We investigate a cosmological model with a big-brake singularity in the future: while the first time derivative of the scale factor goes to zero, its second time derivative tends to minus infinity. Although we also discuss the classical version of the model in some detail, our main interest lies in its quantization. We formulate the Wheeler-DeWitt equation and derive solutions describing wave packets. We show that all such solutions vanish in the region of the classical singularity, a behavior which we interpret as singularity avoidance. We then discuss the same situation in loop quantum cosmology. While this leads to a different factor ordering, the singularity is avoided there, too.
Physical Review D
- Pub Date:
- September 2007
- Canonical quantization;
- Quantum cosmology;
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- 24 pages, 7 figures, figures improved, references added, conceptual clarifications included