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Kinetic gravity braiding wormhole geometries

F. S. N. Lobo, S. V. Sushkov

Abstract
An interesting class of scalar-tensor models, denoted by kinetic gravity braiding (KGB), has recently been proposed. These models contain interactions of the second derivatives of the scalar field that do not lead to additional degrees of freedom and exhibit peculiar features, such as an essential mixing of the scalar ϕ and tensor kinetic X terms. In this work, we consider the possibility that wormhole geometries are sustained by the KGB theory. More specifically, we present the full gravitational field equations in a static and spherically symmetric traversable wormhole background, and outline the general constraints at the wormhole throat, imposed by the flaring-out conditions. Furthermore, we present a plethora of analytical and numerical wormhole solutions by considering particular choices of the KGB factors. The analysis explicitly demonstrates that the KGB theory exhibits a rich structure of wormhole geometries, ranging from asymptotically flat solutions to asymptotically anti–de Sitter spacetimes.

Keywords
General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology; Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena; High Energy Physics - Theory

Physical Review D
Volume 102, Issue 1040, Page 10
2020 November

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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