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Quest for Potentials in the Quintessence Scenario

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The time evolution of the equation of state
w for quintessence scenario with a scalar field as dark energy is studied up to
the third derivative (d3w/da3) with respect to the scale factor a, in order to
predict the future observations and specify the scalar potential parameters
with the observables. The third derivative of w for general potential V is
derived and applied to several types of potentials. They are the inverse
power-law (V = M4 + α/Qα), the exponential , the mixed ^{2}w/da^{2} in some parameters.

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1. Introduction

There are mainly two theoretical viewpoints to explain the accelerated universe. One is related to modification of gravity and the other is associated with vacuum energy and/or matter field theories. Taking the latter viewpoint, we investigate the scalar fields in quintessence scenario how relevant it to the dark energy.

In this scenario, the potential of the scalar field has n independent parameters, so we recognize that in principle n time derivatives of the equation of state with observable Ω_{Q} and w are enough to specify the scalar potentials and to predict the higher derivatives. In the paper [1], we have calculated the third derivative of the equation of state for five scalar potentials to identify the models and to predict the future observations. The first and second derivatives have been investigated in the paper [2].

Usually, the variation of the equation of state w for the dark energy is described by [4]

(1)

where a, w_{0}, and w_{a} are the scale factor (a = 1 at current), the current value of w(a) and the first derivative of w(a) by w_{a} = −dw/da, respectively.

We have extended the parameters pace, in the paper [1],

(2)

where and.

Recent Planck and other observations for w(z) are shown in Figure 1 [3]. The typical values for each z are adopted and the derived values of dw/da and d^{2}w/da^{2} are estimated in Table 1.

We follow the single scalar field formalism of Steinhardt et al. (1999) [5] [6] and investigate three potentials for so-called freezing model [7], in which the field is rolling towards down its potential minimum, as V = M^{4+}^{α}/Q^{α} (inverse power law) [8], (exponential), and (mixed) [9]. In this freezing model, w(z) approaches to −1.

We study other two potentials for so-called thawing model, in which the field is nearly constant at first and then starts to evolve slowly down the potential; (cosine) and (Gaussian). In this thawing model, w(z) starts from −1 and increases later.

Because four of the above mentioned potentials have two parameters, it is necessary to calculate the third derivative of w for them to estimate the predict values. If they are the predicted one, it will be understood that the dark energy could be described by the scalar field with this potential. At least it will satisfy the necessary

Figure 1. From the observations, the reconstructed equation of state w(z) as a function of red shift z where 1 + z = 1/a [3]. The simulated curves in Table 1 are designated by signs.

Table 1. The values of w(z) for each z are adopted and the values dw/da and dw^{2}/da^{2} are estimated. The typical values are designated by signs, which are shown in Figure 1 and plotted in Figure 2.

conditions. Numerical analysis are made for d^{3}w/da^{3} under some specified parameters in the investigated potentials except mixed one which has three parameters [1].

2. Equation of state w_{Q} by a Scalar Field

For the dark energy, we consider a scalar field Q(x,t), where the action for this field in the gravitational field is described in [2].

Neglecting the coordinate dependence, the equations for Q(t) becomes

(3)

where H is the Hubble parameter, over-dot is the derivative with time, and V' is the derivative with Q. The equation of state w_{Q} due to the scalar field is described by

(4)

We put w_{Q} = −1 + ∆ for the later convenience (0 < ∆ < 0.2).

3. Second, and Third Derivative of w_{Q}

The detailed calculations of the second, and third derivatives of w_{Q} for potentials are displayed in the paper [1]. The numerical calculations for the freezing and thawing models under limited parameters are analyzed there.

In Figure 2, the curve for α = 0 is presented for the case of V = M^{4+}^{α}/Q^{α} with ∆ = 0.1 by the red solid curve in the dw_{Q}/da and d^{2}w_{Q}/da^{2} coordinates. The signature of α will change beyond the parabolic curve. We assume α > 0, so that the upper part of the red curve is forbidden for this potential and the freezing type potentials as well. The green (inner) dotted curve is the case of with ∆ = 0.1. Upper part of the green dotted curve is allowed region for this potential. The allowed region of the other thawing potential (Gaussian) is the upper part of the red curve.

The interesting point is that the forbidden regions for the freezing type potentials are allowed region for the thawing type potentials and the reverse is also true. It is possible to distinguish the potentials among each type due to the different predicted values of d^{3}w_{Q}/da^{3} [1], however it is necessary to make accurate observations for the values of dw_{Q}/da, d^{2}w_{Q}/da^{2}, d^{3}w_{Q}/da^{3} and other parameters such as ∆.

Figure 2. The curve for α = 0 is presented for the case of V =M^{4+}^{α}/Q^{α} with ∆ = 0.1 by the red solid curve in the dwQ/da and d^{2}wQ/da^{2} coordinates. The signature of α will change beyond the parabolic curve and the upper part is forbidden for the freezing model. The lower part of this curve is forbidden for the thawing model (Gausssian type). The upper part of the green (inner) dotted curve is allowed region for thawing model of with ∆ = 0.1. The typical values adopted in Table 1 are plotted. Notice that the values of d^{2}wQ/da^{2} for a) and b) are out of frame.

4. Conclusions

At present, backward observations, such as Planck, baryon acoustic oscillation, Supernova Ia, Hubble constant, weak lensing, and red shift distortion, have been undertaken to estimate w_{Q} at the age (1 + z) as in Figure 1 [3]. From Figure 1, the rough values of w(a = a_{0}), dw/da and d^{2}w/da^{2} have been estimated which are presented in Table 1. They are pointed in the dw_{Q}/da and d^{2}w_{Q}/da^{2} plane in Figure 2.

The adopted values from observation show −0.5 < d^{2}w_{Q}/da^{2}< 6 within the region 0.1 < dw_{Q}/da < 0.5. Although there is a lot of uncertainty, at the moment, it seems to be preferable for the thawing model against the freezing model under the comparison with the numerical results and the observations [3].

About observations in Figure 1, it seems to be difficult to accept that the equation of state w = p/ρ is almost smaller than −1 in the region z −1 ~ 2.

Usually matter density increases as, then must increase with z where and, taking that p_{Q} and p_{m} are pressure for scalar field and matter. There seems to be no such features that w increases with z in the observations in Figure 1.

If w < −1 which means ∆ < 0 is correct in Figure 1, we must consider fully different models such as phantom, k-essence, chameleon, tachyon, dilaton, quintom, modified gravity, and so on [10].

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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*Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics*,

**4**, 211-214. doi: 10.4236/jamp.2016.42027.

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