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Effective field theory analysis of the self-interacting chameleon

Published inGeneral Relativity and Gravitation, vol. 42, no. 8, p. 1953-1967
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Publication date2010

We analyse the phenomenology of a self-interacting scalar field in the context of the chameleon scenario originally proposed by Khoury and Weltman. In the absence of self-interactions, this type of scalar field can mediate long range interactions and simultaneously evade constraints from violation of the weak equivalence principle. By applying to such a scalar field the effective field theory method proposed for Einstein gravity by Goldberger and Rothstein, we give a thorough perturbative evaluation of the importance of non-derivative self-interactions in determining the strength of the chameleon mediated force in the case of orbital motion. The self-interactions are potentially dangerous as they can change the long range behaviour of the field. Nevertheless, we show that they do not lead to any dramatic phenomenological consequence with respect to the linear case and solar system constraints are fulfilled.

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SANCTUARY, Hillary Adrienne, STURANI, Riccardo. Effective field theory analysis of the self-interacting chameleon. In: General Relativity and Gravitation, 2010, vol. 42, n° 8, p. 1953–1967. doi: 10.1007/s10714-010-0974-8
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