Higher-derivative Quantum Cosmology
Research Report 99-12
To appear in General Relativity and Gravitation
Date: 30 June 1999, revised 15 October and 18 November 1999
The quantum cosmology of a higher-derivative gravity theory arising from the
heterotic string effective action is reviewed. A new type of Wheeler-DeWitt
equation is obtained when the dilaton is coupled to the quadratic curvature
terms. Techniques for solving the Wheeler-DeWitt equation with appropriate
boundary conditions shall be described, and implications for semiclassical
theories of inflationary cosmology will be obtained.
higher-derivative gravity. quantum cosmology. inflationary model.
higher-order differential equations. boundary conditions.
AMS Subject classification (1991)
Secondary: 83-06, 83E30, 83F05
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