Thawing models in the presence of a generalized Chaplygin gas

Sergio Del Campo, Carlos R. Fadragas, Ramón Herrera, Carlos Leiva, Genly Leon, Joel Saavedra

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In this paper we consider a cosmological model whose main components are a scalar field and a generalized Chaplygin gas. We obtain an exact solution for a flat arbitrary potential. This solution have the right dust limit when the Chaplygin parameter A→0. We use the dynamical systems approach in order to describe the cosmological evolution of the mixture for an exponential self-interacting scalar field potential. We study the scalar field with an arbitrary self-interacting potential using the "Method of f-devisers." Our results are illustrated for the special case of a coshlike potential. We obtain that the usual scalar-field-dominated and scaling solutions cannot be late- time attractors in the presence of the Chaplygin gas (with α>0). We recover the standard results at the dust limit (A→0). In particular, for the exponential potential, the late-time attractor is a pure generalized Chaplygin solution mimicking an effective cosmological constant. In the case of arbitrary potentials, the late-time attractors are de Sitter solutions in the form of a cosmological constant, a pure generalized Chaplygin solution or a continuum of solutions, when the scalar field and the Chaplygin gas densities are of the same orders of magnitude. The different situations depend on the parameter choices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023532
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2013


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