Stealth branes

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We discuss the brane world model of Dvali, Gabadadze and Porrati in which branes evolve in an infinite bulk and the brane curvature term is added to the action. If (Formula presented) symmetry between the two sides of the brane is not imposed, we show that the model admits the existence of “stealth branes” which follow the standard 4D internal evolution and have no gravitational effect on the bulk space. Stealth branes can nucleate spontaneously in the bulk spacetime. This process is described by the standard 4D quantum cosmology formalism with tunneling boundary conditions for the brane world wave function. The notorious ambiguity in the choice of boundary conditions is fixed in this case due to the presence of the embedding spacetime. We also point to some problematic aspects of models admitting stealth brane solutions. © 2002 The American Physical Society.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


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