The Effect of Higher-Order Curvature Terms on String Quantum Cosmology
Simon Davis and Hugh Luckock
Research Report 99-23
Date: 30 November 1999, revised 27 June 2000
Several new results regarding the quantum cosmology of higher-order
gravity theories derived from superstring effective actions are presented.
After describing techniques for solving the Wheeler-DeWitt equation with
appropriate boundary conditions, it is shown that this quantum cosmological
model may be compared with semiclassical theories of inflationary cosmology.
In particular, it should be possible to compute corrections to the standard
inflationary model perturbatively about a stable exponentially expanding
higher-derivative gravity. quantum cosmology. inflationary model.
higher-order differential equations. boundary conditions.
AMS Subject Classification (1991)
Secondary: 35G05, 83C45, 83E30
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