Cosmology in Scalar-Tensor Gravity
Kluwer Academic Publishers | ISBN:1402019882 | Mar 31, 2004 | PDF | 289 pages | 8.2 mb
Cosmology in Scalar-Tensor Gravity covers all aspects of cosmology in scalar-tensor theories of gravity. Considerable progress has been made in this exciting area of physics and this book is the first to provide a critical overview of the research. Among the topics treated are: Scalar-tensor gravity and its limit to general relativity, Effective energy-momentum tensors and conformal frames, Gravitational waves in scalar-tensor cosmology, Specific scalar-tensor theories, Exact cosmological solutions and cosmological perturbations, Scalar-tensor scenarios of the early universe and inflation, Scalar-tensor models of quintessence in the present universe and their far-reaching consequences for the ultimate fate of the cosmos.An extensive bibliography guides the reader into more detailed literature on particular topics.Research on cosmology in scalar-tensor gravity is critically overviewed for the first time in this book. Scalar-tensor theories and their applications to modelling the early and the present universe are discussed. Features shared with string theories, exact cosmological solutions, cosmological perturbations, gravitational waves and conformal frames in scalar-tensor gravity are discussed.This book is of interest to researchers and postgraduate students working on cosmology, relativity, alternative theories of gravity, the phenomenology of string theories, theoretical physics and astrophysics.