Deconstructing dimensions and massive gravity

Claudia De Rham, Andrew Matas, Andrew J. Tolley

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We show that the ghost-free models of massive gravity and their multi-graviton extensions follow from considering higher dimensional General Relativity in Einstein-Cartan form on a discrete extra dimension, according to the dimensional deconstruction paradigm. We show that dimensional deconstruction is equivalent to a truncation of the Kaluza-Klein tower at the nonlinear level. Higher dimensional gravity is not recovered from a lower dimensional multi-graviton theory in the limit of a continuous extra dimension (infinite Kaluza-Klein tower) due to the appearance of a low strong coupling scale that depends on IR physics. This strong coupling scale, which is associated with the mass of the lowest Kaluza-Klein mode, controls the onset of the Vainshtein mechanism and is crucial to the theoretical and observational viability of the truncated theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025004
JournalClassical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 21 2014


  • gravity

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