Stellar pulsations in beyond Horndeski gravity theories

Jeremy Sakstein, Michael Kenna-Allison, Kazuya Koyama

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Abstract

Theories of gravity in the beyond Horndeski class recover the predictions of general relativity in the solar system whilst admitting novel cosmologies, including late-time de Sitter solutions in the absence of a cosmological constant. Deviations from Newton's law are predicted inside astrophysical bodies, which allow for falsifiable, smoking-gun tests of the theory. In this work we study the pulsations of stars by deriving and solving the wave equation governing linear adiabatic oscillations to find the modified period of pulsation. Using both semi-analytic and numerical models, we perform a preliminary survey of the stellar zoo in an attempt to identify the best candidate objects for testing the theory. Brown dwarfs and Cepheid stars are found to be particularly sensitive objects and we discuss the possibility of using both to test the theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Volume2017
Issue numberMarch 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • gr-qc
  • astro-ph.CO
  • astro-ph.SR
  • hep-th

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