Gravity in Randall–Sundrum brane world revisited

Zurab Kakushadze
2001 Physics Letters B  
We point out some subtleties with gauge fixings (which sometimes include the so-called "brane bending" effects) typically used to compute the graviton propagator on the Randall-Sundrum brane. In particular, the brane, which has non-vanishing tension, explicitly breaks some part of the diffeomorphisms, so that there are subtleties arising in going to, say, the axial gauge or the harmonic gauge in the presence of (non-conformal) matter localized on the brane. We therefore compute the graviton
more » ... agator in the gauge where only the graviphoton fluctuations are set to zero (the diffeomorphisms necessary for this gauge fixing are intact), but the graviscalar component is untouched. We point out that in the Gaussian normal coordinates (where the graviscalar component vanishes on the brane) the graviton propagator blows up in the ultra-violet near the brane. In fact, the allowed gauge transformations, which do not lead to such ultra-violet behavior of the graviton propagator, are such that the coupling of the graviscalar to the brane matter cannot be gauged away in the ultra-violet. Because of this, at the quantum level, where we expect various additional terms to be generated in the brane world-volume action including those involving the graviscalar, fine-tuning (which is independent of that for the brane cosmological constant) is generically required to preserve consistent coupling between bulk gravity and brane matter. We also reiterate that in such warped backgrounds higher curvature terms in the bulk are generically expected to delocalize gravity.
doi:10.1016/s0370-2693(00)01348-4 fatcat:urzzcqfbhrgjfonhbt53fctvrq