# The Vainshtein conditions: The Vainshtein mechanism in terms of Stückelberg functions

###### Abstract

Here I develop the simplest method in order to evaluate whether or not the Vainshtein mechanism can operate for a given set of parameters in a given solution. The method is based on the formulation of the mechanism in terms of the Stückelberg functions given in Int.J.Mod.Phys. D24 (2015) 1550022 and arXiv:1305.0475 [gr-qc]. In such a case, the Vainshtein scale appears as an extremal condition of the dynamical metric. If we fix the graviton mass, we can define the effective Vainshtein scale. Then for parameters where the Vainshtein scale vanishes or becomes smaller than the gravitational radius, the mechanism should be absent. At the other extreme, if the Vainshtein scale is finite or infinite, then the mechanism can operate. For consistency, if we define the Vainshtein scale as an invariant, then we should expect the effective graviton mass to become very large when the Vainshtein mechanism operates. On the other hand, if the mass scale tends to zero, then the extra-degrees of freedom are free to propagate. For clarity, here I analyze the effective mass behavior for the different type of modes.

###### pacs:

04.50.Kd, 04.70.-s, 04.70.Bw## I Introduction

The first massive gravity formulation was done at the linear level by Fierz and Pauli Fierz . This first attempt failed after comparing its predictions with the solar system observations. The reason for the failure of the theory at this level is the additional attractive effect due to the coupling between the scalar component and the trace of the energy-momentum tensor. This coupling remains even at the mass-less limit and it is known as the vDVZ discontinuity vDVZ . Then after Vainshtein proposed that it is possible to recover the predictions of GR at scales near the source if we consider a non-linear formulation of massive gravity instead of the standard linear version Vainshtein . Introducing non-linearities however, makes the theory pathological due to the appearance of a ghost Deser . In fact, the recovery of GR at scales of the solar system was due to the presence of this ghost since the negative kinetic energy term reproduced by the ghost exactly cancels the positive kinetic energy contribution coming from the scalar component. The details about this physical fact are explained in Deff . Due to the presence of a ghost, the non-linear theory was considered pathological. Later de-Rham, Gabadadze and Tolley discovered that by tuning in an appropriate way the different parameters of the potential, it was then possible to reproduce a ghost-free formulation of massive gravity. The essential idea is that the pathological terms of the action, after being grouped with higher order terms, are total derivatives and they will never appear in the equations of motion. The theory formulated in this way is called dRGT derham . Inside this theory, the recovery of GR at scales of the solar system is due to the non-linearities, relevant below the Vainshtein scale which is approximately . In My papers , the author formulated the Vainshtein mechanism in terms of Stückelberg functions. The Vainshtein scale then appeared as an extremal condition of the dynamical metric in unitary gauge. This is equivalent to say that the scale is an extremal condition of the massive action. In this manuscript, I use this formulation in order to explain for which set of parameters it is possible to expect the Vainshtein mechanism to operate and for which set of parameters, the mechanism is absent. The theory has generically three free-parameters, namely, the graviton mass, and the two free-parameters of the potential. By imposing the Schwarzschild de-Sitter background condition, the number of free-parameters is reduced to two. If we fix the graviton mass parameter, then we can define an effective Vainshtein scale. For the set of parameters where this scale vanishes or becomes smaller than the gravitational radius , the mechanism must be absent. On the other hand, for the set of parameters where the mechanism appears, the effective Vainshtein scale must be finite. If it becomes infinite, then the screening mechanism should appear at any scale larger than . An alternative point of view is to set the Vainshtein scale as an invariant. Then we can define an effective graviton mass. At scales where the effective graviton mass almost vanishes, the mechanism should be expected to be absent and the massive gravitons can propagate freely everywhere. On the other hand, if the effective graviton mass is finite, the mechanism must appear. If the effective graviton mass is infinite, then the massive gravitons cannot propagate so far and then GR can in principle be recovered. In order to prove the consistency of these previous statements, I analyze the effective graviton mass for the different modes separately, namely, scalar, vectorial and the purely radial component in a free-falling frame of reference. In such a case, the analysis is more transparent and it also takes into account the role of the Stückelberg function when the family of solutions with one free-parameter is analyzed Kodama .

