Superluminality in the Bi- and Multi-Galileon

Paul De Fromont, Claudia De Rham, Lavinia Heisenberg, Andrew Matas

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We re-explore the Bi- and Multi-Galileon models with trivial asymptotic conditions at infinity and show that propagation of superluminal fluctuations is a common and unavoidable feature of these theories, unlike previously claimed in the literature. We show that all Multi-Galileon theories containing a Cubic Galileon term exhibit superluminalities at large distances from a point source, and that even if the Cubic Galileon is not present one can always find sensible matter distributions in which there are superluminal modes at large distances. In the Bi-Galileon case we explicitly show that there are always superluminal modes around a point source even if the Cubic Galileon is not present. Finally, we briefly comment on the possibility of avoiding superluminalities by modifying the asymptotic conditions at infinity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number67
JournalJournal of High Energy Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013


  • Classical Theories of Gravity
  • Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM


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