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Title: Coupled dark matter-dark energy in light of near universe observations

Cosmological analysis based on currently available observations are unable to rule out a sizeable coupling among the dark energy and dark matter fluids. We explore a variety of coupled dark matter-dark energy models, which satisfy cosmic microwave background constraints, in light of low redshift and near universe observations. We illustrate the phenomenology of different classes of dark coupling models, paying particular attention in distinguishing between effects that appear only on the expansion history and those that appear in the growth of structure. We find that while a broad class of dark coupling models are effectively models where general relativity (GR) is modified — and thus can be probed by a combination of tests for the expansion history and the growth of structure —, there is a class of dark coupling models where gravity is still GR, but the growth of perturbations is, in principle modified. While this effect is small in the specific models we have considered, one should bear in mind that an inconsistency between reconstructed expansion history and growth may not uniquely indicate deviations from GR. Our low redshift constraints arise from cosmic velocities, redshift space distortions and dark matter abundance in galaxy voids. We find that currentmore » data constrain the dimensionless coupling to be |ξ| < 0.2, but prospects from forthcoming data are for a significant improvement. Future, precise measurements of the Hubble constant, combined with high-precision constraints on the growth of structure, could provide the key to rule out dark coupling models which survive other tests. We shall exploit as well weak equivalence principle violation arguments, which have the potential to highly disfavour a broad family of coupled models.« less
Authors:
 [1] ; ; ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Physics Department and Instituto de Fisica Teorica UAM/CSIC, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)
  2. Institute for Sciences of the Cosmos (ICC), University of Barcelona and IEEC, Barcelona 08028 (Spain)
  3. Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, IFIC, Universidad de Valencia-CSIC, Edificio de Institutos de Paterna, Apt. 22085, 46071 Valencia (Spain)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22275438
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2010; Journal Issue: 09; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; COSMOLOGY; COUPLING; DISTURBANCES; EQUIVALENCE PRINCIPLE; GALAXIES; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; GRAVITATION; LIMITING VALUES; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; POTENTIALS; RED SHIFT; RELICT RADIATION; UNIVERSE; VISIBLE RADIATION