Gravitation as a Plastic Distortion of the Lorentz Vacuum
Abstract
In this paper we present a theory of the gravitational field where this field (a kind of square root of g) is represented by a (1,1)extensor field h describing a plastic distortion of the Lorentz vacuum (a real substance that lives in a Minkowski spacetime) due to the presence of matter. The field h distorts the Minkowski metric extensor in an appropriate way (see below) generating what may be interpreted as an effective Lorentzian metric extensor g and also it permits the introduction of different kinds of parallelism rules on the world manifold, which may be interpreted as distortions of the parallelism structure of Minkowski spacetime and which may have non null curvature and/or torsion and/or nonmetricity tensors. We thus have different possible effective geometries which may be associated to the gravitational field and thus its description by a Lorentzian geometry is only a possibility, not an imposition from Nature. Moreover, we developed with enough details the theory of multiform functions and multiform functionals that permitted us to successfully write a Lagrangian for h and to obtain its equations of motion, that results equivalent to Einstein field equations of General Relativity (for all those solutions where the manifold M is diffeomorphic to R^4. However, in our theory, differently from the case of General Relativity, trustful energymomentum and angular momentum conservation laws exist. We express also the results of our theory in terms of the gravitational potential 1form fields (living in Minkowski spacetime) in order to have results which may be easily expressed with the theory of differential forms. The Hamiltonian formalism for our theory (formulated in terms of the potentials) is also discussed. The paper contains also several important Appendices that complete the material in the main text.
 Publication:

Gravitation as a Plastic Distortion of the Lorentz Vacuum:
 Pub Date:
 2010
 DOI:
 10.1007/9783642135897
 arXiv:
 arXiv:0909.4472
 Bibcode:
 2010gpdl.book.....F
 Keywords:

 Physics;
 Mathematical Physics
 EPrint:
 Misprints and typos have been corrected, Chapter 7 have been improved. Appendix E has been reformulated and Appendix F contains new remarks which resulted from a discussion with A. Lasenby. A somewhat modified version has been published in the Springer Series: Fundamental Theories of Physics vol. 168, 2010. http://www.ime.unicamp.br/~walrod/plastic2014.pdf