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Big bang nucleosynthesis constraints on scalar-tensor theories of gravity

Abstract : We investigate BBN in scalar-tensor theories of gravity with arbitrary matter couplings and self-interaction potentials. We first consider the case of a massless dilaton with a quadratic coupling to matter. We perform a full numerical integration of the evolution of the scalar field and compute the resulting light element abundances. We demonstrate in detail the importance of particle mass thresholds on the evolution of the scalar field in a radiation dominated universe. We also consider the simplest extension of this model including a cosmological constant in either the Jordan or Einstein frame.
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A. Coc, K.A. Olive, J.-P. Uzan, E. Vangioni. Big bang nucleosynthesis constraints on scalar-tensor theories of gravity. Physical Review D, American Physical Society, 2006, pp.083525. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevD.73.083525⟩. ⟨in2p3-00068662⟩

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