Towards a singularity-free inflationary universe?

Nemanja Kaloper, Richard Madden, Keith A. Olive

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We consider the problem of constructing a non-singular inflationary universe in stringy gravity via branch changing, from a previously superexponentially expanding phase to an FRW-like phase. Our approach is based on the phase space analysis of the dynamics, and we obtain a no-go theorem which rules out the efficient scenario of branch changing catalyzed by dilaton potential and stringy fluid sources. We furthermore consider the effects of string-loop corrections to the gravitational action in the form recently suggested by Damour and Polyakov. These corrections also fail to produce the desired branch change. However, focusing on the possibility that these corrections may decouple the dilaton, we deduce that they may lead to an inflationary expansion in the presence of a cosmological constant, which asymptotically approaches Einstein-de Sitter solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-702
Number of pages26
JournalNuclear Physics, Section B
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 16 1995

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Funding Information:
We would like to thank B.A. Campbell, C. Kounnas and R.C. Myers for helpful conversations. This work was supported in part by DOE grant DE-FG02-94ER40823, and in part by NSERC of Canada. NK was also supported in part by an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship.


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