Cosmic acceleration from M theory on twisted spaces
In a recent paper [I. P. Neupane and D. L. Wiltshire, Phys. Lett. B 619, 201 (2005).] we have found a new class of accelerating cosmologies arising from a time-dependent compactification of classical supergravity on product spaces that include one or more geometric twists along with nontrivial curved internal spaces. With such effects, a scalar potential can have a local minimum with positive vacuum energy. The existence of such a minimum generically predicts a period of accelerated expansion in the four-dimensional Einstein conformal frame. Here we extend our knowledge of these cosmological solutions by presenting new examples and discuss the properties of the solutions in a more general setting. We also relate the known (asymptotic) solutions for multiscalar fields with exponential potentials to the accelerating solutions arising from simple (or twisted) product spaces for internal manifolds.