Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3933 (Dirk Puetzfeld et al.)

Unraveling gravity beyond Einstein with extended test bodies    [PDF]

Dirk Puetzfeld, Yuri N. Obukhov
The motion of test bodies in gravity is tightly linked to the conservation laws. This well-known fact in the context of General Relativity is also valid for gravitational theories which go beyond Einstein's theory. Here we derive the equations of motion for test bodies for a very large class of gravitational theories with a general nonminimal coupling to matter. These equations form the basis for future systematic tests of alternative gravity theories. Our treatment is covariant and generalizes the classic Mathisson-Papapetrou-Dixon result for spinning (extended) test bodies. The equations of motion for structureless test bodies turn out to be surprisingly simple, despite the very general nature of the theories considered.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3933

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