We show generalized Galileons - a particular subclass of Horndeski gravity - arise from a consistent Kaluza-Klein reduction of the low-energy effective action of heterotic string theory to first order in α'. This suggests Horndeski theories of gravity have a string-theoretic origin. The form of the Galileonic terms is precisely fixed by parameters of the embedding spacetime, so that only a specific subset of Horndeski theories is permitted by string theory. A novel limit of the model is considered by performing a dimensionfulrescaling of α'.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics|
|State||Published - May 2021|
- modified gravity
- string theory and cosmology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics