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Physics in Higher Dimensional Manifolds

Physics in Higher Dimensional Manifolds

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Physics in Higher-Dimensional
Sanjeev S. Seahra

A thesis
presented to the University of Waterloo
in ful\ufb01llment of the
thesis requirement for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2003
\ue000Sanjeev S. Seahra, 2003
Author\u2019s declaration for electronic submission of a thesis

I hereby declare that I am the sole author of this thesis. This is a true copy of the thesis, including any required \ufb01nal revisions, as accepted by my examiners. I understand that my thesis may be made electronically available to the public.


In this thesis, we study various aspects of physics in higher-dimensional manifolds involving a single extra dimension. After giving some historical perspective on the motivation for studying higher-dimensional theories of physics, we describe classical tests for a non-compact extra dimension uti- lizing test particles and pointlike gyroscopes. We then turn our attention to the problem of embedding any givenn-dimensional spacetime within an (n + 1)-dimensional manifold, paying special attention to how any struc- ture from the extra dimension modi\ufb01es the standardn-dimensional Einstein equations. Using results derived from this investigation and the formalism derived for test particles and gyroscopes, we systematically introduce three speci\ufb01c higher-dimensional models and classify their properties; including the Space-Time-Matter and two types of braneworld models. The remain- der of the thesis concentrates on speci\ufb01c higher-dimensional cosmological models drawn from the above mentioned scenarios; including an analysis of the embedding of Friedmann-Lema\u02c6\u0131tre-Robertson-Walker submanifolds in 5-dimensional Minkowski and topological Schwarzschild spaces, and an in- vestigation of the dynamics of ad-brane that takes the form of a thin shell encircling a (d + 2)-dimensional topological black hole in anti-deSitter space. The latter is derived from a \ufb01nite-dimensional action principle, which allows us to consider the canonical quantization of the model and the solutions of the resulting Wheeler-DeWitt equation.


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