We study the asymptotic dynamics of the mixmaster universe, near the cosmological singularity, considering f(R) gravity up to a quadratic correction in the Ricci scalar R. The analysis is performed in the scalar-tensor framework and adopting Misner-Chitré-like variables to describe the mixmaster universe, whose dynamics resembles asymptotically a billiard ball in a given domain of the half-Poincaré space. The form of the potential well depends on the spatial curvature of the model and on the particular form of the self-interacting scalar field potential. We demonstrate that the potential walls determine an open domain in the configuration region, allowing the point universe to reach the absolute of the considered Lobachevsky space. In other words, we outline the existence of a stable final Kasner regime in the mixmaster evolution, implying chaos removal near the cosmological singularity. The relevance of the present issue relies both on the general nature of the considered dynamics, allowing its direct extension to the Belinski-Khalatnikov-Lifshitz conjecture too, as well as the possibility to regard the considered modified theory of gravity as the first correction to the Einstein-Hilbert action as a Taylor expansion of a generic function f(R) (as soon as a cutoff on the space-time curvature takes place).

Chaos removal in R+qR2 gravity: The mixmaster model

Montani, G.
2014

Abstract

We study the asymptotic dynamics of the mixmaster universe, near the cosmological singularity, considering f(R) gravity up to a quadratic correction in the Ricci scalar R. The analysis is performed in the scalar-tensor framework and adopting Misner-Chitré-like variables to describe the mixmaster universe, whose dynamics resembles asymptotically a billiard ball in a given domain of the half-Poincaré space. The form of the potential well depends on the spatial curvature of the model and on the particular form of the self-interacting scalar field potential. We demonstrate that the potential walls determine an open domain in the configuration region, allowing the point universe to reach the absolute of the considered Lobachevsky space. In other words, we outline the existence of a stable final Kasner regime in the mixmaster evolution, implying chaos removal near the cosmological singularity. The relevance of the present issue relies both on the general nature of the considered dynamics, allowing its direct extension to the Belinski-Khalatnikov-Lifshitz conjecture too, as well as the possibility to regard the considered modified theory of gravity as the first correction to the Einstein-Hilbert action as a Taylor expansion of a generic function f(R) (as soon as a cutoff on the space-time curvature takes place).
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