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Tracker and scaling solutions in DHOST theories

N. Frusciante, R. Kase, K. Koyama, S. Tsujikawa, D. Vernieri

In quadratic-order degenerate higher-order scalar-tensor (DHOST) theories compatible with gravitational-wave constraints, we derive the most general Lagrangian allowing for tracker solutions characterized by ϕ ̇ /Hp = constant , where ϕ ̇ is the time derivative of a scalar field ϕ, H is the Hubble expansion rate, and p is a constant. While the tracker is present up to the cubic-order Horndeski Lagrangian L =c2 X -c3X(p-1)/(2p) □ ϕ, where c2 ,c3 are constants and X is the kinetic energy of ϕ, the DHOST interaction breaks this structure for p ≠ 1. Even in the latter case, however, there exists an approximate tracker solution in the early cosmological epoch with the nearly constant field equation of state wϕ = - 1-2 pH ̇/(3H2). The scaling solution, which corresponds to p = 1, is the unique case in which all the terms in the field density ρϕ and the pressure Pϕ obey the scaling relation ρϕ ∝Pϕ ∝H2. Extending the analysis to the coupled DHOST theories with the field-dependent coupling Q (ϕ) between the scalar field and matter, we show that the scaling solution exists for Q (ϕ) = 1 / (μ1 ϕ +μ2), where μ1 and μ2 are constants. For the constant Q, i.e., μ1 = 0, we derive fixed points of the dynamical system by using the general Lagrangian with scaling solutions. This result can be applied to the model construction of late-time cosmic acceleration preceded by the scaling ϕ-matter-dominated epoch.

Physics Letters B
Volume 790, Page 167
2019 March

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia