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Perfect fluid Lagrangian and its cosmological implications in theories of gravity with nonminimally coupled matter fields

P. P. Avelino, R. P. L. Azevedo

Abstract
In this paper we show that the on-shell Lagrangian of a perfect fluid depends on microscopic properties of the fluid, giving specific examples of perfect fluids with different on-shell Lagrangians but with the same energy-momentum tensor. We demonstrate that if the fluid is constituted by localized concentrations of energy with fixed rest mass and structure (solitons) then the average on-shell Lagrangian of a perfect fluid is given by Lm=T, where T is the trace of the energy-momentum tensor. We show that our results have profound implications for theories of gravity where the matter Lagrangian appears explicitly in the equations of motion of the gravitational and matter fields, potentially leading to observable deviations from a nearly perfect cosmic microwave background black body spectrum: n-type spectral distortions, affecting the normalization of the spectral energy density. Finally, we put stringent constraints on f(R,Lm) theories of gravity using the COBE-FIRAS measurement of the spectral radiance of the cosmic microwave background.

Keywords
General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology; Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics; High Energy Physics - Phenomenology;

Physical Review D
Volume 97, Issue 6
2018 March

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Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia