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Physical Review D 84 (2011) 061502
Improving relativistic MOND with Galileon k-mouflage
Eugeny Babichev1, C. Deffayet2, 3, Gilles Esposito-Farese3

We propose a simple field theory reproducing the MOND phenomenology at galaxy scale, while predicting negligible deviations from general relativity at small scales thanks to an extended Vainshtein ("k-mouflage") mechanism induced by a covariant Galileon-type Lagrangian. The model passes solar-system tests at the post-Newtonian order, including those of local Lorentz invariance, and its anomalous forces in binary-pulsar systems are orders of magnitude smaller than the tightest experimental constraints. The large-distance behavior is obtained as in Bekenstein's tensor-vector-scalar (TeVeS) model, but with several simplifications. In particular, no fine-tuned function is needed to interpolate between the MOND and Newtonian regimes, and no dynamics needs to be defined for the vector field because preferred-frame effects are negligible at small distances. The field equations depend on second (and lower) derivatives, and avoid thus the generic instabilities related to higher derivatives. Their perturbative solution around a Schwarzschild background is remarkably simple to derive. We also underline why the proposed model is particularly efficient within the class of covariant Galileons.
1 :  LPT - Laboratoire de Physique Théorique d'Orsay [Orsay]
2 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
3 :  IAP - Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Physique/Relativité Générale et Cosmologie Quantique

Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Théorie
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