Island of Stability for Consistent Deformations of Einstein's Gravity

Dennis D. Dietrich, Felix Berkhahn, Stefan Hofmann, Florian Kühnel, Parvin Moyassari

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We construct deformations of general relativity that are consistent and phenomenologically viable, since they respect, in particular, cosmological backgrounds. These deformations have unique symmetries in accordance with their Minkowski cousins (Fierz-Pauli theory for massive gravitons) and incorporate a background curvature induced self-stabilizing mechanism. Self-stabilization is essential in order to guarantee hyperbolic evolution in and unitarity of the covariantized theory, as well as the deformation's uniqueness. We show that the deformation's parameter space contains islands of absolute stability that are persistent through the entire cosmic evolution.
TidsskriftPhysical Review Letters
Udgave nummer13
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - 2012