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Journal of Gravity
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 491905, 11 pages
Scalar-Tensor Bianchi VI Models
Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Received 20 February 2013; Accepted 13 May 2013
Academic Editor: Kazuharu Bamba
Copyright © 2013 J. A. Belinchón. 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 study how may vary the gravitational and the cosmological “constants,” ( and ) in several scalar-tensor theories with Bianchi III, , and symmetries. By working under the hypothesis of self-similarity we find exact solutions for two different theoretical models, which are the Jordan-Brans-Dicke (JBD) with and the usual JBD model with potential (that mimics the behaviour of . We compare both theoretical models, and some physical and geometrical properties of the solutions are also discussed putting special emphasis on the study of the isotropization of the solutions.
Current observations of the large scale Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) suggest to us that our physical universe is expanding in an accelerated way. Such observations [1–3] indicate that the universe is dominated by an unidentified “dark energy” (DE) and suggest that this unidentified dark energy has a negative pressure [4–6]. This last characteristic of the dark energy points to the vacuum energy or cosmological constant , as a possible candidate for dark energy. From the theoretical point of view, it is convenient to consider the cosmological constant as a dynamical quantity in order to solve the so-called coincidence and fine tuning problems. In the same way other observations have pointed out a possible variation of the gravitational constant [7, 8]. For example, observations of Hulse-Taylor binary pulsar [9, 10], and type Ia supernova observations . For an extensive review see Uzan .
We have several theoretical models that consider both constants as variable with respect to the cosmic time. Such theories are modified general relativity (MGR), modified scalar cosmological models (MST), and several scalar-tensor theories (STT). The MGR and MST have a drawback, since in them the variations of and are introduced in an ad hoc manner. Nevertheless we consider that the STT are the best models to study the variation of and , since they have been deduced form variational principles and where the time dependence can occur in a natural way, without any new assumption or modification of the theory. This class of models has received a renewed interest in recent times, for two main reasons. Firstly, the new inflationary scenario as the extended inflation has a scalar field that solves several problems present in the old theories. Secondly, string theories and other unified theories contain a scalar field which plays a similar role to the scalar field of the STT. The scalar-tensor theories started with the work of Jordan in 1950 . A prototype of such models was proposed by Brans and Dicke in 1961 . Their aim for presenting this model was to modify Einstein’s theory in such a way as to incorporate the so-called “Mach principle.” These theories have been generalized by Bergmann , Nordtvedt , and Wagoner . For a recent review of this class of theories we refer to [18, 19].
In a recent paper,  we have considered a family of scalar-tensor theories under the hypothesis of self-similarity. They are the Jordan-Brans-Dicke model with a dynamical cosmological constant (JBD)  and with a potential (JBD) , which is equivalent to a time-dependent cosmological constant. For such theoretical models, we proved how must behave each physical quantity under the hypothesis of self-similarity.
We have focused our attention on this class of solutions, since as has been pointed out by Rosquist and Jantzen  (for a precise definition of self similar models, see for instance ), self-similar models correspond to equilibrium points, playing a dominant role in the dynamics of Bianchi cosmological models. For this reason, Coley  has stressed the fact that self-similar models play an important role in describing the asymptotic dynamics of the Bianchi models. A large class of orthogonal spatially homogeneous models (including all class B models) are asymptotically self-similar at the initial singularity and are approximated by exact perfect fluid or vacuum self-similar power-law models. In the same way, exact self-similar power-law models can also approximate general Bianchi models at intermediate stages of their evolution and which is also important, and self-similar solutions can describe the behavior of Bianchi models at late times. Furthermore working under the hypothesis of self-similarity allows us to find exact power-law solutions in such a way that we may compare the obtained solution for each studied model.
By applying the theoretical results obtained in  we have studied how may vary and in the described theoretical models using different geometries as Bianchi I , Bianchi II , Bianchi V, and IX  and Kantowsky-Sach . In this paper, enlarging the program, we would like to study the case of family of Bianchi VI geometry, that is, Bianchi III, , and .
