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Generalized ghost-free quadratic curvature gravity

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Article number159501
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>14/07/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Classical and Quantum Gravity
Issue number15
Number of pages2
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this paper we study the most general covariant action of gravity up to terms that are quadratic in curvature. In particular this includes non-local, infinite derivative theories of gravity which are ghost-free and exhibit asymptotic freedom in the ultraviolet. We provide a detailed algorithm for deriving the equations of motion for such actions containing an arbitrary number of the covariant D'Alembertian operators, and this is our main result. We also perform a number of tests on the field equations we derive, including checking the Bianchi identities and the weak-field limit. Lastly, we consider the special subclass of ghost and asymptotically free theories of gravity by way of an example.

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22 pages. Revised argument in section 3.1. Results unchanged