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Wormhole Solutions in the Presence of Nonlinear Maxwell Field
In generalizing the Maxwell field to nonlinear electrodynamics, we look for the magnetic solutions. We consider a suitable real metric with a lower bound on the radial coordinate and investigate the properties of the solutions. We find that in order to have a finite electromagnetic field near the lower bound, we should replace the Born-Infeld theory with another nonlinear electrodynamics theory. Also, we use the cut-and-paste method to construct wormhole structure. We generalize the static solutions to rotating spacetime and obtain conserved quantities.
A wormhole can be defined as a tunnel which can join two universes [1–3]. Since General Relativity does not preclude the existence of (traversable) wormholes, a large number of papers have been written which clarify, support, or contradict much of the research about wormholes.
Morris et al. [1–3] have shown that in order to construct a traversable wormhole, one needs to have extraordinary material, denoted as exotic matter. Exotic matter can guarantee the flare-out condition of the wormhole at its throat. Unlike the classical form of matter , it is believed that the exotic matter violates the well-known energy conditions such as the null energy conditions (NEC), weak energy conditions (WEC), strong energy conditions (SEC), and dominant energy conditions (DEC). One of the open questions about the exotic matter is that if it can be formed in macroscopic quantities or not. We should note that these energy conditions are violated by certain states of quantum fields, amongst which one may refer to the Casimir energy, Hawking evaporation, and vacuum polarization [5–12]. Furthermore, it has been shown that one of the effective causes of the (late time) cosmic acceleration is an exotic fluid [13–16]. Hence, one is motivated to study wormhole solutions, at least geometrically.
Many authors have extensively considered the nonlinear electrodynamics and used their results to explain some physical phenomena [17–55]. A charged system whose performance cannot be described by the linear equations may be characterized with nonlinear electrodynamics. From mathematical point of view, since Maxwell equations originated from the empirical nature, we can consider a general nonlinear theory of electrodynamics and state that the Maxwell fields are only approximations of nonlinear electrodynamics, where these approximations break down for the small distances. From physical viewpoint, generalizations of Maxwell theory to nonlinear electrodynamics were introduced to eliminate infinite quantities in theoretical analysis of the electrodynamics [29–40]. In addition, one may find various limitations of the linear electrodynamics in [56, 57].
Recently, we have taken into account new classes of nonlinear electrodynamics, such as Born-Infeld- (BI-) like [53–55] and power-Maxwell invariant (PMI) [41–52] nonlinear electrodynamics, in order to obtain new analytical solutions in Einstein and higher derivative gravity. Traversable wormholes in the Dvali-Gabadadze-Porrati theory with cylindrical symmetry have been studied in . Higher dimensional Lorentzian wormholes have been analyzed by several authors [59–61]. Moreover, wormhole solutions of higher derivative gravity with linear and nonlinear Maxwell fields have been considered in [62–66]. For other kinds of wormhole solutions, we refer the reader to [62–83] and references therein.
Motivated by the above considerations, in this paper we look for the analytical magnetic horizonless solutions of Einstein gravity with nonlinear Maxwell source. Properties of the solution will be investigated.
2. Field Equations and Wormhole Solutions
The field equations of Einstein gravity with an arbitrary gauge field as a source may be written as where is the Einstein tensor, denotes the four-dimensional negative cosmological constant, and is an arbitrary function of the closed -form Maxwell invariant and .
In addition to PMI and BI theories, in this paper, we take into account the recently proposed BI-like models [53–55], which we called as exponential form of nonlinear electrodynamics theory (ENE) and logarithmic form of nonlinear electrodynamics theory (LNE), whose Lagrangians are where and are two nonlinearity parameters. Expanding the mentioned Lagrangians near the linear Maxwell case ( and ), one can obtain where Maxwell Lagrangian and , , and for LNE, BI, and ENE branches, respectively.
