Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Homogeneous and isotropic cosmology in general teleparallel gravity
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Philosophenweg 16, 69120, Heidelberg, Germany
2 Institute for Theoretical Physics, ETH Zurich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27, 8093, Zurich, Switzerland
3 Perimeter Institute, 31 Caroline Street N, Waterloo, ON, Canada
4 Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411, Tartu, Estonia
Accepted: 31 March 2023
Published online: 21 April 2023
We derive the most general homogeneous and isotropic teleparallel geometries, defined by a metric and a flat, affine connection. We find that there are five branches of connection solutions, which are connected via several limits, and can further be restricted to the torsion-free and metric-compatible cases. We apply our results to several classes of general teleparallel gravity theories and derive their cosmological dynamics for all five branches. Our results show that for large subclasses of these theories the dynamics reduce to that of closely related metric or symmetric teleparallel gravity theories, while for other subclasses up to two new scalar degrees of freedom participate in the cosmological dynamics.
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