Gravity, Supergravity and Superstrings (GRASS) Seminar: 'One Lagrangian to rule them all: Generalized Quasitopological gravities'

November 7, 2023
3:00pm to 4:00pm

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room

Specialist level
Javier Moreno
University of Haifa-Technion Israel

IFT Seminar Room/Red Room


Generalized quasitopological gravities (GQTGs) are higher-order extensions of Einstein gravity in $D$ dimensions satisfying a number of interesting properties, such as possessing second-order linearized equations of motion on top of maximally symmetric backgrounds, admitting nonhairy generalizations of the Schwarzschild-Tangherlini black hole which are characterized by a single metric function or forming a perturbative spanning set of the space of effective theories of gravity. In this work, we classify all inequivalent GQTGs at all curvature orders $n$ and spacetime dimension $D\geq 4$. This is achieved after the explicit construction of a dictionary that allows the uplift of expressions evaluated on a single-function static and spherically symmetric ansatz into fully covariant ones. On the one hand, applying such prescription for $D\geq5$, we find the explicit covariant form of the unique inequivalent quasitopological gravity that exists at each $n$and the covariant expressions of the $n-2$ inequivalent proper GQTGs existing at every curvature order $n$. On the other hand, for $D=4$, we are able to provide the first rigorous proof of the fact that there is one, and only one, (proper) inequivalent GQTG at each curvature order $n$, deriving along the way a simple expression for such four-dimensional representative at every order $n$.