Investigation of the effects of the higher derivative corrections to the gauge field seems to be an interesting phenomenon. These nonlinear electrodynamics sources have different effects on the physical properties of the solutions. For example, in black hole framework, these nonlinearities may change the electric potential, temperature, horizon geometry, energy density distribution, and also asymptotic behavior of the solutions. In what follows, we study the effects of nonlinearity on the magnetic solutions.
Motivated by the fact that we are looking for the horizonless magnetic solution (instead of electric one), one can start with the following 4-dimensional spacetime: where is a constant and will be fixed later. We should note that because of the periodic nature of , one can obtain the presented metric (5) with local transformations and in the Schwarzschild metric with zero curvature boundary, . In other words, metric (5) may be locally mapped to Schwarzschild spacetime but not globally. Considering the mentioned local transformation, one can find that the nonzero component of the gauge potential is : where is an arbitrary function of . Using (2) with the metric (5), we find in which where , , and and therefore the nonzero component of electromagnetic field tensor is We should note that the physical gauge potential should vanish for large values of . This condition is satisfied for and arbitrary (the mentioned constraint for is used throughout the rest of the paper). In addition, in order to have real solutions, one should restrict the radial coordinate of BI and LNE branches to in which Now, one can expand (7) to obtain the leading nonlinearity correction of Maxwell field as follows: In addition, we can investigate the behavior of electromagnetic fields near the lower bound as
In order to examine the effect of nonlinearity on the electromagnetic field, we plot Figures 1 and 2. Figure 1 shows that when we reduce the nonlinearity , the electromagnetic field of the PMI branch diverges for more rapidly and for large distances it goes to zero more quickly. Figure 2 shows that for all BI-like branches, the electromagnetic field (the same behavior as in Maxwell case) vanishes for large . Moreover, in addition to (11), Figure 2 shows that near the lower bound (), unlike BI branch, the electromagnetic fields of LNE and ENE branches have finite values. In other words, considering the LNE and ENE branches, we could remove the lower bound divergency of electromagnetic field.
Taking into account the electromagnetic field tensor, we are in a position to find the function . In order to obtain it, one may use any components of (1). We simplify the components of (1) and find that the nonzero independent components of (1) are with
where prime and double prime are first and second derivatives with respect to , respectively. After some cumbersome manipulation, the solutions of (12) can be written as
where is the integration constant which is related to the mass parameter. In order to investigate the effect of nonlinearity on the metric function, simplistically, we expand for for PMI and for other branches. After some manipulation, we obtain
where is the magnetic solution of Einstein-Maxwell gravity: and the second term on the right hand side of (15) is the leading nonlinearity correction to the Einstein-Maxwell gravity solution.
2.1. Properties of the Solutions
At first step, we should note that the presented solutions are asymptotically anti-de Sitter (adS) and they reduce to asymptotically adS Einstein-Maxwell solutions for (PMI branch) or (other branches).
The second step should be devoted to looking for the singularities and hence we should calculate the curvature invariants. One can show that, for the metric (5), the Kretschmann and Ricci scalars are Inserting (14) into (17) and using numerical calculations, one can show that the Ricci and Kretschmann scalars diverge at and are finite for and for one obtains which confirms that the asymptotic behavior of the solutions is adS. Considering the divergency of the Ricci and Kretschmann scalars at , one may think that there is a curvature singularity located at . This singularity will be naked if the function has no real root larger than (singularity is not covered with a horizon) and we are not interested in it. Therefore, we consider the case in which the function has at least a nonextreme positive real root larger than . It is notable that the function is negative for ( is an infinitesimal number) and positive for where is the largest positive real root of . Negativity of the function leads to an apparent change of metric signature and it forces us to consider . We should state that although the metric function vanishes at , we have . In addition, there is no curvature singularity in the range . Following the procedure of , one may find that there is a conic singularity at .
