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Wormhole geometries in modified gravity

By Francisco S. N. Lobo

Abstract

A fundamental ingredient in wormhole physics is the presence of exotic matter, which involves the violation of the null energy condition. Although a plethora of wormhole solutions have been explored in the literature, it is useful to find geometries that minimize the usage of exotic matter. In the context of modified gravity, it has also been shown that the normal matter can be imposed to satisfy the null energy condition, and it is the higher order curvature terms, interpreted as a gravitational fluid, that sustain these non-standard wormhole geometries, fundamentally different from their counterparts in general relativity. In this paper, we review recent work in wormhole physics in the context of modified theories of gravity.Comment: 4 pages, Prepared for the proceedings of the Spanish Relativity meeting (ERE2011), Madrid, Spain, 29Aug-2Sep 201

Topics: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology, Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena, High Energy Physics - Theory
Publisher: 'AIP Publishing'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.4734456
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1112.6333

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