Perfect fluid Lagrangian and its cosmological implications in theories of gravity with non-minimally coupled matter fields [CL]

In this paper we show that the on-shell Lagrangian of a perfect fluid depends on microscopic properties of the fluid, giving specific examples of perfect fluids with different on-shell Lagrangians but with the same energy-momentum tensor. We demonstrate that if the fluid is constituted by localized concentrations of energy with fixed rest mass and structure (solitons) then the average on-shell Lagrangian of a perfect fluid is given by ${\mathcal L}_m=T$, where $T$ is the trace of the energy-momentum tensor. We show that our results have profound implications for theories of gravity where the matter Lagrangian appears explicitly in the equations of motion of the gravitational and matter fields, potentially leading to observable deviations from a nearly perfect cosmic microwave background black body spectrum: $n$-type spectral distortions, affecting the normalization of the spectral energy density. Finally, we put stringent constraints on $f(R,{\mathcal L}_m)$ theories of gravity using the COBE-FIRAS measurement of the spectral radiance of the cosmic microwave background.

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P. Avelino and R. Azevedo
Wed, 14 Feb 18

Comments: 6 pages, no figures