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Generalized EMP and nonlinear Schrödinger-type reformulations of some scalar field cosmological models

Jennie D'Ambroise, University of Massachusetts Amherst


We show that Einstein’s gravitational field equations for the Friedmann-Robertson-Lemaître-Walker (FRLW) and for two conformal versions of the Bianchi I and Bianchi V perfect fluid scalar field cosmological models, can be equivalently reformulated in terms of a single equation of either generalized Ermakov-Milne-Pinney (EMP) or (non)linear Schrödinger (NLS) type. This work generalizes or presents an alternative to similar reformulations published by the authors who inspired this thesis: R. Hawkins, J. Lidsey, T. Christodoulakis, T. Grammenos, C. Helias, P. Kevrekidis, G. Papadopoulos and F.Williams. In particular we cast much of these authors’ works into a single framework via straightforward derivations of the EMP and NLS equations from a simple linear combination of the relevant Einstein equations. By rewriting the resulting expression in terms of the volume expansion factor and performing a change of variables, we obtain an uncoupled EMP or NLS equation that is independent of the imposition of additional conservation equations. Since the correspondences shown here present an alternative route for obtaining exact solutions to Einstein’s equations, we reconstruct many known exact solutions via their EMP or NLS counterparts and show by numerical analysis the stability properties of many solutions.

Subject Area

Mathematics|Theoretical physics

Recommended Citation

D'Ambroise, Jennie, "Generalized EMP and nonlinear Schrödinger-type reformulations of some scalar field cosmological models" (2010). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI3409562.