The Shape Dependence of Chameleon GravityTools Briddon, Chad (2023) The Shape Dependence of Chameleon Gravity. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
AbstractThe chameleon model is a modified gravity theory that introduces an additional scalar field that couples to matter through a conformal coupling. This `chameleon field' possesses a screening mechanism through a nonlinear selfinteraction term which allows the field to affect cosmological observables in diffuse environments whilst still being consistent with current local experimental constraints. Due to the selfinteraction term, the equations of motion of the field are nonlinear and therefore difficult to solve analytically. The analytic solutions that do exist in the literature are either approximate solutions and or only apply to highly symmetric systems.
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