Self-tuning and the derivation of a class of scalar-tensor theories

Charmousis, Christos and Copeland, Edmund J. and Padilla, Antonio and Saffin, Paul M. (2012) Self-tuning and the derivation of a class of scalar-tensor theories. Physical Review D, 85 (10). 104040/1-104040/18. ISSN 2470-0029

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Abstract

We have recently proposed a special class of scalar tensor theories known as the Fab Four. These arose from attempts to analyse the cosmological constant problem within the context of Horndeski's most general scalar tensor theory. The Fab Four together give rise to a model of self-tuning, with the relevant solutions evading Weinberg's no-go theorem by relaxing the condition of Poincare invariance in the scalar sector. The Fab Four are made up of four geometric terms in the action with each term containing a free potential function of the scalar field. In this paper we rigorously derive this model from the general model of Horndeski, proving that the Fab Four represents the only classical scalar tensor theory of this type that has any hope of tackling the cosmological constant problem. We present the full equations of motion for this theory, and give an heuristic argument to suggest that one might be able to keep radiative corrections under control. We also give the Fab Four in terms of the potentials presented in Deffayet et al's version of Horndeski.

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Additional Information: Self-tuning and the derivation of a class of scalar-tensor theories, Christos Charmousis, Edmund J. Copeland, Antonio Padilla, and Paul M. Saffin, Phys. Rev. D 85, 104040.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1103/PhysRevD.85.104040
Depositing User: Saffin, Dr Paul
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 12:32
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2017 02:23
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42142

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