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Title: Separating dark physics from physical darkness: Minimalist modified gravity versus dark energy

Abstract

The acceleration of the cosmic expansion may be due to a new component of physical energy density or a modification of physics itself. Mapping the expansion of cosmic scales and the growth of large scale structure in tandem can provide insights to distinguish between the two origins. Using Minimal Modified Gravity (MMG) - a single parameter gravitational growth index formalism to parametrize modified gravity theories - we examine the constraints that cosmological data can place on the nature of the new physics. For next generation measurements combining weak lensing, supernovae distances, and the cosmic microwave background we can extend the reach of physics to allow for fitting gravity simultaneously with the expansion equation of state, diluting the equation of state estimation by less than 25% relative to when general relativity is assumed, and determining the growth index to 8%. For weak lensing we examine the level of understanding needed of quasi- and nonlinear structure formation in modified gravity theories, and the trade off between stronger precision but greater susceptibility to bias as progressively more nonlinear information is used.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics Department, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)
  2. Berkeley Lab, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20935218
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. D, Particles Fields; Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.75.023519; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ACCELERATION; COSMOLOGICAL MODELS; ENERGY DENSITY; EQUATIONS OF STATE; EXPANSION; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; GRAVITATION; MAPPING; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; RELICT RADIATION

Citation Formats

Huterer, Dragan, and Linder, Eric V. Separating dark physics from physical darkness: Minimalist modified gravity versus dark energy. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.023519.
Huterer, Dragan, & Linder, Eric V. Separating dark physics from physical darkness: Minimalist modified gravity versus dark energy. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.023519.
Huterer, Dragan, and Linder, Eric V. Mon . "Separating dark physics from physical darkness: Minimalist modified gravity versus dark energy". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.023519.
@article{osti_20935218,
title = {Separating dark physics from physical darkness: Minimalist modified gravity versus dark energy},
author = {Huterer, Dragan and Linder, Eric V.},
abstractNote = {The acceleration of the cosmic expansion may be due to a new component of physical energy density or a modification of physics itself. Mapping the expansion of cosmic scales and the growth of large scale structure in tandem can provide insights to distinguish between the two origins. Using Minimal Modified Gravity (MMG) - a single parameter gravitational growth index formalism to parametrize modified gravity theories - we examine the constraints that cosmological data can place on the nature of the new physics. For next generation measurements combining weak lensing, supernovae distances, and the cosmic microwave background we can extend the reach of physics to allow for fitting gravity simultaneously with the expansion equation of state, diluting the equation of state estimation by less than 25% relative to when general relativity is assumed, and determining the growth index to 8%. For weak lensing we examine the level of understanding needed of quasi- and nonlinear structure formation in modified gravity theories, and the trade off between stronger precision but greater susceptibility to bias as progressively more nonlinear information is used.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.023519},
journal = {Physical Review. D, Particles Fields},
number = 2,
volume = 75,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 15 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}