Covariant symplectic structure and conserved charges of new massive gravity

Alkaç, Gökhan
We show that the symplectic current obtained from the boundary term, which arises in the first variation of a local diffeomorphism invariant action, is covariantly conserved for any gravity theory described by that action.Therefore, a Poincaré invariant two-form can be constructed on the phase space, which is shown to be closed without reference to a specific theory.Finally, we show that one can obtain a charge expression for gravity theories in various dimensions, which plays the role of the Abbott-Deser-Tekin charge for spacetimes with nonconstant curvature backgrounds, by using the diffeomorphism invariance of the symplectic two-form. As an example, we calculate the conserved charges of some solutions of new massive gravity and compare the results with previous works.