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Modified-gravity wormholes without exotic matter

T. Harko, F. S. N. Lobo, M. K. Mak, S. V. Sushkov

Abstract
A fundamental ingredient in wormhole physics is the flaring-out condition at the throat which, in classical general relativity, entails the violation of the null energy condition. In this work, we present the most general conditions in the context of modified gravity, in which the matter threading the wormhole throat satisfies all of the energy conditions, and it is the higher order curvature terms, which may be interpreted as a gravitational fluid, that support these nonstandard wormhole geometries. Thus, we explicitly show that wormhole geometries can be theoretically constructed without the presence of exotic matter but are sustained in the context of modified gravity.

Keywords
Modified: theories: of: gravity - Fundamental: problems: and: general: formalism

Physical Review D
Volume 87, Issue 0675, Page 067504_1
2013 March

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Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
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