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Tanwi Bandyopadhyay, "Thermodynamic Prescription of Cosmological Constant in the Randall-Sundrum II Brane", Advances in High Energy Physics, vol. 2018, Article ID 3752641, 8 pages, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3752641
Thermodynamic Prescription of Cosmological Constant in the Randall-Sundrum II Brane
In this work, we apply the quantum corrected entropy function derived from the Generalized Uncertainty Principle (GUP) to the holographic equipartition law to study the cosmological scenario in the Randall-Sundrum (RS) II brane. An extra driving term has come up in the effective Friedmann equation for a homogeneous, isotropic, and spatially flat universe. Further, thermodynamic prescription of the universe constraints this term eventually with an order equivalent to that of the cosmological constant.
In order to give an explanation of higher-dimensional theory, Randall and Sundrum [1, 2] proposed an idea of a bulk-brane model, where the four-dimensional world in which we live is called the 3-brane (a domain wall) that is embedded in a higher-dimensional space-time (bulk). According to the theory, the brane confines all the matter field; only gravity propagates in the bulk. Moreover the extra fifth dimension need not be finite; it can extend to infinity in either side of the brane. The concept of brane world scenarios shows a possibility to resolve the problem of unification of all forces and particles in nature. The main equations governing the cosmological evolutions of the brane differ from the corresponding Friedmann equations in standard cosmology [3–6]. The difference lies in the fact that the energy density of the brane appears to be in a quadratic form whereas, in standard cosmology, the energy density appears linearly in the field equations. This model is also consistent with string theory and may resolve the so-called hierarchy problem or the source of dark energy and dark matter [7, 8]. The later theory is one of the overwhelming theories of the current era. The concept of dark matter had been first proposed [9, 10] in the context of studying galaxy clusters. The dark energy, on the other hand, is a completely new component which produces sufficient negative pressure. This drives the cosmic acceleration which has also been substantiated by the observational evidence over the years. The observational data clearly states that the current universe is flat having an approximate cosmic content of 21% dark matter, 72% dark energy, and the rest in the form of visible matter and radiation. All these imply that the standard cosmological models need to be modified with the models of dark matter and dark energy. Unfortunately, very little is known about dark energy. Hence there exist many prospective candidates for this cosmic component. Among them, cosmological constant is the most popular having an equation of state . This model is known as the CDM model (cold dark matter) [11–14]. This theory has a major drawback in terms of order of measurement. The observed value of is many orders of magnitude smaller than its theoretical value predicted in quantum field theory. This is termed as the cosmological constant problem and, to resolve this, one of the many proposed cosmological models is the varying cosmological constant (CDM) model [15–20].
On the other hand, one of the key features of quantum theory of gravity is called the holographic principle. This states that, in a bounded system, the number of degrees of freedom is associated with entropy and scales with the area enclosed [21–23]. Under this principle, gravity is shown to be an entropic force derived from the changes in the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy [24–26]. Further, many studies focussed on derivation and investigation of the Friedmann and acceleration equations in the background of entropic cosmology [27–29]. Various forms of entropy have been applied in these studies [30–37]. In some of them, an extra driving term is derived from entropic forces on the horizon of the universe in order to explain its accelerated expansion. Intrigued by the holographic principle, very recently Padmanabhan  has proposed a different approach saying that the cosmic space is emergent as the cosmic time progresses. It has been termed the holographic equipartition law. According to this, the rate of expansion of the universe is related to the difference between the surface degrees of freedom on the holographic horizon and the bulk degrees of freedom inside. Keeping this in the background, the cosmological equations were derived and examined both in classical and in modified theories of gravity [39–45]. For most of these studies, the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy played the major role.