## Ii The Schwarzschild de-Sitter solution in dRGT

The black-hole solutions inside the non-linear formulation were already found in Gaba ; Koyama . The simplest and most generic solution for the spherically symmetric solution, was found in Kodama . All the solutions satisfying the stationary condition, are defined as:

(1) |

where:

(2) |

and , with being the scale factor which depends on the free-parameters of the theory. In this previous solution, all the degrees of freedom are inside the dynamical metric. Here we are in unitary gauge and then the fiducial metric is:

(3) |

The solution (II) is equivalent to:

(4) |

where corresponds to the Stückelberg function. The non-triviality of contains the information of the extra-degrees of freedom My papers ; Kodama ; K ; On the app . In fact, it has been demonstrated in newlaaleji , that represents a preferred time-direction of the theory when the extra-degrees of freedom become relevant. The solution (4) can be classified in two families.

#### ii.0.1 Family 1: One free-parameter and the Stückelberg function arbitrary

For this family of solutions, the Stückelberg function is also a parameter. In other words, there is no rule or constraint telling us how this function should be specified. Then in reality we still have two free-parameters, namely, one inside the potential and another represented by , which has a non-trivial relation with the graviton mass. For this case, the relation between the cosmological constant and the graviton mass, is given by Kodama :

(5) |

where corresponds to the free-parameter of the massive action in agreement with the notation given in Kodama . The relation between the parameters of the massive action is defined in agreement with the condition . The result (5) is telling us that the graviton mass is another free-parameter and its dependence with respect to must take the form if we want to keep as a fundamental constant. Here however, I want to keep the Vainshtein scale (not the cosmological constant) as an invariant quantity. In agreement with the results obtained in newlaaleji , the equivalence principle is not satisfied for this family of solutions due to the preferred notion of time in agreement with the function . The equivalence principle is only satisfied if and this is equivalent to the absence of the extra-degrees of freedom for this family of solutions.

#### ii.0.2 Family 2: Two free-parameters and the Stückelberg function constrained

For the family of solutions with two free-parameters and the Stückelberg function constrained, the relation between the cosmological constant and the graviton mass is given by Kodama :

(6) |

Depending on the interpretation of the theory, the cosmological constant can be zero if we fix the graviton mass as an invariant. If however, what we keep as an invariant is the cosmological constant, then the value taken by the graviton mass might change. In particular, the relation can give us a zero value or an infinite graviton mass, depending on the point of view. Independent of the interpretation used, the Stückelberg function has to satisfy the constraint Kodama :

(7) |

A global solution of this previous constraint, is given by the Finkelstein-type form Kodama :

(8) |

For the family of solutions with one free-parameter but with the Stückelberg function arbitrary, in principle there is no clear solution for . The arbitrariness of was considered as pathological for the perturbative analysis considered in Kodama . An alternative interpretation, was however considered in On the app . The connection of this arbitrariness with the Higgs mechanism at the graviton level was analyzed in newlaaleji . Note that interestingly, for the family of solutions analyzed in this section, the equivalence principle is recovered. In fact, from eq. (8), it is easy to demonstrate that if . Then, for the first family of solutions (one free-paramater), we can conclude that the equivalence principle is in reality hidden. In other words, the principle which is absent from the family of solutions with one free-parameter and arbitrary, is recovered when we select as free-parameters those inside the massive action newlaaleji . Note that the Stückelberg function depends on the graviton mass through the function defined previously. Then the arbitrariness on defined for the previous family of solutions, is equivalent to an arbitrariness on the graviton mass value. Then for the first family of solutions, the two free-parameters are the graviton mass and .

