Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
New solution generating algorithm for isotropic static Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet metrics
Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Private Bag X54001, 4000, Durban, South Africa
Accepted: 5 December 2021
Published online: 17 December 2021
The static isotropic gravitational field equation, governing the geometry and dynamics of stellar structure, is considered in Einstein–Gauss–Bonnet (EGB) gravity. This is a nonlinear Abelian differential equation which generalizes the simpler general relativistic pressure isotropy condition. A gravitational potential decomposition is postulated in order to generate new exact solutions from known solutions. The conditions for a successful integration are examined. Remarkably we generate a new exact solution to the Abelian equation from the well known Schwarzschild interior seed metric. The metric potentials are given in terms of elementary functions. A physical analysis of the model is performed in five and six spacetime dimensions. It is shown that the six-dimensional case is physically more reasonable and is consistent with the conditions restricting the physics of realistic stars.
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