Metric Lagrangians with two propagating degrees of freedom
School of Mathematical Sciences, University of
Nottingham - Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK, EU
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 22 January 2010
There exists a large class of generally covariant metric Lagrangians that contain only local terms and describe two propagating degrees of freedom. Trivial examples can be be obtained by applying a local field redefinition to the Lagrangian of general relativity, but we show that the class of two propagating degrees of freedom Lagrangians is much larger. Thus, we exhibit a large family of non-local field redefinitions that map the Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian into ones containing only local terms. These redefinitions have origin in the topological shift symmetry of BF theory, to which GR is related in Plebański formulation, and can be computed order by order as expansions in powers of the Riemann curvature. At its lowest non-trivial order such a field redefinition produces the (Riemann)3 invariant that arises as the two-loop quantum gravity counterterm. Possible implications for quantum gravity are discussed.
PACS: 04.60.-m – Quantum gravity
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