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Acausality of Massive Gravity

Deser, S. and Waldron, A. (2013) Acausality of Massive Gravity. Physical Review Letters, 110 (11). Art. No. 111101. ISSN 0031-9007. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.111101.

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We show, by analyzing its characteristics, that the ghost-free, 5 degree of freedom, Wess-Zumino massive gravity model admits superluminal shock wave solutions and thus is acausal. Ironically, this pathology arises from the very constraint that removes the (sixth) Boulware-Deser ghost mode.

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Additional Information:© 2013 American Physical Society. Received 23 December 2012; published 12 March 2013. We thank M. Sandora for a very useful discussion; A.W. acknowledges the hospitality of the Lauritsen Lab, Caltech. S. D. was supported in part by NSF Grant No. PHY-1064302 and DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-164 92ER40701.
Group:Caltech Theory
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG02-16492ER40701
Issue or Number:11
Classification Code:PACS: 04.50.Kd, 04.20.Gz, 14.70.Kv
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20130424-080955293
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Official Citation:Deser, S. and A. Waldron (2013). "Acausality of Massive Gravity." Physical Review Letters 110(11): 111101.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:07 May 2013 19:41
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