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Agravity

  • Alberto SalvioEmail author
  • Alessandro Strumia
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Abstract

We explore the possibility that the fundamental theory of nature does not contain any scale. This implies a renormalizable quantum gravity theory where the graviton kinetic term has 4 derivatives, and can be reinterpreted as gravity minus an anti-graviton. We compute the super-Planckian RGE of adimensional gravity coupled to a generic matter sector. The Planck scale and a flat space can arise dynamically at quantum level provided that a quartic scalar coupling and its β function vanish at the Planck scale. This is how the Higgs boson behaves for M h ≈ 125 GeV and M t ≈ 171 GeV. Within agravity, inflation is a generic phenomenon: the slow-roll parameters are given by the β-functions of the theory, and are small if couplings are perturbative. The predictions n s ≈ 0.967 and r ≈ 0.13 arise if the inflaton is identified with the Higgs of gravity. Furthermore, quadratically divergent corrections to the Higgs mass vanish: a small weak scale is natural and can be generated by agravity quantum corrections.

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Cosmology of Theories beyond the SM Renormalization Group Models of Quantum Gravity 

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  1. 1.Departamento de Física TeóricaUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid and Instituto de Física Teórica IFT-UAM/CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università di Pisa and INFNPisaItaly
  3. 3.National Institute of Chemical Physics and BiophysicsTallinnEstonia

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