Cosmological disformal transformations to the Einstein frame and gravitational couplings with matter perturbations

Shinji Tsujikawa*

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The disformal transformation of metric gμν→Ω2(φ)gμν+Γ(φ,X)∂μφ∂νφ, where φ is a scalar field with the kinetic energy X=∂μφ∂μφ/2, preserves the Lagrangian structure of Gleyzes-Langlois-Piazza-Vernizzi theories (which is the minimum extension of Horndeski theories). In the presence of matter, this transformation gives rise to a kinetic-type coupling between the scalar field φ and matter. We consider the Einstein frame in which the second-order action of tensor perturbations on the isotropic cosmological background is of the same form as that in General Relativity and study the role of couplings at the levels of both background and linear perturbations. We show that the effective gravitational potential felt by matter perturbations in the Einstein frame can be conveniently expressed in terms of the sum of a General Relativistic contribution and couplings induced by the modification of gravity. For the theories in which the transformed action belongs to a class of Horndeski theories, there is no anisotropic stress between two gravitational potentials in the Einstein frame due to a gravitational demixing. We propose a concrete dark energy model encompassing Brans-Dicke theories as well as theories with the tensor propagation speed ct different from 1. We clarify the correspondence between physical quantities in the Jordan/Einstein frames and study the evolution of gravitational potentials and matter perturbations from the matter-dominated epoch to today in both analytic and numerical approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064047
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sept 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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