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Birkhoff's theorem for stable torsion theories

de la Cruz-Dombriz, A. & Torralba, F. J. M., Mar-2019, In : Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 3, 41 p., 002.

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We present a novel approach to establish the Birkhoff's theorem validity in the so-called quadratic Poincare Gauge theories of gravity. By obtaining the field equations via the Palatini formalism, we find paradigmatic scenarios where the theorem applies neatly. For more general and physically relevant situations, a suitable decomposition of the torsion tensor also allows us to establish the validity of the theorem. Our analysis shows rigorously how for all stable cases under consideration, the only solution of the vacuum field equations is a torsionless Schwarzschild spacetime, although it is possible to find non-Schwarzschild metrics in the realm of unstable Lagrangians. Finally, we study the weakened formulation of the Birkhoff's theorem where an asymptotically flat metric is assumed, showing that the theorem also holds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number002
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar-2019

    Keywords

  • GR black holes, modified gravity, FREE GRAVITY LAGRANGIANS, POINCARE GAUGE-THEORY, GHOST-FREE, GENERAL-RELATIVITY, R+R2 THEORIES, BLACK-HOLES, EQUATIONS

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