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Parameter space in Galileon gravity models

Barreira, A.; Li, B.; Sanchez, A.; Baugh, C.M.; Pascoli, S.

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A. Barreira

A. Sanchez

S. Pascoli


We present the first constraints on the full parameter space of the Galileon modified gravity model, considering both the cosmological parameters and the coefficients which specify the additional terms in the Lagrangian due to the Galileon field, which we call the Galileon parameters. We use the latest cosmic microwave background measurements, along with distance measurements from supernovae and baryonic acoustic oscillations, performing a Monte Carlo Markov Chain exploration of the nine-dimensional parameter space. The integrated Sachs-Wolfe signal can be very different in Galileon models compared to standard gravity, making it essential to use the full cosmic microwave background data rather than the cosmic microwave background distance priors. We demonstrate that meaningful constraints are only possible in the Galileon parameter space after taking advantage of a scaling degeneracy. We find that the Galileon model can fit the Wilkinson microwave anisotropy probe 9-year results better than the standard Λ-cold dark matter model, but gives a slightly worse fit overall once lower redshift distance measurements are included. The best-fitting cosmological parameters (e.g., matter density, scalar spectral index, fluctuation amplitude) can differ by more than 2σ in the Galileon model compared with ΛCDM. We highlight other potential constraints of the Galileon model using galaxy clustering and weak lensing measurements.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2013
Deposit Date Mar 27, 2013
Publicly Available Date May 8, 2014
Journal Physical Review D
Print ISSN 1550-7998
Electronic ISSN 1550-2368
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 87
Issue 10
Article Number 103511
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Reprinted with permission from the American Physical Society: Barreira, A. and Li, B. and Sanchez, A. and Baugh, C. M. and Pascoli, S., Physical review D, 87 (10). p. 103511, 2013. © 2013 by the American Physical Society. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Physical Society.

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