Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 11 (2007)

Number 3

Eternal acceleration from M-theory

Pages: 371 – 398

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/ATMP.2007.v11.n3.a2

Authors

Lars Andersson

J. Mark Heinzle

Abstract

The dimensional reduction of $D$-dimensional spacetimes arising in string/M-theory, to the conformal Einstein frame, may give rise to cosmologies with accelerated expansion. Through a complete analysis of thedynamics of doubly warped product spacetimes, in terms of scale invariant variables, it is demonstrated that for $D \geq$ 10, eternally accelerating four-dimensional $\kappa$ = - Friedmann cosmologies arise from dimensional reduction on an internal space with negative Einstein geometry.

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