Metric-independent volume-forms in gravity and cosmology Academic Article uri icon


  • Employing alternative spacetime volume-forms (generally-covariant integration measure densities) independent of the pertinent Riemannian space- time metric have profound impact in general relativity. Although formally ap- pearing as "pure-gauge" dynamical degrees of freedom they trigger a number of remarkable physically important phenomena such as: (i) new mechanism of dynamical generation of cosmological constant; (ii) new type of "quintessen- tial inflation" scenario in cosmology; (iii) non-singular initial "emergent uni- verse" phase of cosmological evolution preceding the inflationary phase; (iv) new mechanism of dynamical spontaneous breakdown of supersymmetry in su- pergravity; (v) gravitational electrovacuum "bags". We study in some detail the properties, together with their canonical Hamiltonian formulation, of a class of generalized gravity-matter models built with two independent non-Riemannian volume-forms and discuss their implications in cosmology.

publication date

  • January 1, 2015