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An Investigation into Nonstandard Theories of Gravity

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This dissertation critically reexamines two different alternatives to standard gravity. In both cases, serious flaws in the methodology of previous work were found, raising doubts as to the interpretation of results found by others. These issues are particularly prominent in the context of perfect fluids, where the modifications introduce additional complexity into the choice of an appropriate matter Lagrangian. In one case, a large category of results is found to be physically meaningless; in the other a many-order-of-magnitude improvement in limits is demonstrated.
subject
General Relativity
Gravity
contributor
Fisher, Sarah (author)
Carlson, Eric D (committee chair)
Raynor, Sarah G (committee member)
Anderson, Paul R (committee member)
Cook, Gregory B (committee member)
Holzwarth, Natalie A W (committee member)
date
2022-05-24T08:35:51Z (accessioned)
2022-05-24T08:35:51Z (available)
2022 (issued)
degree
Physics (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/100719 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
An Investigation into Nonstandard Theories of Gravity
type
Dissertation

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