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Coupled inflation and brane gases

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Article number083514
Journal publication date18/04/2005
JournalPhysical Review D
Journal number8
Volume71
Number of pages9
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We study an effective four-dimensional theory with an action with two scalar fields minimally coupled to gravity, and with a matter action which couples to the two scalar fields via an overall field-dependent coefficient in the action. Such a theory could arise from a dimensional reduction of supergravity coupled to a gas of branes winding the compactified dimensions. We show the existence of solutions corresponding to power-law inflation. The graceful exit from inflation can be obtained by postulating the decay of the branes, as would occur if the branes are unstable in the vacuum and stabilized at high densities by plasma effects. This construction provides an avenue for connecting string gas cosmology and the late-time universe.

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© 2005 The American Physical Society 11 pages