Cosmological Implications of Nonlocal Gravity [CL]

We present extensions of the treatment contained in our recent paper on nonlocal Newtonian cosmology [C. Chicone and B. Mashhoon, J. Math. Phys. 57, 072501 (2016)]. That is, the implications of the recent nonlocal generalization of Einstein’s theory of gravitation are further investigated within the regime of Newtonian cosmology. In particular, we treat the nonlocal problem of structure formation for a spherically symmetric expanding dust model and show numerically that as the central density contrast grows, it tends to decrease slowly with radial distance as the universe expands. The nonlocal violation of Newton’s shell theorem provides a physical interpretation of our numerical results.

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C. Chicone and B. Mashhoon
Tue, 14 Mar 17

Comments: 51 pages, 6 figures. Dedicated to Friedrich W. Hehl in honor of his 80th birthday