Generalizing the matter coupling in massive gravity: a search for new interactions

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Massive gravity theory introduced by de Rham, Gabadadze, Tolley (dRGT) is restricted by several uniqueness theorems that protect the form of the potential and kinetic terms, as well as the matter coupling. These restrictions arise from the requirement that the degrees of freedom match the expectation from Poincar\'e representations of a spin--2 field. Any modification beyond the dRGT form is known to invalidate a constraint that the theory enjoys and revive a dangerous sixth mode. One loophole is to exploit the effective nature of the theory by pushing the sixth mode beyond the strong coupling scale without completely removing it. In this paper, we search for modifications to dRGT action by coupling the matter sector to an arbitrary metric constructed out of the already existing degrees of freedom in the dRGT action. We formulate the conditions that such an extension should satisfy in order to prevent the sixth mode from contaminating the effective theory. Our approach provides a new perspective for the "composite coupling" which emerges as the unique extension up to four-point interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number084004
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Early online date5 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019


  • hep-th
  • gr-qc
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/N000668/1


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