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$n+1$ formalism of $f$(Lovelock) gravity

Xavier Lachaume


In this note we perform the $n+1$ decomposition, or Arnowitt Deser Misner (ADM) formulation of $f($Lovelock$)$ gravity theory. The hamiltonian form of Lovelock gravity was known since the work of C. Teitelboim and J. Zanelli in 1987, but this result had not yet been extended to $f($Lovelock$)$ gravity. Besides, field equations of $f($Lovelock$)$ have been recently be computed by P. Bueno et al., though without ADM decomposition. We focus on the non-degenerate case, ie. when the Hessian of $f$ is invertible. Using the same Legendre transform as for $f(\mathrm{R})$ theories, we can identify the partial derivatives of $f$ as scalar fields, and consider the theory as a generalised scalar-tensor theory. We then derive the field equations, and project them along a $n+1$ decomposition. We obtain an original system of constraint equations for $f($Lovelock$)$ gravity, as well as dynamical equations. We give explicit formulas for the $f(\mathrm{R},$ Gauss-Bonnet$)$ case.

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hal-01674464 , version 1 (02-01-2018)



Xavier Lachaume. $n+1$ formalism of $f$(Lovelock) gravity. Classical and Quantum Gravity, 2018, 35 (11), pp.115007. ⟨10.1088/1361-6382/aabcb5⟩. ⟨hal-01674464⟩
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