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A late-accelerating universe with no dark energy—and a finite-temperature big bang

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Brane-world models offer the possibility of explaining the late acceleration of the universe via infra-red modifications to general relativity, rather than a dark energy field. However, one also expects ultra-violet modifications to general relativity, when high-energy stringy effects in the early universe begin to grow. We generalize the DGP brane-world model via an ultra-violet modification, in the form of a Gauss–Bonnet term in the bulk action. The combination of infra-red and ultra-violet modifications produces an intriguing cosmology. The DGP feature of late-time acceleration without dark energy is preserved, but there is an entirely new feature—there is no infinite-temperature big bang in the early universe. The universe starts with finite density and pressure, from a 'quiet' and 'sudden' curvature singularity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)008-008
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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