Very recently, a similar study has been carried out in , where a modified Rényi entropy was chosen instead of the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy and a constant-like term was obtained in the field equations. Imposing an analytical constraint, this term showed behavior similar to the varying cosmological constant. Further, the power-law corrected entropy was also tested in the same mechanism and similar results were found in . This surely necessitates more investigation into the alternative studies of dark energy and the cosmological constant in modified gravity theories. We have followed this novel approach to study the underlying cosmological scenario in the RS II brane model considering the quantum corrected form of the entropy function derived from the Generalized Uncertainty Principle (GUP) . A similar study has been carried out in  in Einstein’s gravity but our entropy function is unique in its form. The necessity and motivation for choosing this entropy function was discussed later in detail. The GUP corrected entropy was applied to the holographic equipartition law in a four-dimensional universe embedded in a conformally flat five-dimensional space-time. Consequently, an analogous extra driving term is derived in the modified Friedmann equations. Further thermodynamical investigations showed that this extra term is of an order identical to the order of cosmological constant.
The paper is organized in the following way: In Section 2, we briefly review the CDM model and the modified field equations in the context of brane world gravity. In Section 3, the expansion of the cosmic space is treated as an emergent process and the modified Friedmann equations are retrieved from the holographic equipartition law in the absence of any dark energy component. Section 4 presents a brief review of GUP corrected entropy. Section 4.1 discusses the results of application of GUP corrected entropy into the holographic equipartition law. In Section 4.2, the validity of the Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics (GSLT) is assumed and the behavior of the extra driving term is analyzed. Finally, a brief discussion on our study is made in Section 5.
2. Main Equations: CDM Model in Brane World
A homogeneous, isotropic, spatially flat Friedmann-Robertson-Walker (FRW) universe in the natural unit system () is given bywhich is considered to be embedded in a conformally flat five-dimensional space-time. The form of the energy momentum tensor for a combination of dark matter and dark energy is
Generally a barotropic equation of state is chosen for the matter part on the brane having energy density and pressure and a variable cosmological constant is chosen as the component of dark energy having energy density and pressure . The four-velocity in the comoving coordinate system takes the form . Thus the effective Einstein equations on the brane are and
where is the total energy density, is the total pressure, is the positive brane tension, the Hubble parameter is given by , and a(t) is the scale factor in the flat FRW brane model.
For the present brane model with matter field given by (2), the explicit form of the energy momentum conservation relation () is
Instead of a variable , if we choose a constant , then the field equations together with the continuity equation will be identical to the corresponding equations in the standard CDM model.
3. Field Equations Derived from the Holographic Equipartition Law
For a pure de Sitter universe with Hubble parameter , the holographic principle can be described by the relation 
where denotes the number of the degrees of freedom on the holographic screen with Hubble radius :
Here is the entropy on the Hubble horizon. The number of degrees of freedom in bulk is said to obey the equipartition law of energy
In the context of brane world models, the induced active gravitational mass on the brane has the form 
for the choice of the matter field (2). The parameter is defined later. Using the above expression of and the horizon temperature , we get the expression of as
Since the real world is not purely but asymptotically de Sitter, therefore one may propose that the expansion rate of the cosmic volume is related to the difference of these two degrees of freedom. The analytical form of this is described as 
Here, we have considered that there is no dark energy component in the 3-brane, i.e., . In this case for the acceleration of the universe. Hence from (11) and (14), the definition of the parameter is well justified.
The acceleration equation is therefore read as
Thus we have derived the acceleration equation from the holographic equipartition law and an extra driving term appears on the right side of the equation. This term vanishes when one chooses the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy for . The acceleration equation will then be
which is identical to (6) with . Hence in this case, the field equation and the corresponding energy conservation equation become
However, any other form of will not result in the above set of equations and the cosmological implications will definitely be something else.
