Revisiting chameleon gravity: Thin-shell and no-shell fields with appropriate boundary conditions

Takashi Tamaki*, Shinji Tsujikawa


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We derive analytic solutions of a chameleon scalar field that couples to a nonrelativistic matter in the weak gravitational background of a spherically symmetric body, paying particular attention to a field mass mA inside of the body. The standard thin-shell field profile is recovered by taking the limit mArc→, where rc is a radius of the body. We show the existence of "no-shell" solutions where the field is nearly frozen in the whole interior of the body, which does not necessarily correspond to the "zero-shell" limit of thin-shell solutions. In the no-shell case, under the condition mArc1, the effective coupling of with matter takes the same asymptotic form as that in the thin-shell case. We study experimental bounds coming from the violation of equivalence principle as well as solar-system tests for a number of models including f(R) gravity and find that the field is in either the thin-shell or the no-shell regime under such constraints, depending on the shape of scalar-field potentials. We also show that, for the consistency with local gravity constraints, the field at the center of the body needs to be extremely close to the value A at the extremum of an effective potential induced by the matter coupling.

ジャーナルPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
出版ステータスPublished - 2008 10月 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 核物理学および高エネルギー物理学
  • 物理学および天文学(その他)


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