On Consistent Theories of Massive Spin-2 Fields Coupled to Gravity
2013 (English)In: Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP), ISSN 1029-8479, E-ISSN 1126-6708, no 5, 086- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We consider the issues that arise out of interpreting the ghost-free bimetric theory as a theory of a spin-2 field coupled to gravity. This requires identifying a gravitational metric and parameterizing deviations of the resulting theory from general relativity. To this end, we first consider the most general bimetric backgrounds for which a massless and a massive spin-2 fluctuation with Fierz-Pauli mass exist. These backgrounds coincide with solutions in general relativity. Based on this, we obtain nonlinear extensions of the massive and massless spin-2 fields. The background value of the nonlinear massive field parameterizes generic deviations of the bimetric theory from GR. It is also shown that the nonlinear massless field does not have standard ghost-free matter couplings, and hence cannot represent the gravitational metric. However, an appropriate gravitational metric can still be identified in the weak gravity limit. Hence in the presence of other neutral spin-2 fields, the weak gravity limit is crucial for compatibility with general relativity. We also write down the action in terms of the nonlinear massive spin-2 field and obtain its ghost-free couplings to matter. The discussion is then generalized to multimetric theories.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. no 5, 086- p.
Classical Theories of Gravity, Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM
Research subject Theoretical Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83250DOI: 10.1007/JHEP05(2013)086ISI: 000321375600003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-83250DiVA: diva2:574786