Gravitation in the Lack of Universality

  • Ruben Aldrovandi
  • José Geraldo Pereira
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 173)


General Relativity is fundamentally grounded on the universality of the gravitational interaction, which is the basic statement of the weak equivalence principle. If universality somehow fails, the geometric description of General Relativity breaks down. Due to its gauge structure, Teleparallel Gravity does not require the weak equivalence principle, and remains a consistent theory in the lack of universality.


Gauge Transformation Gravitational Interaction Geometric Description Geodesic Equation Gauge Potential 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruben Aldrovandi
    • 1
  • José Geraldo Pereira
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Física TeóricaUniversidade Estadual PaulistaSão PauloBrazil

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