Sunday, August 4, 2013

1308.0232 (Soumendranath Ruz et al.)

Euclidean wormholes with minimally coupled scalar fields    [PDF]

Soumendranath Ruz, Subhra Debnath, Abhik Kumar Sanyal, Bijan Modak
A detailed study of quantum and semiclassical Euclidean wormholes for Einstein's theory with a minimally coupled scalar field has been performed for a class of potentials. Massless, constant, massive (quadratic in the scalar field) and inverse (linear) potentials admit Hawking and Page wormhole boundary condition both in the classically forbidden and allowed regions. Inverse quartic potential has been found to exhibit semiclassical wormhole configuration. Classical wormholes under suitable back-reaction leading to a finite radius of the throat, where strong energy condition is satisfied, have been found for the zero, constant, quadratic and exponential potentials. Treating such classical Euclidean wormholes as initial condition, late stage of cosmological evolution has been found to remain unaltered from standard Friedmann cosmology, except for the constant potential which under back-reaction produces a term like negative cosmological constant.
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