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  Theory-agnostic framework for dynamical scalarization of compact binaries

Khalil, M., Sennett, N., Steinhoff, J., & Buonanno, A. (in preparation). Theory-agnostic framework for dynamical scalarization of compact binaries.

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Khalil , Mohammed, Author
Sennett, Noah1, Author              
Steinhoff, Jan1, Author              
Buonanno, Alessandra1, Author              
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1Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society, ou_1933290              

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Free keywords: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, gr-qc
 Abstract: Gravitational wave observations can provide unprecedented insight into the fundamental nature of gravity and allow for novel tests of modifications to General Relativity. One proposed modification suggests that gravity may undergo a phase transition in the strong-field regime; the detection of such a new phase would comprise a smoking-gun for corrections to General Relativity at the classical level. Several classes of modified gravity predict the existence of such a transition - known as spontaneous scalarization - associated with the spontaneous symmetry breaking of a scalar field near a compact object. Using a strong-field-agnostic effective-field-theory approach, we show that all theories that exhibit spontaneous scalarization can also manifest dynamical scalarization, a phase transition associated with symmetry breaking in a binary system. We derive an effective point-particle action that provides a simple parametrization describing both phenomena, which establishes a foundation for theory-agnostic searches for scalarization in gravitational-wave observations. This parametrization can be mapped onto any theory in which scalarization occurs; we demonstrate this point explicitly for binary black holes with a toy model of modified electrodynamics.

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 Dates: 2019-06-192019-06-21
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 Pages: 14 pages, 4 figures. v2: corrected figures, added references
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 Identifiers: arXiv: 1906.08161
URI: http://arxiv.org/abs/1906.08161
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