Journal of High Energy Physics

, 2019:221 | Cite as

Stable wormholes in scalar-tensor theories

  • Gabriele Franciolini
  • Lam Hui
  • Riccardo Penco
  • Luca SantoniEmail author
  • Enrico Trincherini
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Regular Article - Theoretical Physics


We reconsider the issue of whether scalar-tensor theories can admit stable wormhole configurations supported by a non-trivial radial profile for the scalar field. Using a recently proposed effective theory for perturbations around static, spherically symmetric backgrounds, we show that scalar-tensor theories of “beyond Horndeski” type can have wormhole solutions that are free of ghost and gradient instabilities. Such solutions are instead forbidden within the more restrictive “Horndeski” class of theories.


Classical Theories of Gravity Effective Field Theories Spacetime Singularities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theoretical Physics and Center for Astroparticle Physics (CAP)Geneva 4Switzerland
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Center for Theoretical PhysicsColumbia UniversityNew YorkU.S.A.
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghU.S.A.
  4. 4.Scuola Normale SuperiorePisaItaly
  5. 5.INFN — Sezione di PisaPisaItaly

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