Theoretical and Observational Consistency of Massive Gravity

  • Lavinia¬†Heisenberg

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Lavinia Heisenberg
    Pages 1-38
  3. Cosmology with Massive Gravity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Lavinia Heisenberg
      Pages 61-95
  4. Superluminality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Lavinia Heisenberg
      Pages 99-122
  5. Quantum Corrections in Massive Gravity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Lavinia Heisenberg
      Pages 125-139
  6. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Lavinia Heisenberg
      Pages 191-195
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 197-201

About this book


This work is a detailed study of both the theoretical and phenomenological consequences of a massive graviton, within the ghost-free theory of massive gravity, the de Rham-Gabadadze-Tolley (dRGT) theory. Its aim is to test the physical viability of the theory. It begins by putting constraints on the parameters of the theory in the decoupling limit based on purely theoretical grounds, like classical stability in the cosmological evolution of self-accelerating and degravitating solutions. The author then constructs a proxy theory to massive gravity from the decoupling limit resulting in non-minimally coupled scalar-tensor interactions as an example of a subclass of Horndeski theories. Lastly, she addresses the natural question of whether the parameters introduced in the dRGT theory are subject to strong renormalization by quantum loops and shows how the non-renormalization theorem protects the graviton mass from quantum corrections. Beyond the decoupling limit the quantum corrections are found to be proportional to the graviton mass, proving its technical naturalness.


Cosmological Constant Problem Graviton Mass Infrared Modifications of GR Massive Gravity Non-renormalization Theorem Quantum Corrections in Massive Gravity

Authors and affiliations

  • Lavinia¬†Heisenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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