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Research Article

A Primer to Relativistic MOND Theory

Mass Profiles and Shapes of Cosmological Structures, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, France.

J.D. Bekensteina1 and R.H. Sandersa2

a1 Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel

a2 Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, PO Box 800, 9700AV Groningen, The Netherlands


We first review the nonrelativistic Lagrangian theory as a framework for the MOND equation. Obstructions to a relativistic version of it are discussed leading up to TeVeS, a relativistic tensor-vector-scalar field theory which displays both MOND and Newtonian limits. The whys for its particular structure are discussed and its achievements so far are summarized.

(Online publication May 19 2006)