The trace of the trace of the energy–momentum tensor-dependent Einstein’s field equations
Departamento de Física, ITA-Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, São José dos Campos, São Paulo, 12228-900, Brazil
2 Dipartimento di Fisica, UNINA-Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, 80126, Naples, Italy
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Accepted: 1 August 2019
Published online: 13 August 2019
The f(R, T) gravity field equations depend generically on both the Ricci scalar R and trace of the energy–momentum tensor T. Within the assumption of perfect fluids, the theory carries an arbitrariness regarding the choice of the matter lagrangian density , not uniquely defined. Such an arbitrariness can be evaded by working with the trace of the theory field equations. From such an equation, one can obtain a form for , which does not carry the arbitrariness. The obtained form for shows that the f(R, T) gravity is unimodular. A new version of the theory is, therefore, presented and forthcoming applications are expected.
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