Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-5-2001

Publication Title

Physics Letters, B

Abstract

If our Universe is a three-brane embedded in a five-dimensional anti-de Sitter spacetime, in which matter is confined to the brane and gravity inhabits an infinite bulk space, then the causal propagation of luminous and gravitational signals is in general different. A gravitational signal traveling between two points on the brane can take a “shortcut” through the bulk, and appear quicker than a photon traveling between the same two points along a geodesic on the brane. Similarly, in a given time interval, a gravitational signal can propagate farther than a luminous signal. We quantify this effect, and analyze the impact of these shortcuts through the fifth dimension on cosmology.

DOI

10.1016/S0370-2693(01)00631-1

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