Removing this conical singularity by adjusting , we desire to interpret the obtained solutions as wormholes. In order to construct wormholes from the gluing, one is required to use the cut-and-paste prescription [67–83]. In this method, we take into account two geodesically incomplete copies of the solutions (removing from each copy the forbidden region ) with two copies of the boundaries , where Now, we identify two copies of the mentioned boundaries to build a geodesically complete manifold. This cut-and-paste method constructs a wormhole with a throat at . In order to confirm this claim, we should check the so-called flare-out condition at the throat. To do this, one can consider a 2-dimensional submanifold of the metric (5), (with constant and ), and embed it in a 3-dimensional Euclidean flat space in cylindrical coordinates, , where Regarding the surface , we obtain which shows that the flare-out condition may be satisfied for the surface and therefore is the radius of the wormhole throat. It is clear to find that the metric (the first fundamental form) is continuous on the boundary , while its first derivative may be discontinuous. In order to investigate this discontinuity, one should consider the extrinsic curvature (the second fundamental form). Here, we give a brief remark about it [85–91]. The second fundamental forms associated with the two sides of the throat are in which are the unit normals to the two boundaries with the following explicit form: where corresponding to the boundary , corresponding to original spacetime, and . We emphasize that sign comes from the fact that a unit’s normal points outward from one side of the throat and points inward on the other side. Generally, we have , and one can write the following Einstein (Lanczos) equation on the throat: where , , and is the stress-energy tensor localized in with , the surface energy density, and and , the principal surface pressures (tensions):
One can use the series expansion for with the obtained metric function to find the signs of surface energy density and tensions. Negative surface energy implies the existence of ghost-like matter at the throat and the negative signs of the tensions mean that they are indeed pressures.
Now, we should discuss the energy conditions for the wormhole solutions. On general grounds, it has been shown that traversable wormhole may exist with exotic matter which violates the null energy condition [1–3]. In order to check the energy conditions, we use the following orthonormal contravariant (hatted) basis to simplify the mathematics and physical interpretations: Using the mentioned basis, we can obtain and therefore for , we have which shows that the solutions satisfy the null and weak energy conditions, simultaneously (see Figure 3 for more clarification).
At the end of this section, we desire to study the effects of the nonlinearity on energy density of the spacetime. At the start, we can expand near the linear case to obtain
where and the second term on the right hand side of (29) is the leading nonlinearity correction to the energy density of the Einstein-Maxwell theory. Investigations of the energy densities near the lower bound show that
In addition, we plot the energy density versus for different values of nonlinearity parameter and also various branches of BI-like fields. Figures 4 and 5 show that for the arbitrary choices of the energy density is positive definite. Furthermore, Figure 4 shows that the nonlinearity parameter, , has effects on the behavior of the energy density and when we reduce , both divergency of energy density near the origin and its vanishing for large values of distance occur more rapidly. Moreover, considering Figure 5 with (30), one can find that has a finite value for an arbitrary allowed distance in ENE and LNE branches. Like Maxwell and PMI theory, for BI branch the energy density diverges near the lower bound .
2.2. Rotating Solutions
In this section, we want to add angular momentum to the static spacetime (5). To do this, one can use the following rotation boost in the plane: where and is a rotation parameter. Taking into account (31) and applying it to static metric (5), one obtains where is the same as given in (14). It is notable that one can obtain the presented metric (32) with local transformations and in the Schwarzschild metric with zero curvature boundary; . Thus, the nonzero components of the gauge potential are and where is the same as in the static case. Furthermore, the nonzero components of electromagnetic field tensor are given by
As we mentioned before, the periodic nature of helps us to conclude that the transformation (31) is not a proper coordinate transformation on the entire manifold and therefore the metrics (5) and (32) are distinct . In addition, it is desired to note that rotating solutions have no horizon and curvature singularity. Moreover, it is worth noting that besides the magnetic field along the coordinate, there is also a radial electric field () and, therefore, unlike the static case, the rotating wormhole has a nonzero electric charge which is proportional to the rotation parameter.
