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From k-essence to generalised Galileons

Deffayet, Cédric; Gao, Xian; Steer, Daniele A.; Zahariade, George;
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  • Published: 16 Mar 2011
Abstract
We determine the most general scalar field theories which have an action that depends on derivatives of order two or less, and have equations of motion that stay second order and lower on flat space-time. We show that those theories can all be obtained from linear combinations of Lagrangians made by multiplying a particular form of the Galileon Lagrangian by an arbitrary scalar function of the scalar field and its first derivatives. We also obtain curved space-time extensions of those theories which have second order field equations for both the metric and the scalar field. This provide the most general extension, under the condition that field equations stay se...
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free text keywords: High Energy Physics - Theory, General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, High Energy Physics - Phenomenology
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