4. GUP Corrected Entropy on the Horizon
In recent years, a number of studies in general relativity and modified gravity theories came to surface due to the discovery of different aspects of black hole solutions. Black holes are thermodynamic objects with well-defined entropy. Generally, the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy [52–54]
is chosen for the same. Here is the surface area of the sphere with the Hubble horizon and m is the Planck length. With , we can write
Instead of a flat universe, if we choose a nonflat universe, then the apparent horizon should be used as the horizon radius instead of the Hubble horizon. Corrections in this entropy formula were needed to accommodate the newly emerging physics from string theory and loop quantum gravity (LQG). Several of these theories predicted quantum corrections to the entropy-area relation [55–64]
where the coefficients are model dependent parameters. Recent rigorous calculations from LQG have fixed the value of . On the other hand, Mead  first pointed out that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle could be affected by gravity. Later, a considerable amount of effort had been put to the modified commutation relations between position and momenta commonly known as the Generalized Uncertainty Principle (GUP) from different perspectives of quantum aspects of gravity. All these studies eventually led to the GUP corrected entropy form [66–69]
Here is a dimensionless constant prescribed in the deformed commutation relations . The leading contribution of this new entropy function lies in its second term . This is an extra term to the already existing logarithmic correction to entropy derived from the quantum gravity effects. Due to the difference in the leading order correction term, the underlying nature of such model needs to be investigated in four-dimensional Einstein’s gravity as well as in higher-dimensional modified theories of gravity. Based on many similarities between the black hole horizon and cosmological horizon and on the assumption that the universe should be described by the quantum language, we employ this newly obtained GUP corrected entropy of the black hole horizon as the entropy of the cosmological horizon in the natural unit system
which on further calculation becomes
Here . The novelty of this expression is that when , then becomes .
4.1. Consequences of GUP Corrected Entropy into the Holographic Equipartition Law
Here, we apply the GUP corrected entropy function into the holographic equipartition law; i.e., we consider that
Substituting this new form of in (17), we have
The extra driving term appearing on the right side of the equation needs to be positive for the current cosmic acceleration.
In the brane world gravity, the field equations together with the continuity equation then become
where the extra term is given by
Let us now discuss the evolution of this extra driving term from entropy function (27) and acceleration equation (30). Equation (30) is the final equation incorporating all three corrections. As is positive, hence the following restriction is to be obeyed by the parameters for to be positive:
Again for the current cosmic acceleration
A similar constraint can be derived from the study of the Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics (GSLT) as presented in the following subsection.
4.2. Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics (GSLT)
Here we shall discuss the GSLT in the current prescription. Considering as the total entropy of the universe, one can write
where is the entropy of matter inside the horizon. From (27), we can write
Since , to satisfy , the following restriction needs to be obeyed:
where is the volume inside the horizon and stands for the internal energy. The temperature of the matter inside the horizon has been assumed to be equivalent to the horizon temperature . In absence of any dark energy component, this equation takes the form
Again as , to satisfy , the following condition must be attained:
This result is analogous to the one presented in both [46, 47], though, in the former study, a mathematical condition was imposed to obtain similar restriction while, in the latter, it evolved through the validity of the GSLT. Further probing into the standard CDM model, we obtain . This implies that
As from the Planck (2015) results , , which is of order one. This yields to
Thus the order of the extra driving term in the acceleration equation becomes equivalent to the order of the cosmological constant term. This result however seems to be model-independent as the positive brane tension did not play any significant role in deriving the analogy.
In the present work, our aim was to study the cosmic evolution in the brane world gravity with the help of the holographic equipartition law. We have applied the quantum corrected form of the entropy function derived from the Generalized Uncertainty Principle in the holographic equipartition law to derive the modified cosmological equations in a homogeneous, isotropic, and spatially flat 3-brane embedded in a five-dimensional bulk. The novelty of the study lies in the form of the entropy function. It was noticed that the acceleration equation contains an extra driving term of an order consistent with the order of the cosmological constant. A similar constraint was obtained assuming the validity of GSLT. The study remained to be model-independent and the positive brane tension did not play any crucial role for the attained result. However, it should be understood that our aim was not to verify the GSLT in the modified gravity theory. Rather we were interested in the evolution of the extra driving term appearing in the acceleration equation due to imposition of the holographic equipartition law for a specific GUP corrected entropy function whose leading order term is different from the existing forms. This may shed new light on the studies of the cosmological constant problem in modified gravity theories.
The data used to support the findings of this study are included within the article.
Conflicts of Interest
The author declares that they have no conflicts of interest.
The author is thankful to IUCAA, Pune, for their warm hospitality and excellent research facilities where part of the work has been done during a visit under the Associateship Programme.
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