2.3. Conserved Quantities
Here we desire to calculate finite conserved quantities. In order to obtain a finite value for these quantities, we can use the counterterm method inspired by the concept of (AdS/CFT) correspondence [93–95]. It has been shown that for asymptotically AdS solutions the finite energy momentum tensor is where is the trace of the extrinsic curvature and is the induced metric of the boundary. Taking into account the Killing vector field , one may obtain the quasilocal conserved quantities in the following form: where is the determinant of the boundary metric in ADM (Arnowitt-Deser-Misner) form , and is the timelike unit vector normal to the boundary . Considering two Killing vectors and , we can find their associated conserved charges which are mass and angular momentum as follows: where the former equation confirms that is the rotational parameter.
Finally, we are in a position to discuss the electric charge. In order to compute it, we need a nonzero radial electric field and therefore one expects that vanishing (static case) leads to zero electric charge. Taking into account the Gauss law for the rotating solutions and computing the flux of the electric field at infinity, one can find which confirms that the static wormholes do not have electric charge.
3. Closing Remarks
In this paper, we took into account a class of magnetic Einsteinian solutions in the presence of nonlinear source. The magnetic spacetime which we used in this paper may be obtained from the Schwarzschild metric with zero curvature boundary by the local transformations and . It is notable that because of the periodic nature of , the mentioned transformations cannot be global.
We considered four forms of nonlinear electrodynamics, namely, PMI, BI, ENE, and LNE theories, whose asymptotic behavior leads to Maxwell theory. Obtaining real solutions forced us to define a lower bound for the radial coordinate of spacetime. We investigated the effect of nonlinearity parameter on the electromagnetic field and found that, for PMI branch, if one reduces the nonlinearity parameter , then the electromagnetic field diverges near the origin more rapidly and for large distances it goes to zero more quickly. In addition, we found that for all BI-like branches, the behavior of the electromagnetic field is the same as Maxwell case for large values of distance, but near the lower bound, the electromagnetic field of the ENE and LNE branches is finite and it diverges for the BI branch. It is interesting to note that the divergency of the BI branch has less strength in comparison to the the Maxwell field. Consequently, in order to have a finite electromagnetic field near the lower bound, we could not use BI theory for our magnetic spacetime and we may apply LNE and ENE theories for this purpose.
Then, we obtained the metric function for all branches and found that they reduce to asymptotically adS Einstein-Maxwell solutions for (PMI branch) or (other branches). We also expanded the metric function near the linear Maxwell field and calculated the curvature scalars for large to find that obtained solutions are asymptotically anti-de Sitter (adS). Taking into account the presented metric, one can find that the function cannot be negative since its negativity leads to an apparent change of metric signature. This limitation forced us to consider . Using numerical calculations, one can find that there is no curvature singularity in the range , but one may find a conic singularity at .
After that, we removed the mentioned conic singularity and used the cut-and-paste prescription to construct a wormhole from the gluing and then we checked the so-called flare-out condition at the throat . Since it has been stated before that traversable wormhole may or may not exist with exotic matter [1–3], we investigated the energy conditions for the obtained wormhole solutions and found that the null and weak energy conditions are satisfied, which means that there is no exotic matter near the throat.
We also studied the effects of nonlinearity parameter on the energy density. For PMI branch, we found that when we reduce , both divergency of energy density near the origin and its vanishing for large values of distance occur more rapidly. Moreover, one can find that energy density has a finite value for an arbitrary distance for LNE and ENE branches and it diverges near the lower bound for BI branch.
We generalized the static solutions to rotating ones and obtained the conserved quantities. We found that, unlike the static case, for the spinning spacetime, the wormhole has a net electric charge density. We also found that in spite of the fact that the mentioned nonlinear theories change the properties of the solutions significantly, they do not have any effect on mass and angular momentum.
Conflict of Interests
The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
The author thanks the anonymous referees for the useful criticisms and comments which permitted him to improve this paper. The author is indebted to A. Poostforush and H. Mohammadpour for reading the paper. The author also wishes to thank Shiraz University Research Council. This work has been supported financially by Research Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics of Maragha (RIAAM), Iran.
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