## Iii The Vainshtein conditions

The Vainshtein conditions were derived originally by the author in My papers . They express the Vainshtein scale as an extremal condition of the dynamical metric. This result helps us to find a relation between the Stückelberg function and the function contained inside the components of the dynamical metric. The key relations are:

(9) |

with being the Vainshtein scale. The vanishing condition , guarantees the recovery of GR in the usual Schwarzschild-like coordinates. The same set of relations, could also be derived from the most direct condition My papers . The result is independent of the exact form of the potential .

## Iv The Vainshtein conditions: Extremal conditions on the massive action

The Vainshtein scale, corresponding to an extremal conditions of the dynamical metric, can also be derived directly from the potential as has been explained in the previous section. The key point is to understand that in unitary gauge, namely, when all the degrees of freedom (Nambu-Goldstone bosons) are inside the dynamical metric (eaten up by the dynamical metric), then any variation of the potential, is directly related to the variations on the dynamical metric. The relevant mathematical condition is My papers :

(10) |

The importance of the Vainshtein conditions is that the details of the potential are not relevant at all in order to derive the Vainshtein scale. All the information about the Vainshtein scale is contained inside the dynamical metric if it contains all the degrees of freedom. For stationary cases, where the metric components are time-independent, then eq. (10) becomes:

(11) |

and this is just equivalent to:

(12) |

if the matrix is non-singular. The condition (12), has to be satisfied by each component of the metric containing the information of the extra-degrees of freedom. The conditions are valid at the Vainshtein scale. Then whenever we want to calculate the Vainshtein radius of the theory, all what we have to do is to translate all the degrees of freedom to the dynamical metric and then apply the conditions (12) and finally solve algebraically for My papers .

## V The parameter-dependent Vainshtein scale: The case with one free-parameter with a fixed graviton mass

Here I derive the effective Vainshtein scale for the two type of solutions obtained in Kodama . The first solution to be considered is the one with one free-parameter but with the Stückelberg function arbitrary. In this case, in principle there is no correspondence between and the metric function . The dynamical metric in unitary gauge takes the explicit form given by eq. (II) but taking into account that is in principle arbitrary. Then although the location of the Vainshtein scale in terms of the Stückelberg function is not clear at all, we can assume that the Vainshtein conditions can still be applied to the dynamical metric, providing then the information about the location of the scale after which the effects of accelerated expansion have to be taken into account. For the stationary case, in agreement with My papers , we can define the effective Vainshtein scale as:

(13) |

(14) |

This is an effective value of the Vainshtein radius depending on the free-parameters of the theory. In this case however, the possible effects of the Stückelberg function have not been taken into account. Later in this manuscript I will analyze the role of but inside the definition of effective graviton mass. The analysis done in Sec. (VII), takes into account the effective mass for each mode if we keep the Vainshtein scale as an invariant.

Fig. (1) shows the behavior of the scale (14) as a function of . Note that the Vainshtein scale is non-zero for any positive value taken by the parameter . This means that the Vainshtein mechanism will always appear for this solution. When , GR should be recovered everywhere. However, if we analyze term by term in the function , given in terms of by:

(15) |

then it is clear that GR is recovered everywhere for . However, for , the Newtonian term becomes dominant, rescaling the effective Newtonian constant and making gravity very strong and attractive. Then the effective Schwarzschild radius (gravitational radius) becomes very large. This means that even if the Vainshtein mechanism operates everywhere outside the gravitational radius, this part of the solution is unphysical from the experimental point of view. However, the main point here is that as far as the Vainshtein scale is non-zero, the mechanism is able to operate outside the gravitational radius. The case explored here is equivalent to the one with the condition .

### v.1 The case with two free-parameters and the Stückelberg function constrained and a fixed graviton mass

For this case, there is a direct correspondence between and . However, still we can define the Vainshtein scale in the same way as in the previous case. It is given by the result (14), but with the cosmological constant now defined as in eq. (6). The scale factor is given by Kodama :

(16) |

The solution can then be classified in terms of the different values taken by the parameters and . Figure (2) shows the behavior of as a function of the two free-parameters of the theory for the negative root square branch. The same factor but for the positive branch is just the mirror image of this figure. In what follows, I will analyze two cases.

