstein gravity may be found.

We now show that there occurs the very large instability when crossing the cosmological constant line . For this purpose, by introducing the new variables and as follows


we rewrite the FLRW equation (2) with (6) and the field equation (11) as


Here is called as e-foldings, defined by the scale factor as , where is the value of in the present universe. Then we find . Since we have for the solution (10), we now consider the following perturbation:




Here, the solution (10) is used. The eigenvalues of the matrix are given by


In order that the solution (10) could be stable, all the eigenvalues must be negative. One now considers the region near the transition between the quintessence phase and the phantom phase, where . When we consider the transition from the quintessence phase, where , to the phantom phase, we find . On the other hand, when we consider the transition from the phantom phase, where , to the quintessence phase, we find . Then for both transitions, one finds is large and negative. The eigenvalues are given by


Then is positive and diverges on the point of the transition . Hence, the solution describing the transition is always unstable and the instability diverges at the transition point and therefore the transition is prohibited in the one scalar model1.

Iii Cosmological reconstruction by two scalar model

We now consider the new type of two scalar models and give a formulation of the cosmological constant. The two scalar models are different from those proposed in the previous papers arXiv:astro-ph/0404224 (); hep-th/0405034 (); Ito:2011ae () and the action with two scalar field and is given by


and assume the flat FLRW metric (1). Here and are defined by and and is the Lagrangian density of the matters.

We consider the models where there do not exist no direct interactions between the scalar fields and the ordinary matters. Then the conservation law of the matters is given by


Here and are the energy density and the pressure of the matters, respectively and the prime denotes the derivative with respect to the e-folding number .

For the action (18), the FLRW equations have the following form:


The energy density contributing to the Hubble rate can be divided into contributions from the scalar fields and the matter part as follows,


and we rewrite the FLRW equations as follows,


The field equations for the scalar fields are given by


where and respectively. Then, if , , and satisfy the following relations


we can obtain the following solution


We now find explicit forms of the functions , , and in the action (18), which satisfy the above relations. We may choose, for example, the forms of and with two arbitrary functions and as follows,


We also define a new function by


which gives


Using the function , we find is given by


By reconstructing the action by using two functions, and , we can obtain the arbitrary history of the expansion of the universe as we desire.

Iv Stability

In this section, we discuss the stability of the reconstructed solution by considering the perturbations. We also investigate the stability by using the sound speed. If the square of the sound speed is negative, the fluctuations grow up exponentially and the homogeneous universe becomes unstable.

iv.1 Stability of the reconstructed solution

In order to investigate the stability of the solution (27), we consider the fluctuation from the solutions. We define the 1st order perturbations from the solutions as follows,


where and . We note that this system has four physical degrees of freedom (dof) and we identify , , , with the dof here. It is also noted that the Hubble rate are not the dof because it can be removed by the constraint equation, i.e., the first FLRW equation (21). Substituting the expressions in (33) into Eqs. (22), (23), (24), and (25), we obtain the evolution equations of the 1st order fluctuations as follows,




where we have used the constraint equation between the perturbations, which is obtained from (21) as follows,


In order the solution (27) is stable, the real parts of all the eigenvalues of the above matrix (34) must be negative. Then we find the conditions that the real parts of all the eigenvalues are negative. The characteristic equation and its solutions are given as follows:




Here is one of the solution of the following cubic equation;


that is




In (37), () are defined by


Now we consider the real solution of the cubic equation (39) since we like to find the condition for the maximum value of the real parts of (denoted as ) to be negative. Then, all the quantities given by the capital characters in (IV.1) and (IV.1) become real numbers. Then we find the expression of for four cases,

We also find the expression of as follows,

For ,
for ,

This condition may reduce to the constraints on , , in etc. However, it is not straightforward to obtain the constraints on for each of models (or equivalently, for each of ) explicitly because the condition, , is the 12th order inequality with respect to and we cannot solve it analytically in general. Furthermore, as in the case of the one scalar k-essence model Saitou:2011hv (), it is very difficult to find the explicit form of even if we obtain the explicit constraints of since it is not an equality but an inequality. Therefore, from the condition for the stability of the solution, it is difficult to find the explicit form of the function for each of models. We can obtain, however, more explicit constraint for from the condition that the square of the sound speed should be positive, as we will see in the next subsection.

iv.2 Constraints from sound speed

We now consider the stability constraints coming from the sound speed of the scalar fields. By considering the perturbation of the scalar fields, we find the expressions of the sound speed () as follows,


The sound speed must be for the stability. This condition can be expressed as the constraints for the function for the reconstructed solution (27),

and (46)

Although the models in this paper could be regarded as an effective and classical low energy theory of more fundamental theories, we may also consider the (in)stability as a quantum theory. As a quantum theory, we require the conditions , , , and for stability and the conditions give the constraints and . If the universe has the phantom crossing time, however, the derivative of the energy density for the scalar fields in (27) changes its sign from negative to positive and therefore the reconstructed solution (27) of the evolution of the universe cannot be stable as a quantum theory at the phantom crossing time. We should note, however, that this analysis of the sound speed is valid only in the sub-horizon scale and in absence of the gravity because we do not consider the FLRW space-time and the gravitational fluctuations. Therefore, we do not take care of the quantum instability here and we only consider the classical stability of the models in the next section.

V Two scalar models

v.1 Model 1

As a first example of the model with phantom crossing, we consider the following model with matters:


where subscript “” denotes the present value of each parameter and the free parameter is the e-folding number at the phantom crossing time. The parameter is to be determined by the observational data and the stability constraints. The model (47) reduces to CDM model in the limit of .

At the point of the phantom crossing , we find


Therefore if we try to realize the development of the universe given by (47) by using one scalar model (3), the eigenvalue in (17) diverges at the crossing point and therefore the infinite instability is generated there. This tells that the development in (47) cannot be realized by one scalar model. In case of two scalar model, however, as we will see soon, the reconstructed solution becomes stable and the universe can develop as in (47).

In order to find the viable region of the parameter , we introduce cosmological parameters, the equation of state parameter , the deceleration parameter , the jerk parameter , and the snap parameter , whose present values are constrained by observations Amanullah:2010vv ():


The observational constraints to these parameters are shown in Table 1.

observables 68% CL
Table 1: The constraints for the cosmological parameters from the cosmological observation Amanullah:2010vv ().

In case of our model, the observable parameters can be expressed as


We show the viable region of the parameter for various values of in Table 2.

Table 2: The viable region of the parameter for various values of .

In order that the observational constraints could be satisfied, the phantom crossing must occur in future for any model (not in past), which is clear from the form of parameter in (50). When we change the variable form the cosmic time to the e-folding number , we used the Hubble parameter in CDM model as an approximation since is nearly for each case and therefore the energy density of the scalar fields do not vary so fast. Then the relation between the cosmic time and the e-folding number is now given by


where . We assume the universe was dominated by the matter from the time . When  yrs and  yrs, we obtain . If we assume that the expression in (52) is valid when , we can estimate the crossing time for each as shown in Table 2.

As a second step, we try to find the function so that the reconstructed solution (27) could be stable. We investigate two cases, and by putting . For both of the cases, we find that the solution is stable for ten or hundreds billion years (depending on the value of ) after the phantom crossing but becomes unstable at a later time. See Figure 1 and Table 3.

Figure 1: curve in the case of and . The region is stable but is unstable. This graph shows model 1 is stable for a few e-folding number after phantom crossing when .