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A tale of two superpotentials: stability and instability in designer gravity

Amsel, Aaron J., Hertog, Thomas, Hollands, Stefan and Marolf, Donald 2007. A tale of two superpotentials: stability and instability in designer gravity. Physical Review D 75 (8) , 084008. 10.1103/PhysRevD.75.084008

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Abstract

We investigate the stability of asymptotically anti-de Sitter gravity coupled to tachyonic scalar fields with mass at or slightly above the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound. The boundary conditions in these “designer gravity” theories are defined in terms of an arbitrary function W. Previous work had suggested that the energy in designer gravity is bounded below if (i) W has a global minimum and (ii) the scalar potential admits a superpotential P. More recently, however, certain solutions were found (numerically) to violate the proposed energy bound. We resolve the discrepancy by observing that a given scalar potential can admit two possible branches of the corresponding superpotential, P±. When there is a P- branch, we rigorously prove a lower bound on the energy; the P+ branch alone is not sufficient. Our numerical investigations (i) confirm this picture, (ii) confirm other critical aspects of the (complicated) proofs, and (iii) suggest that the existence of P- may in fact be necessary (as well as sufficient) for the energy of a designer gravity theory to be bounded below

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 1550-7998
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 13:26
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13884

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