Therefore, the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2 we start by revising the theoretical results obtained in . Once all the theoretical ingredients have been exposed, in Section 3 we begin describing the main results concerning to the Bianchi VI geometry and its self-similar restrictions. Section 4 is devoted to find exact self-similar solutions for the described theoretical models: JBD and JBD. We put special emphasis on the study of the isotropization of the solutions. We end in Section 5 with a brief summary of the main results and conclusions.
2. Theoretical Models
The first of the scalar-tensor model is described by the field equations : , where is the Einstein tensor and is the effective stress-energy tensor defined by where is the stress-energy tensor of the ordinary matter, in this case a perfect fluid model defined by and where the -velocity is defined by , is the energy density, and is the pressure. They are related by the equation of state (EoS): , with . is defined as follows: where is the scalar function, considering only that and is a potential function and plays the role of a cosmological constant, and is the coupling function of the particular theory (the Brans-Dicke parameter), that could be considered as variable.
The conservation equations are where is the trace of the stress-energy tensor and . The gravitational coupling is given by
In a recent paper , we have proved that in the framework of self-similar and power-law solutions the main quantities must behave as follow: in such a way that the parameters must verify the following relationship: , with , being a positive constant, that it is defined by the exponents of the scale factor of the metric (we are only interested in power-law and self-similar solutions), and .
The second theoretical model is described by the following field equations (see, for instance, [18, 20]): with and the conservation equations for the scalar and matter fields where is the scalar curvature and . The function plays the role of a dynamical cosmological constant. The effective gravitational constant between two test masses measured in laboratory Cavendish-type experiments is given by
If , , then we obtain with where is defined by (3), is defined by (4), and the reduced equation of motion for yields with . Ordinary matter satisfies the conservation equation . Therefore, in this model, the effective gravitational constant behaves as
As we have shown in , in the framework of self-similar and power-law solutions, the main quantities must behave as follows: where , such that . Note that as in the model, .
3. The Metric
Throughout the paper will denote the usual smooth (connected, Hausdorff, fourdimensional) spacetime manifold with smooth Lorentz metric of signature (see, for instance, ). Thus is paracompact. A comma, semicolon and the symbol denote the usual partial, covariant, and Lie derivative, respectively, the covariant derivative being with respect to the Levi-Civita connection on derived from . The associated Ricci and stress-energy tensors will be denoted in component form by () and , respectively. We will use a system of units where .
A Bianchi VI spacetime is a spatially homogeneous spacetime which admits a group of isometries , acting on spacelike hypersurfaces, generated by the spacelike Killing vectors field (KVs): and therefore the nonzero structure constants are , . In synchronous coordinates, the metric is where the metric functions , , and are functions of the time coordinate only. As it is observed, the metric (18) collapses to the following cases: if , then the metric collapses to Bianchi type V with and therefore ; if , then the metric collapses to Bianchi type with the following KVF: and therefore ;(3) if , then the model collapses to Bianchi I model with and .
For the metric (18) we may find the following homothetic vector field (HVF) , defined by (see [22, 23]): with the following restrictions on the scale factors: where , and without loss of generality we may set . In this way the HVF may be written in the following form: in such a way that the metric (18) collapses to The Hubble parameter , under these restrictions, is defined by with .
In this paper we study the following cases. Model Bianchi type (), where its metric is defined by or that is, and or and . With these restrictions the deceleration , anisotropic , and gravitational entropy parameters yield where is the square shear and is the Weyl curvature scalar (see for instance ). The second Kretschmann scalar is defined by ; for a precise definition of gravitational entropy, see .Model Bianchi type (), described by the metric with , , and . The main kinematical quantities yield We also may define a metric by following the way suggested by Stephani et al. , that is, by considering the KVF: with and therefore we obtain but as we have pointed out in , with this metric we obtain a very complicate field equation (FE), since they depend on trigonometric functions.To end, a Bianchi type () is defined by with , , and. With these restrictions, we obtain where For the metric (18) the Einstein tensor yields where .
