Hiding Lorentz invariance violation with MOND

R. H. Sanders*

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Horava-Lifshitz gravity is an attempt to construct a renormalizable theory of gravity by breaking the Lorentz invariance of the gravitational action at high energies. The underlying principle is that Lorentz invariance is an approximate symmetry and its violation by gravitational phenomena is somehow hidden to present limits of observational precision. Here I point out that a simple modification of the low-energy limit of Horava-Lifshitz gravity in its nonprojectable form can effectively camouflage the presence of a preferred frame in regions where the Newtonian gravitational field gradient is higher than cH(0); this modification results in the phenomenology of modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) at lower accelerations. As a relativistic theory of MOND, this modified Horava-Lifshitz theory presents several advantages over its predecessors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084024
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 13-Oct-2011


  • Higher-dimensional gravity and other theories of gravity
  • Relativity and gravitation

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