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Title: Phenomenology in minimal theory of massive gravity

Abstract

We investigate the minimal theory of massive gravity (MTMG) recently introduced. After reviewing the original construction based on its Hamiltonian in the vielbein formalism, we reformulate it in terms of its Lagrangian in both the vielbein and the metric formalisms. It then becomes obvious that, unlike previous attempts in the literature of Lorentz-violating massive gravity, not only the potential but also the kinetic structure of the action is modified from the de Rham-Gabadadze-Tolley (dRGT) massive gravity theory. We confirm that the number of physical degrees of freedom in MTMG is two at fully nonlinear level. This proves the absence of various possible pathologies such as superluminality, acausality and strong coupling. Afterwards, we discuss the phenomenology of MTMG in the presence of a dust fluid. We find that on a flat homogeneous and isotropic background we have two branches. One of them (self-accelerating branch) naturally leads to acceleration without the genuine cosmological constant or dark energy. For this branch both the scalar and the vector modes behave exactly as in general relativity (GR). The phenomenology of this branch differs from GR in the tensor modes sector, as the tensor modes acquire a non-zero mass. Hence, MTMG serves as a stable nonlinearmore » completion of the self-accelerating cosmological solution found originally in dRGT theory. The other branch (normal branch) has a dynamics which depends on the time-dependent fiducial metric. For the normal branch, the scalar mode sector, even though as in GR only one scalar mode is present (due to the dust fluid), differs from the one in GR, and, in general, structure formation will follow a different phenomenology. The tensor modes will be massive, whereas the vector modes, for both branches, will have the same phenomenology as in GR.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University,606-8502, Kyoto (Japan)
  2. (WPI), University of Tokyo,277-8583, Chiba (Japan)
Publication Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
OSTI Identifier:
22572061
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2016; Journal Issue: 04; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP04(2016)028; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:15222; cc-by Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; COSMOLOGICAL CONSTANT; COSMOLOGICAL MODELS; DEGREES OF FREEDOM; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; GRAVITATION; LAGRANGIAN FUNCTION; LORENTZ INVARIANCE; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; METRICS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; STRONG-COUPLING MODEL; TIME DEPENDENCE

Citation Formats

Felice, Antonio De, Mukohyama, Shinji, and Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. Phenomenology in minimal theory of massive gravity. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/04/028.
Felice, Antonio De, Mukohyama, Shinji, & Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. Phenomenology in minimal theory of massive gravity. United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/04/028.
Felice, Antonio De, Mukohyama, Shinji, and Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe. Fri . "Phenomenology in minimal theory of massive gravity". United States. doi:10.1088/1475-7516/2016/04/028.
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title = {Phenomenology in minimal theory of massive gravity},
author = {Felice, Antonio De and Mukohyama, Shinji and Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe},
abstractNote = {We investigate the minimal theory of massive gravity (MTMG) recently introduced. After reviewing the original construction based on its Hamiltonian in the vielbein formalism, we reformulate it in terms of its Lagrangian in both the vielbein and the metric formalisms. It then becomes obvious that, unlike previous attempts in the literature of Lorentz-violating massive gravity, not only the potential but also the kinetic structure of the action is modified from the de Rham-Gabadadze-Tolley (dRGT) massive gravity theory. We confirm that the number of physical degrees of freedom in MTMG is two at fully nonlinear level. This proves the absence of various possible pathologies such as superluminality, acausality and strong coupling. Afterwards, we discuss the phenomenology of MTMG in the presence of a dust fluid. We find that on a flat homogeneous and isotropic background we have two branches. One of them (self-accelerating branch) naturally leads to acceleration without the genuine cosmological constant or dark energy. For this branch both the scalar and the vector modes behave exactly as in general relativity (GR). The phenomenology of this branch differs from GR in the tensor modes sector, as the tensor modes acquire a non-zero mass. Hence, MTMG serves as a stable nonlinear completion of the self-accelerating cosmological solution found originally in dRGT theory. The other branch (normal branch) has a dynamics which depends on the time-dependent fiducial metric. For the normal branch, the scalar mode sector, even though as in GR only one scalar mode is present (due to the dust fluid), differs from the one in GR, and, in general, structure formation will follow a different phenomenology. The tensor modes will be massive, whereas the vector modes, for both branches, will have the same phenomenology as in GR.},
doi = {10.1088/1475-7516/2016/04/028},
journal = {Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics},
number = 04,
volume = 2016,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Fri Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
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