### v.2 Case i). , arbitrary and a fixed graviton mass

For this case, there are two possible values for the scale factor . They are:

(17) |

The cosmological constant as a function of the graviton mass is in agreement with eq. (6) the following:

(18) |

Note that diverges if . If , then we recover the special case of the previous section, namely, with one free-parameter but with the Stückelberg function arbitrary. This case is also divergent for . Here we can define the parameter-dependent Vainshtein scale as the extremal condition of the dynamical metric in unitary gauge My papers . The result is:

(19) |

It is evident from the result (17) that will diverge for any value of . This means that the screening effects are expected to appear everywhere up to the gravitational radius scale in this particular situation. However, it is easy to find that the effective gravitational radius is also divergent, then the Vainshtein mechanism and any physically relevant solution related to this branch is absent. For the case of , the behavior is just the same as in the case studied previously when . Fig. (1) still represents the behavior for this case in the qualitative sense. In fact, whenever we fix the parameter , independent on its relation with , the qualitative behavior of the effective Vainshtein scale will be the same.

### v.3 Case ii). Both, and arbitrary and a fixed graviton mass

For the two branches of solutions defined in agreement with eq. (16), the parameter-dependent Vainshtein scale for this case becomes:

(20) |

The two branches of solutions can be observed in Figs. (3), (4) and (5). Note that the effective Vainshtein scale has a discontinuity region. In agreement with the plots, the Vainshtein mechanism operates whenever we have a finite value for .

## Vi The parameter-dependent graviton mass: The Vainshtein radius as an invariant

### vi.1 Family 1: One free-parameter and the Stückelberg function arbitrary

If we fix as an invariant the Vainshtein scale, then we can construct an effective graviton mass. In this situation, we can interpret any of the two free-parameters, namely or as the graviton mass. Here I will analyze the cases exposed in the previous sections but by keeping the Vainshtein scale as an invariant and then observing the behavior of . For the case with one free-parameter corresponding to the Vainshtein scale given in eq. (14), the effective graviton mass should behave as:

(21) |

Fig. (6) shows the behavior of for the different values taken by the free-parameter of the theory. Note that the effective graviton mass goes to infinity near . In the neighborhood of this value, the massive gravitons cannot propagate and then GR can in principle be recovered. This is consistent with the ideas expressed in the previous section suggesting that for a fixed graviton mass, infinite values of the effective Vainshtein scale correspond the range of parameters where GR can in principle be recovered. Note that in this case we are not taking into account the role of the Stückelberg function. This situation will be analyzed later in this manuscript.

### vi.2 Family 2: The parameter-dependent graviton mass for , arbitrary and a fixed Vainshtein scale

If we fix the Vainshtein scale as an invariant, the parameter-dependent graviton masses corresponding to the case with and arbitrary are in agreement with eqns. (19):

(22) |

For , , which indicates that the parameter-dependent graviton mass diverges in that case for any value of . This again means that the massive gravitons cannot propagate for this branch of solutions and then GR could in principle be recovered everywhere. However, as has been discussed before, the gravitational radius for this solution also diverges, making it unphysical. The behavior of is exactly the same as in the case indicated in eq. (21) and then Fig. (6) is also appropriate for representing this branch of solutions. This is expected because whenever we fix the parameter , the behavior of the solution with respect to will not change in the qualitative sense.

