Isotropization in brane gas cosmology

Gary S Watson, Robert H. Brandenberger

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Brane gas cosmology (BGC) is an approach to unifying string theory and cosmology in which matter is described by a gas of strings and branes in a dilaton gravity background. The Universe is assumed to start out with all spatial dimensions compact and small. It has previously been shown that, in this context, in the approximation of neglecting inhomogeneities and anisotropies, there is a dynamical mechanism which allows only three spatial dimensions to become large. However, previous studies do not lead to any conclusions concerning the isotropy or anisotropy of these three large spatial dimensions. Here, we generalize the equations of BGC to the anisotropic case, and find that isotropization is a natural consequence of the dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043510
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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