4.1. Model with Cosmological Constant (JBD)
4.1.1. Bianchi III Solution
For this metric, we have found the following solution: where
In the first place, we would like to stress that the cosmological constant vanishes, so this model does not describe its possible variation. By fixing the Brans-Dicke parameter, , we may see that the solution is valid for all , since the energy density behaves as a positive decreasing time function for these values of the EoS (we have set for physical reasons). The solution is not inflationary for all , precisely only if . With regard to the anisotropic parameters, we find that the solution cannot be considered as isotropic with regard to the first anisotropic parameter, since , for all , that is, ; note that when tends to zero, takes the value . Nevertheless, we may say that the solution is isotropic with regard to the second anisotropic parameter, since , for all . The gravitational entropy ; it does not show any pathological behaviour and takes values close to zero for all . To end the analysis of this solution, the effective gravitational constant behaves as a time decreasing function for all , since for these values the parameter is positive.
4.1.2. Bianchi Solution
By solving the associated algebraic system to the FE we have found the following solution: with
As we may observe, we have again obtained , which is not in agreement with the current observations and which is worse, and we cannot describe its possible time variation. The solution is only valid for all , since for these values of the EoS, the energy density is positive, that is, . By setting the Brans-Dicke parameter, , we find that the parameter vanishes at , being positive, , for all ; therefore, the effective gravitational constant is decreasing when , for all , constant at , and growing when for all . The solution is not inflationary, since the deceleration parameter is always positive, for all . Nevertheless we may conclude that the solution is isotropic, since both anisotropic parameters are close to zero, , in such a way that only when , while , for all . However, the gravitational entropy only takes values close to zero in a small neighborhood of , tending to in the rest of the interval.
4.1.3. Bianchi Solution
In this case we have obtained the following solution: being only valid for ; note that for this value the wave equation for the scalar field is easier to solve than in the previously cases, since the trace of the matter stress-energy tensor vanishes. In this solution the cosmological constant takes values different than zero, that is, , so we are able to describe its behaviour. We have expressed the solution depending on two parameters, and ; therefore it is necessary to carry out a numerical analysis in order to interpreted it. As usual, we start by fixing the numerical value of the Brans-Dicke parameter, , and we consider that the parameters of the scale factors and vary in the interval . In the first place we have calculated the set of values where the parameters vanish. In Figure 1 we have plotted this situation finding that the solution is only valid within this small tubular neighborhood. In Figure 2, we have detailed how behave each parameter , , and . As we can see, the energy density is positive in this small tubular neighborhood where furthermore the cosmological constant is also positive expect in a very small subinterval where it is negative and vanishes (see Figure 2).
If, for example, we set , then we have obtained the following results (see Figure 3). The energy density parameter is only positive, , if and only if , while the cosmological constant is negative, , if and only if , note that , finding that, , for all . In the same way, we may see that the parameter of the scalar field, , only vanishes, , if . In this way we may arrive at the conclusion that the effective gravitational constant is decreasing if , constant at , where furthermore and , and if , then is growing and .
The solution is not inflationary, since the deceleration parameter is positive in , and we may say that it is isotropic, since both anisotropic parameters take values close to zero (see Figure 4); only when and tend to zero (which is not physically realistic) we may observe that , while . The gravitational entropy takes the following values: in .
4.2. Model with Potential (JBDU)
With these FE and the conservations ones we have obtained the following solution for each of the studied cases.
4.2.1. Bianchi Solutions
For this model we have get two solutions. For the first solutions we have obtained the following results: From the expression for we may obtain an exact expression for , getting and therefore we obtain the following results for the parameters and : Therefore, we begin by studying the set of points where the scale factor vanishes, so and, in the same way, we calculate the set of values where the parameters vanish. The numerical analysis performed shows us that the energy density is only positive in a small tubular neighborhood with and . In the same neighborhood the potential and the parameter vanish (see Figure 5). If, for example, we set and the Brans-Dicke parameter, , we may see in Figure 6 that the solution is only valid for all , that is, a neighborhood of a critical value of the EoS , since the energy density only is positive in this neighborhood, , where furthermore the scalar field is also positive, (see Figure 6). In this interval the potential function (the cosmological constant) behaves as follow: if and only if , and , in such a way that , for all , being positive in the rest of the interval. The parameter of the scalar field vanishes at , being if and if ; therefore, the effective gravitational constant decreases if is constant at and is growing when , for all . The solution is not inflationary, since for all and . To end, we may say that the solution isotropizes since and . In the same way we conclude that the gravitational entropy takes values very close to zero in the interval .In the second solution we get . This solution is equal to the obtained one in the case of JBD, so the conclusions are the same as the obtained ones in such case.
