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Splashback in galaxy clusters as a probe of cosmic expansion and gravity

Adhikari, Susmita; Sakstein, Jeremy; Jain, Bhuvnesh; Dalal, Neal; Li, Baojiu

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Susmita Adhikari

Jeremy Sakstein

Bhuvnesh Jain

Neal Dalal


The splashback radius is a physical scale in dark matter halos that is set by the gravitational dynamics of recently accreted shells. We use analytical models and N-body simulations to study the dependence of splashback on dark energy and screened modified gravity theories. In modified gravity models, the transition from screened to unscreened regions typically occurs in the cluster outskirts, suggesting potentially observable signatures in the splashback feature. We investigate the location of splashback in both chameleon and Vainshtein screened models and find significant differences compared with ΛCDM predictions. We also find an interesting interplay between dynamical friction and modified gravity, providing a distinctive signature for modified gravity models in the behavior of the splashback feature as a function of galaxy luminosity.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 20, 2018
Publication Date Nov 20, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 11, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 20, 2019
Journal Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2018
Issue 11
Article Number 033
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