Galileon radiation from binary systems

Claudia De Rham, Andrew Matas, Andrew J. Tolley

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Abstract

We calculate the power emitted in scalar modes for a binary system, including binary pulsars, with a conformal coupling to the most general Galileon effective field theory by considering perturbations around a static, spherical background. While this method is effective for calculating the power in the cubic Galileon case, here we find that if the quartic or quintic Galileon dominate, for realistic pulsar systems the classical perturbative expansion about spherically symmetric backgrounds breaks down (although the quantum effective theory is well defined). The basic reason is that the equations of motion for the fluctuations are then effectively one dimensional. This leads to many multipoles radiating with equal strength, as opposed to the normal Minkowski spacetime and cubic Galileon cases, where increasing multipoles are suppressed by increasing powers of the orbital velocity. We consider the following two cases where perturbation theory gives trustworthy results: (1) when there is a large hierarchy between the masses of two orbiting objects and (2) when we choose scales such that the quartic Galileon only begins to dominate at distances smaller than the inverse pulsar frequency. Implications for future calculations with the full Galileon that account for the Vainshtein mechanism are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number064024
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume87
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2013

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