### vi.3 Family 2: The parameter-dependent graviton mass for arbitrary and parameters with a fixed Vainshtein scale

In this case, the behavior of the parameter-dependent graviton mass is more complicated, but it can be visualized in Figs. (7), (8) and (9). The regions where the parameter-dependent graviton mass takes large values, correspond to regions where in principle the massive gravitons can travel shorter distances. This is equivalent to an screening effect. Whenever the effective graviton mass is almost zero (but still finite), then the massive gravitons are able to travel larger scales and the screening effects are absent. However, although the method proposed here is simple, it does not take into account the possibility of having different behavior for different modes, namely, scalar, vector and tensor. This issue will be analyzed later in this manuscript after taking into account the perturbations of the action in a free-falling frame of reference.

## Vii Perturbative analysis

In the previous sections, I worked around the background solutions without any concern about the perturbations. From the physical point of view however, if we are worried about the propagation of gravitons around some specific background, then we should analyze the action at the perturbative level. This provides a cleaner physical analysis and in this situation it is possible to understand the role of the Stückelberg function. The analysis at the background level, does not provide the opportunity for understanding the role of this function in the propagation of the graviton field. It has been demonstrated recently by the author that can be considered as a preferred time-direction, breaking potentially the Lorentz symmetry for a free-falling observer newlaaleji . In this section, I consider the perturbations of the action in agreement with a free-falling frame of reference. The method was developed in newlaaleji , based in the generic perturbation analysis done in Kodama . The purpose here is to find the effective mass for each of the modes, namely, scalar, vectorial and radial one. The most important mode is the scalar one because at the decoupling limit it generates the extra-attractive effect if the Vainshtein mechanism is absent. In general, the different modes of the graviton field, have different values of mass.

#### vii.0.1 Family 1: One free-parameter and the Stückelberg function arbitrary

This case was considered the most interesting one in newlaaleji , when the spatial derivative of the Stückelberg function is non-vanishing. In this case, as has been explained in Sec. (II), the equivalence principle is violated due to the preferred time direction which is a physical effect of the extra-degrees of freedom. The effect can also be observed as a spatial-dependence of the function . Under the assumption of stationary solutions, the potential expanded up to second order is given by:

(23) |

The matrix mass is obtained after finding the second derivative of the previous potential. It is given explicitly by:

(24) |

where corresponds to the inverse of the dynamical metric in a free-falling frame of reference as has been defined in newlaaleji . It is defined as:

(25) |

Without solving for the eigenvalues, we can understand the behavior for the graviton mass modes. The matrix (VII.0.1) can in principle be diagonalized. However, it is not necessary at the moment of analyzing the different modes. We can find the value of the graviton mass for the different modes from eq. (VII.0.1) if we download the indices by using the background metric. The general expression is given by:

(26) |

Then the effective masses for the different modes are:

(27) |

(28) |

(29) |

The figures (10), (13) and (16) represent the behavior of the masses corresponding to different modes. It can be observed that the scalar and radial components of the effective mass, have similar behavior with respect to the parameter and the function . From the Figs. (12), (15) and (18), it is observed that the effective masses for the different modes become very large if the parameter becomes small, independent on the value taken by the arbitrary Stückelberg function. These results are consistent with those obtained in Fig. (6), where it was defined an effective graviton mass, representative for all the modes. In such a case however, the role of was not clear because the analysis only covered the behavior of the parameter . The results are also consistent with the definition of parameter-dependent Vainshtein scale and as a consequence with the Fig. (1). In other words, a large effective graviton mass, implies the no propagation of the corresponding massive modes if we select as an invariant the Vainshtein scale. On the other hand, if what we select as an invariant is the graviton mass modes, then an infinite effective Vainshtein scale is also equivalent to the no propagation of massive modes. In the case under study, it is lucky that all the modes have a similar behavior for some set of parameters. However, in general different modes have different effective masses depending on the selected values for and if we keep the Vainshtein scale invariant.

