Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics

Volume 11, Issue Supplement 1, October 2004, Pages 204 - 216

Quadratic non-Riemannian Gravity

Authors
Dmitri Vassiliev
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Abstract
We consider spacetime to be a connected real 4-manifold equipped with a Lorentzian metric and an affine connection. The 10 independent components of the (symmetric) metric tensor and the 64 connection coefficients are the unknowns of our theory. We introduce an action which is quadratic in curvature and study the resulting system of Euler­Lagrange equations. In the first part of the paper we look for Riemannian solutions, i.e. solutions whose connection is Levi-Civita. We find two classes of Rimannian solutions: 1) Einstein spaces, and 2) spacetimes with metric of a pp-wave and parallel Ricci curvature. We prove that for a generic quadratic action these are the only Riemannian solutions. In the second part we look for non-Riemannian soltions. We define the notion of a "Weyl pseudoinstanton" (metric compatible spacetime whose curvature is purely Weyl) and prove that a Weyl pseudoinstanton is a solution of our field equations. Using the pseudoinstanton approach we construct explicitly a non-Riemannian solution which is a wave of torsion in Minkowski space.
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Journal
Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics
Volume-Issue
11 - Supplement 1
Pages
204 - 216
Publication Date
2004/10
ISBN
91-974824-2-0
ISSN (Online)
1776-0852
ISSN (Print)
1402-9251
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/jnmp.2004.11.s1.28How to use a DOI?
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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