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Olmo, Gonzalo J. and Rubiera García, Diego and Wojnar, Aneta (2020) Stellar structure models in modified theories of gravity: lessons and challenges. Physics reports-review section of Physics letters, 876 . pp. 1-75. ISSN 0370-1573

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physrep.2020.07.001


The understanding of stellar structure represents the crossroads of our theories of the nuclear force and the gravitational interaction under the most extreme conditions observably accessible. It provides a powerful probe of the strong field regime of General Relativity, and opens fruitful avenues for the exploration of new gravitational physics. The latter can be captured via modified theories of gravity, which modify the Einstein-Hilbert action of General Relativity and/or some of its principles. These theories typically change the Tolman-Oppenheimer-Volkoff equations of stellar's hydrostatic equilibrium, thus having a large impact on the astrophysical properties of the corresponding stars and opening a new window to constrain these theories with present and future observations of different types of stars. For relativistic stars, such as neutron stars, the uncertainty on the equation of state of matter at supranuclear densities intertwines with the new parameters coming from the modified gravity side, providing a whole new phenomenology for the typical predictions of stellar structure models, such as mass-radius relations, maximum masses, or moment of inertia. For non-relativistic stars, such as white, brown and red dwarfs, the weakening/strengthening of the gravitational force inside astrophysical bodies via the modified Newtonian (Poisson) equation may induce changes on the star's mass, radius, central density or luminosity, having an impact, for instance, in the Chandrasekhar's limit for white dwarfs, or in the minimum mass for stable hydrogen burning in high-mass brown dwarfs. This work aims to provide a broad overview of the main such results achieved in the recent literature for many such modified theories of gravity, by combining the results and constraints obtained from the analysis of relativistic and non-relativistic stars in different scenarios. Moreover, we will build a bridge between the efforts of the community working on different theories, formulations, types of stars, theoretical modelings, and observational aspects, highlighting some of the most promising opportunities in the field. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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We are indebted to Victor I. Afonso, Jose Beltran-Jimenez, Francisco Cabral, Joaquin Diaz-Alonso, Francisco S. N. Lobo, Sergei Odintsov, Emanuele Orazi, Diego Saez-Gomez, Jeremy Sakstein, and Hermano Velten for providing us with feedback and clarifications related to the contents of this work at different levels. In particular, we are deeply thankful to Adria Delhom for his effort in proofreading this entire work and still keeping friends with us. GJO is funded by the Ramon y Cajal, Spain contract RYC-2013-13019 (Spain). DRG is funded by the Atraccion de Talento Investigador programme of the Comunidad de Madrid (Spain) No. 2018-T1/TIC-10431, and acknowledges further support from the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovacion y Universidades (Spain) project No. PID2019-108485GB-I00/AEI/10.13039/501100011033, and by the Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT, Portugal) research projects Nos. PTDC/FIS-OUT/29048/2017 and PTDC/FIS-PAR/31938/2017. AW is supported by the European Union through the ERDF CoE grant TK133 and by FAPES (Brazil). DRG and AW thank the Department of Physics and IFIC of the University of Valencia for their hospitality during different stages of the elaboration of this work. This work is supported by the Spanish project FIS2017-84440-C2-1P (MINECO/FEDER, EU), the project H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 Grant FunFiCO-777740, the project SEJI/2017/042, Spain (Generalitat Valenciana), the Consolider Program CPANPHY-1205388, Spain, the Severo Ochoa grant SEV-2014-0398 (Spain) and the Edital 006/2018 PRONEX (FAPESQ-PB/CNPQ, Brazil) Grant No. 0015/2019. This article is based upon work from COST Actions CA15117 (Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions) and CA18108 (Quantum gravity phenomenology in the multi-messenger approach), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Equation of state; Scalar tensor theories; Neutron stars; Maximum mass; Relativistic stars; General relativity; Extended theories; Field equations; Compact stars; Burst spectra.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Physics-Mathematical models
Sciences > Physics > Mathematical physics
ID Code:62474
Deposited On:13 Oct 2020 18:16
Last Modified:14 Oct 2020 07:38

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