Brane-world cosmology with black strings

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We consider the simplest scenario when black strings/cigars penetrate the cosmological brane. As a result, the brane has a Swiss-cheese structure, with Schwarzschild black holes immersed in a Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson- Walker brane. There is no dark radiation in the model, the cosmological regions of the brane are characterized by a cosmological constant Λ and flat spatial sections. Regardless of the value of Λ, these brane-world universes forever expand and forever decelerate. The totality of source terms in the modified Einstein equation sum up to a dust, establishing a formal equivalence with the general relativistic Einstein-Straus model. However in this brane-world scenario with black strings the evolution of the cosmological fluid strongly depends on Λ. For Λ≤0 it has positive energy density ρ and negative pressure p and at late times it behaves as in the Einstein-Straus model. For (not too high) positive values of Λ the cosmological evolution begins with positive ρ and negative p, but this is followed by an epoch with both ρ and p positive. Eventually, ρ becomes negative, while p stays positive. A similar evolution is present for high positive values of Λ, however in this case the evolution ends in a pressure singularity, accompanied by a regular behavior of the cosmic acceleration. This is a novel type of singularity appearing in brane-worlds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number024002
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 13 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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