## Abstract

We consider cosmological models with a scalar field with equation of state [Formula Presented] that contract towards a big crunch singularity, as in recent cyclic and ekpyrotic scenarios. We show that chaotic mixmaster oscillations due to anisotropy and curvature are suppressed, and the contraction is described by a homogeneous and isotropic Friedmann equation if [Formula Presented] We generalize the results to theories where the scalar field couples to p forms and show that there exists a finite value of w, depending on the p-forms, such that chaotic oscillations are suppressed. We show that [Formula Presented] orbifold compactification also contributes to suppressing chaotic behavior. In particular, chaos is avoided in contracting heterotic M-theory models if [Formula Presented] at the crunch.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 11 |

Number of pages | 1 |

Journal | Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology |

Volume | 69 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2004 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)