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Using cosmic voids to distinguish f(R) gravity in future galaxy surveys

Zivick, P.; Sutter, P.M.; Wandelt, B.D.; Li, B.; Lam, T.Y.

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P. Zivick

P.M. Sutter

B.D. Wandelt

T.Y. Lam


We use properties of void populations identified in N-body simulations to forecast the ability of upcoming galaxy surveys to differentiate models of f (R) gravity from cold dark matter cosmology. We analyse multiple simulation realizations, which were designed to mimic the expected number densities, volumes, and redshifts of the upcoming Euclid satellite and a lower-redshift ground-based counterpart survey, using the public VIDE toolkit. We examine void abundances, ellipicities, radial density profiles, and radial velocity profiles at redshifts 1.0 and 0.43. We find that stronger f (R) coupling strengths eliminates small voids and produces voids up to ∼20 per cent larger in radius, leading to a significant tilt in the void number function. Additionally, under the influence of modified gravity, voids at all scales tend to be measurably emptier with correspondingly higher compensation walls. The velocity profiles reflect this, showing increased outflows inside voids and increased inflows outside voids. Using the void number function as an example, we forecast that future surveys can constrain the modified gravity coupling strength to ∼3 × 10−5 using voids.


Zivick, P., Sutter, P., Wandelt, B., Li, B., & Lam, T. (2015). Using cosmic voids to distinguish f(R) gravity in future galaxy surveys. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 451(4), 4215-4222.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 28, 2015
Publication Date Aug 21, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2016
Journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Print ISSN 0035-8711
Electronic ISSN 1365-2966
Publisher Royal Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 451
Issue 4
Pages 4215-4222
Keywords Large-scale structure of Universe.


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This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2015 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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