This brief report studies the behavior of entropy in two recent models of cosmic evolution by J. A. S. Lima, S. Basilakos, and F. E. M. Costa, and J. A. S. Lima, S. Basilakos, and J. Solá [arXiv:1209.2802]. Both start with an initial de Sitter expansion, go through the conventional radiation and matter dominated eras to be followed by a final and everlasting de Sitter expansion. In spite of their outward similarities (from the observational viewpoint they are arbitrary close to the conventional Lambda cold dark matter model), they deeply differ in the physics behind them. Our study reveals that in both cases the Universe approaches thermodynamic equilibrium in the last de Sitter era in the sense that the entropy of the apparent horizon plus that of matter and radiation inside it increases and is concave. Accordingly, they are consistent with thermodynamics. Cosmological models that do not approach equilibrium at the last phase of their evolution appear in conflict with the second law of thermodynamics. © 2013 American Physical Society.
|Journal||Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Feb 2013|