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(Not so) pure Lovelock Kasner metrics


Camanho,  Xian O.
Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Camanho, X. O., Dadhich, N., & Molina, A. (2017). (Not so) pure Lovelock Kasner metrics. In M. Bianchi, R. T. Jantzen, & R. Ruffini (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourteenth Marcel Grossman Meeting on General Relativity (pp. 2847-2855). Singapore: World Scientific.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002A-70F4-0
The gravitational interaction is expected to be modified for very short distances. This is particularly important in situations in which the curvature of spacetime is large in general, such as close to the initial cosmological singularity. The gravitational dynamics is then captured by the higher curvature terms in the action, making it difficult to reliably extrapolate any prediction of general relativity. In this note we review pure Lovelock equations for Kasner-type metrics. These equations correspond to a single $N$th order Lovelock term in the action in $d=2N+1,\,2N+2$ dimensions, and they capture the relevant gravitational dynamics when aproaching the big-bang singularity within the Lovelock family of theories. These are classified in several isotropy types. Some of these families correspond to degenerate classes of solutions, such that their dynamics is not completely determined by the equations of pure Lovelock gravity. Instead, these Kasner solutions become sensitive to the subleading terms in the Lovelock series.