Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Impact of compactlike and asymmetric configurations of thick branes on the scalar–tensor representation of gravity
Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411, Tartu, Estonia
2 Escola Técnica de Saúde de Cajazeiras, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, 58900-000, Cajazeiras, PB, Brazil
3 Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, 58051-970, João Pessoa, PB, Brazil
Accepted: 20 February 2022
Published online: 2 March 2022
In this work we study braneworld models in generalized gravity theories where the action depends on a function of the Ricci scalar R and the trace of the stress–energy tensor T. We explore the so-called scalar–tensor representation of the theory, where the dependence on R and T are exchanged for two auxiliary real scalar fields. We introduce a first-order formalism to relate the auxiliary fields with the source field of brane and analyze four distinct possibilities of current interest regarding compactification and asymmetry of the brane. We investigate the behavior of the auxiliary fields and their stability in each one of the four cases. For the models where the solution of the source field engenders compact behavior, the auxiliary fields exhibit a hybrid structure, behaving differently inside and outside the compact region described by the source configuration. In particular, we found that the solutions of the auxiliary fields are significantly modified in models where the geometry is strongly influenced by the source field. Moreover, for the model capable of engendering asymmetric features, the two auxiliary fields also respond to modifications on the parameter that controls the asymmetry of the system.
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