4.2.2. Bianchi Solutions
We have obtained two solutions for this case.In the first of them we get , , , and , obtaining From the expression of , we get : where and therefore As mentioned above, we need to perform a numerical analysis to analyze the solution. With , we find that the quantities only vanish in a tubular neighborhood, being the solution valid if and as it is shown in Figure 7. If, for example, we set , then we may understand how each quantity behaves. The energy density is only positive, , in the interval for all , that is, in a small neighborhood of the critical value of the EoS . As we can see in Figure 8 in such interval the scalar field is also positive . The potential behaves as follows: if and only if and , so , for all , and therefore , for all . The parameter vanishes at in such a way that if and if ; therefore, the effective gravitational constant behaves as a growing time function if , and it is constant at and is decreasing if , for all . The solution is not inflationary, for all and . With regard to the isotropization of the solution, we reach the conclusion that it isotropizes, since , and for all and . In the same way, the gravitational entropy takes values very close to zero. With regard to the second solution, we have obtained , and therefore it is similar to the obtained one in the model JBD.
4.2.3. Bianchi Solution
We have only obtained one solution which quite similar to the obtained one in the model JBD. The solution is the following one: Therefore we arrive at the same conclusions as in the previously model with .
We have studied how may vary the “constants” and (or ) in two different scalar-tensor models: the JBD model with and the JBD model with potential . Under the hypothesis of self-similarity we have been able to obtain exact solutions for the Bianchi VI geometry (including types III, , and ), which allow us to compare them. We have reached the conclusion that the possible variation of the cosmological constant is better described within the JBD theoretical framework, since with the JBD model usually vanishes. We have summarized in Table 1 the set of solutions that we have found for both models, JBD and JBD.
With regard to the first of the studied models, the JBD, we have been able to obtain a solution for each geometry. The first of them (Bianchi III) is only valid for all and predicts that the cosmological constant vanishes, , which is in contradiction with the current observations. Nevertheless we have studied this solution reaching the conclusion that it is noninflationary and does not isotropize with respect to the first anisotropic parameter . The effective gravitational constant is always decreasing for all . In the case of the Bianchi type we have found that the cosmological constant is also zero, , but the solution is valid for all . The effective gravitational constant shows a different behaviour depending on the EoS . It may be growing if , constant at , and it behaves as a decreasing time function if , where . The solution isotropizes, and it is noninflationary. The solution obtained for the model Bianchi type has a nonzero cosmological constant, , but the solution is only valid for a particular value of the EoS, . It is also noninflationary, and it isotropizes. The numerical analysis carryout shows us that the solution is only valid in a small tubular neighborhood, where in fact the amplitude of this neighborhood depends on the value of the Brans-Dicke parameter in such a way that if future observations fix an upper limit for this constant then the diameter of this tubular neighborhood will be small. In this tubular neighborhood, the energy density is positive as well as the cosmological constant . However, there is a really small subtubular neighborhood where vanishes, or it is negative. In this way we have concluded that the solution predicts a (except within this subtubular neighborhood) in agreement with the observations, while the effective gravitational constant may be growing, constant at a critical point (where the parameter vanishes), and decreasing.
With regard to the model with potential, JBD, we have obtained solutions similar to the obtained ones in the model JBD, and therefore we have reached the same conclusions. Nevertheless we have also obtained other solutions which predict a nonvanishing cosmological constant, in this case , for the geometries Bianchi types III and . In the case of the Bianchi type III, the solution is only valid in a small tubular neighborhood, where and . In this tubular neighborhood the energy density is positive, and the solution predicts that the potential function (that mimics the behaviour of the cosmological constant) is also positive except in a very small subtubular neighborhood where it is negative or vanishes. Within this neighborhood the effective gravitational constant may be growing, constant at a critical point (where the parameter vanishes), or decreasing depending of the values of and . To end, the solution found for the model Bianchi type with is only valid in a small tubular neighborhood, where and , it is noninflationary and isotropizes. In this neighborhood the quantities , , and show similar behaviour as the described ones in this kind of solutions, that is, , (except in a small subtubular neighborhood), and is growing, constant, or decreasing depending on the parameters and .
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