#### vii.0.2 Family 2: Two free-parameters and the Stückelberg function well defined. The equivalence principle recovered

As has been mentioned before, for the set of solutions with two free-parameters and well defined, the equivalence principle is recovered. The potential expanded up to second order in a free-falling frame of reference is given in this case by:

(30) |

If we repeat the same procedures of the previous case, then we find that the matrix mass is given by:

(31) |

Here we can still use the same expansion given in eq. (26), but taking into account that the background metric now is different. In fact, for a free-falling frame of reference, the dynamical metric is simplified to be:

(32) |

which is conformal to Minkowski. Then in this case, the definition of the mass for the different modes is trivial and given by:

(33) |

with given by the the standard Minkowski metric. From eq. (31), we can find the following results:

(34) |

(35) |

The masses for the different modes can be obtained from eq. (33) by using the results (34) and (35). Figs. (19) and (23), illustrate the behavior for the masses of the different scalar, radial and vectorial modes. Note that the scalar and radial modes have exactly the same behavior in agreement with eq. (33). If we analyze the plane -, then we can find similar behavior with respect to the case analyzed in Sec. (VI) in Fig. (9) as can be perceived the graphics (22) and (26). However, as can be expected the behavior of the effective mass for the different modes differ.

The behavior for each of the modes with respect to the parameter or , reveal the existence of some peaks as can be seen from Figs. (20) and (21) for the scalar and radial modes and from Figs. (24) and (25) for the vectorial one. For the scalar and vectorial modes, the observed peaks are very large. The peaks in such a case, can be interpreted as the combination of parameters for which the mode becomes heavy and does not propagate so far. This is equivalent to a screening mechanism effect. In addition, we can observe that the peaks for the vectorial component are not so large. This means that the vectorial modes in this case can propagate freely for most of the parameter combinations of the theory. The vectorial modes however, normally are decoupled from matter when we analyze the theory at the decoupling limit level derham .

## Viii Summary

Here I have derived the simplest method in order to predict whether the Vainshtein screening mechanism might appear for some specific parameter combinations of the theory. The method is based on the Vainshtein conditions derived by the author in My papers . The details of the potential are not important for the present analysis. The regions where the Vainshtein mechanism operates are not necessarily relevant from the the physical point of view. This means that the conditions derived in this manuscript are necessary but not sufficient in order to guarantee the recovery of GR. The recovery of GR not only implies the predictions at the solar system scale but also the predictions related to the physics of black-holes. In On the app for example, it was discovered that some parameter combinations can reproduce branch point effects when we analyze the periodicity structure of the propagators.
This manuscript is developed by using two equivalent points of view. The first one is worked by fixing the graviton mass and then deriving an effective Vainshtein scale. The second point of view is developed by fixing the Vainshtein scale and then deriving an effective version of the graviton mass. Here I consider that both points of view are physically equivalent and considering one or the other is a matter of choice. Finally in order to perform a rigorous analysis, I have studied the behavior of the effective mass for each of the modes, namely, scalar, vectorial and radial. In this case I have also maintained the effective Vainshtein scale as an invariant. The analysis revealed that the mass for the different modes can behave in a different way depending on the parameter combinations considered. In other words, although from the qualitative point of view some cases look similar, the detailed study revealed that the effective mass for the different modes are not the same in general. In particular the scalar and radial modes have the same effective mass for the case of two free-parameters and constrained. In such a case, only the vectorial component behaves different. However, if we look at the case with one free-parameter and arbitrary, then the different modes behave different when we look at them in detail. However, even in this situation, the scalar and radial components have similar behavior. The difference comes from the behavior with respect to the arbitrary Stückelberg function. In fact, this function defines the direction of the preferred notion of time. It would be interesting to extend these ideas to other solutions like the ones proposed in Sari among others, where other gravitational contributions might appear. The method could also be extended for the analysis of more complicated solutions like the Kerr one, discovered recently inside the massive gravity formulations Babi . For the case of solutions containing the time variable inside the metric components, the Vainshtein conditions (10) cannot ignore the time variation in such a case. Then the parameter combinations where the Vainshtein (screening) mechanism appears might change with time.

Acknowledgement

I.A is supported by the CAS PIFI program for Post-Doctoral researchers.

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