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Title: Intersecting hypersurfaces in AdS and Lovelock gravity
Authors: Gravanis, Elias 
Willison, Steven 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Civil Engineering
Keywords: Scalars;Gravitation;Brane tension
Issue Date: 11-Sep-2006
Source: Journal of Mathematical Physics, 2006, vol. 47, no. 9
Volume: 47
Issue: 9
Journal: Journal of Mathematical Physics 
Abstract: Colliding and intersecting hypersurfaces filled with matter (membranes) are studied in the Lovelock higher order curvature theory of gravity. Lovelock terms couple hypersurfaces of different dimensionalities, extending the range of possible intersection configurations. We restrict the study to constant curvature membranes in constant curvature AdS and dS background and consider their general intersections. This illustrates some key features which make the theory different to the Einstein gravity. Higher co-dimension membranes may lie at the intersection of co-dimension 1 hypersurfaces in Lovelock gravity; the hypersurfaces are located at the discontinuities of the first derivative of the metric, and they need not carry matter. The example of colliding membranes shows that general solutions can only be supported by (spacelike) matter at the collision surface, thus naturally conflicting with the dominant energy condition (DEC). The imposition of the DEC gives selection rules on the types of collision allowed. When the hypersurfaces don't carry matter, one gets a soliton-like configuration. Then, at the intersection one has a co-dimension 2 or higher membrane standing alone in AdS-vacuum spacetime \emph{without conical singularities.} Another result is that if the number of intersecting hypersurfaces goes to infinity the limiting spacetime is free of curvature singularities if the intersection is put at the boundary of each AdS bulk.
ISSN: 0022-2488
DOI: 10.1063/1.2338143
Rights: © AIP
Type: Article
Affiliation : King's College London 
Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECS) 
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