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Testing gravity on cosmological scales with cosmic shear, cosmic microwave background anisotropies, and redshift-space distortions

A. Ferté, D. Kirk, A. R. Liddle, J. Zuntz

We use a range of cosmological data to constrain phenomenological modifications to general relativity on cosmological scales, through modifications to the Poisson and lensing equations. We include cosmic microwave background anisotropy measurements from the Planck satellite, cosmic shear from CFHTLenS and DES-SV, and redshift-space distortions from BOSS data release 12 and the 6dF galaxy survey. We find no evidence of departures from general relativity, with the modified gravity parameters constrained to Σ0=0.05+0.05−0.07 and μ0=−0.10+0.20−0.16, where Σ0 and μ0 refer to deviations from general relativity today and are defined to be zero in general relativity. We also forecast the sensitivity to those parameters of the full five-year Dark Energy Survey and of an experiment like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, showing a substantial expected improvement in the constraint on Σ0.

Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics

Physical Review D
Volume 99, Issue 8
2019 April

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia