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Advances in High Energy Physics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 789476, 7 pages
Research Article

Primordial Dark Energy from a Condensate of Spinors in a 5D Vacuum

1Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Funes 3350, 7600 Mar del Plata, Argentina
2Instituto de Investigaciones Físicas de Mar del Plata (IFIMAR), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), 7600 Mar del Plata, Argentina

Received 28 October 2013; Accepted 9 December 2013

Academic Editor: Kishor Adhav

Copyright © 2013 Pablo Alejandro Sánchez and Mauricio Bellini. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We explore the possibility that the expansion of the universe can be driven by a condensate of spinors which are free of interactions in a 5D relativistic vacuum defined in an extended de Sitter spacetime which is Riemann flat. The extra coordinate is considered as noncompact. After making a static foliation on the extra coordinate, we obtain an effective 4D (inflationary) de Sitter expansion which describes an inflationary universe. We found that the condensate of spinors studied here could be an interesting candidate to explain the presence of dark energy in the early universe. The dark energy density which we are talking about is poured into smaller subhorizon scales with the evolution of the inflationary expansion.

1. Introduction

Modern versions of 5D general relativity abandon the cylinder and compactification conditions used in original Kaluza-Klein (KK) theories, which caused problems with the cosmological constant and the masses of particles, and consider a large extra dimension. The main question that these approaches address is whether the four-dimensional properties of matter can be viewed as being purely geometrical in origin. In particular, the induced matter theory (IMT) [1, 2] is based on the assumption that ordinary matter and physical fields that we can observe in our 4D universe can be geometrically induced from a 5D Ricci-flat metric with a space-like noncompact extra dimension in which we define a physical vacuum. The Campbell-Magaard theorem (CMT) [3] serves as a ladder to go between manifolds whose dimensionality differs by one. Due to this theorem one can say that every solution of the 4D Einstein equations with arbitrary energy-momentum tensor can be embedded, at least locally, in a solution of the 5D Einstein field equations in a relativistic vacuum: . (We shall consider that capital letters and run from to in a 5D extended de Sitter spacetime (where the 3D Euclidean space is in Cartesian coordinates), small letters and run from to in a 5D Minkowsky spacetime (in cartasian coordinates), Greek letters and run from to , and latin letters and run from to .). Due to this fact the stress-energy may be a 4D manifestation of the embedding geometry and, therefore, by making a static foliation on the space-like extra coordinate of an extended 5D de Sitter spacetime, it is possible to obtain an effective 4D universe that suffered an exponential accelerated expansion driven by an effective scalar field with an equation of state typically dominated by vacuum [47]. An interesting problem in modern cosmology relies on explaining the physical origin of the cosmological constant, which is responsible for the exponential expansion of the early inflationary universe. The standard explanation for the early universe expansion is that it is driven by the inflaton field [8]. Many cosmologists mean that such acceleration (as well as the present day accelerated expansion of the universe) could be driven by some exotic energy called dark energy. Most versions of inflationary cosmology require one scalar inflaton field which drives the accelerated expansion of the early universe with an equation of state governed by the vacuum [9]. The parameters of this scalar field must be rather finely tuned in order to allow adequate inflation and an acceptable magnitude for density perturbations. The need for this field is one of the less satisfactory features of inflationary models. Consequently, we believe that it is of interest to explore variations of inflation in which the role of the scalar field is played by some other field [10, 11]. Recently the possibility that such expansion can be explained by a condensate of dark spinors has been explored [12]. This interesting idea was recently revived in the framework of the induced matter theory (IMT) [13]. In this work we shall extend this idea.

2. The Effective Lagrangian in a 5D Riemann-Flat Spacetime

We are concerned with a 5D Riemann-flat spacetime with a line element given by where and are the usual local spacetime coordinate systems and is the noncompact space-like extra dimension.

We start from an effective Lagrangian density for non massive fermions in 5D: At this point it is easy to obtain the equations of motion from a variational principle. The Euler-Lagrange equations for both and can be obtained making the following functional derivatives: where the effective current is symmetric with respect to permutations of and , and is antisymmetric [14]. At this point we are in conditions of introducing the stress tensor :

Applying the compatibility condition on the metric , we obtain and we obtain that the equation for the spinor takes the form The same procedure yields an identical equation for the field . On the other hand, the 5D Einstein equation for the Riemann-flat metric (1) is where denotes the expectation value of in the vacuum state .

2.1. Tensorial Formulation of the Equation of Motion

Using the formalism previously introduced, the double Nabla can be expressed explicitly: where the spin connection is and .

(The tensors can be written using the vielbein and its inverse , such that, if , then where is the 5D Minkowsky tensor metric with signature .)

Thus, after replacing the last expression in the equation of motion (9) we obtain Here, we have made use of the fact that , and . Once we simplify some terms, we obtain Finally, the equation of motion for the spinors assumes its final form which is very difficult to be resolved because the fields are coupled.

2.2. Conformal Mapping Based Solution

In order to simplify the structure of (15), we shall introduce the following transformation on the spinor components: where components are grouped as With this representation we obtain the equation of motion for and : Here, we have adopted the following conventions: Now we can use the conformal mapping defining new complex fields and . Rewriting (18) in terms of these new fields, it is possible to decouple the first equation, while the other coupling becomes a source for the second equation: Then, after few calculations, the Lagrangian density written in terms of the new fields takes the form or, alternatively, can be written as a function of the pair : On the other hand the 5D energy-momentum (EM) tensor is represented by . This procedure takes place in a 5D vacuum. Therefore, the effective Lagrangian and the EM tensor are involved directly with the cosmological observables we wish to evaluate. The observables to which we refer are energy density and pressure. Both come from the diagonal part of the EM tensor.

2.3. Extra Dimensional Solution for

We shall use the variable separation method in the homogeneous PDE (20); we obtain the following set of ODEs: Equation (24) has a solution that can be written in terms of plane wavefront The second equation (25) has a general solution: Since we are interested in “localized” static solutions, that is, those that decay to zero when tends to infinity, we must choose , so that . This choice makes , with and , in order to get .

2.4. Extra Dimensional Solution for

Now we are able to calculate the coupling term of the inhomogeneous equation (21) for each mode (see (37)): Using the last expression in (21), we obtain a degenerate two-component system; for the spinor . (Henceforth we are concerned with asymptotic solutions; that is, only the infrared limit has cosmological significance.) Again, a plane wavefront satisfies the spatial part. By inserting and multiplying by , we obtain This inhomogeneous PDE can be converted to one with a constant coupling. In order to make the right side of (30) constant, we shall propose Finally, we must solve the follwing equation:

3. Effective Dynamics on the 4D Hypersurface

In order to describe the effective 4D dynamics of the physical system in the early inflationary universe with an effective 4D de Sitter expansion, we shall consider a static foliation on the 5D metric (1). The resulting 4D hypersurface after making the static foliation describes an effective 3D spatially flat, isotropic, and homogeneous de Sitter four-dimensional expanding universe with a constant Hubble parameter , with a line element From the relativistic point of view, an observer moves in a comoving frame with the five-velocity on a 4D hypersurface with a scalar curvature , such that the Hubble parameter and thus also the cosmological constant are defined by the foliation .

3.1. Time-Dependent Modes of

The solution for the time-dependent equation (26) can be expanded in terms of first- and second-kind Hankel functions: where . After making a Bunch-Davies normalization of the modes [15] we obtain the solution Since we are interested to describe the universe on super-Hubble cosmological scales, we must acquire ; we reject solutions that go to zero at late times. The asymptotic behavior of on cosmological scales will be Finally, the degenerate two-component spinor can be expanded as a function of the modes and their conjugated complex.

3.2. The Time-Dependent Modes for

The homogeneous solution , of (32), is where and the squared mass of is , which is definitely positive for (with ). In order get to the -dependent solution of , we shall require that and , for , such that . After taking the asymptotic limit on cosmological scales we obtain that the modes , for , are where . Notice that we have neglected the inhomogenoues part of its solution because it is negligible on these large super-Hubble scales at the end of inflation.

As can be demonstrated the solution on cosmological scales, once we consider . Hence, the homogeneous solution is a very acceptable solution at the end of inflation for the time-dependent modes of . In other words, at the end of inflation the effective 4D bosons can be decoupled on cosmological scales.

3.3. 4D Einstein Equations

The effective 4D Lagrangian density (23) is expressed in terms of the fields , which can be thought of as two minimally coupled bosons; Since the effective 4D potential resulting is which is induced by the static foliation on the fifth coordinate . This effective 4D potential is responsible to provide us with the dynamics of the fields on the effective 4D hypersurface on which the equation of state is . The energy density and pressure related to these fields are obtained from the diagonal part of the energy-momentum tensor written in a mixed manner: where is some quantum state, , , and An interesting asymptotic solution can be obtained by considering the expectation values of, for instance, some quadratic scalar , as where is some minimum cut for the wavenumber to be determined and and are the maximum wavenumbers to the modes of and , respectively. The expectation values for the radiation energy density and the pressure are given by the follwing expressions: Since we are interested to find solutions with and that correspond to , we must consider the values and . In order to calculate the coefficients corresponding to the factors and if we require that , we obtain that such that from (47) we obtain that . Furthermore, due to the fact that the equation of state is , we must require that from which we obtain that . Notice that we have neglected in and terms which are very small with respect to and decrease as . With the values earlier mentioned for , , and , we arrive at the numerical values , , , and , which correspond to . These values perfectly accord with that one expects during an inflationary vacuum dominated expansion of the early universe. A very important fact is that the dark energy is outside the horizon at the beginning of inflation but during the inflationary epoch enters to causally connected regions. In other words the dark energy is concentrated in the range of scales (physical scales) . Hence, the effective 4D scalar (massive) field should be an interesting candidate to explain dark energy in the early inflationary universe.

4. Final Remarks

We have explored the possibility that the expansion of the universe during the primordial inflationary phase of the universe can be driven by a condensate of spinor fields. In our picture are effective fields which from a condensate of two entangled spinors. The fields are decoupled at the end of inflation. In all our analysis we have neglected the role of the inflaton field, which (in a de Sitter expansion) is freezed in amplitude and nearly scale invariant but decays at the end of inflation into other fields. The point here is how we explain the existence of dark energy once the inflaton field energy density goes to zero. Our proposal is consistent to prove that the dark energy could be physically explained though the entanglement of spinor fields that behave as effective 1-spin and 0-spin bosons on a 4D hypersurface on which the universe suffers a vacuum dominated expansion. The equation of state of the universe is determined by the static foliation . Our calculations show that the vector boson is massless and with spin , and therefore compatible with the properties of a massless vector boson. On the other hand the field is a scalar boson which could be (jointly with the inflaton) responsible for the expansion of the universe and would be a good candidate to explain the existence of the dark energy. (Other fields such as the curvaton field [16] have been proposed in the literature to explain it.) A very interesting fact is that the (dark) energy density which we are talking about is poured into smaller subhorizon scales with the evolution of the inflationary expansion.


The authors acknowledge UNMdP and CONICET, Argentina, for financial support.


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