Dynamics of M-Theory Cosmology

Andrew P. Billyard, Alan A. Coley, James E. Lidsey, Ulf S. Nilsson

Submitted on 15 August 1999


A complete global analysis of spatially-flat, four-dimensional cosmologies derived from the type IIA string and M-theory effective actions is presented. A non--trivial Ramond-Ramond sector is included. The governing equations are written as a dynamical system. Asymptotically, the form fields are dynamically negligible, but play a crucial role in determining the possible intermediate behaviour of the solutions (i.e. the nature of the equilibrium points). The only past-attracting solution (source in the system) may be interpreted in the eleven-dimensional setting in terms of flat space. This source is unstable to the introduction of spatial curvature.


Comment: 13 pages, 4 Postscript figures, uses graphics.sty, submitted to Phys. Rev. D

Subjects: High Energy Physics - Theory; Astrophysics; General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology