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Coupled Quintessence in Flat and Closed Geometries

Elsa M. Teixeira
Sheffield University

Understanding what drives the accelerated expansion of the Universe is one of the most important open questions in Cosmology. This phenomenon is generally attributed to “dark energy”, a matter/energy source whose nature is still not well understood and that, in the simplest ΛCDM scenario, is characterised by an energy density that remains constant with the expansion. While it provides for an impressive fit to a wide range of astrophysical data, significant statistical discrepancies between observations seem to indicate unreconcilable cracks in the standard theory, when faced with increasingly precise experiments. In this talk we will show how relaxing the usual flat geometry condition, and generalising dark energy to quintessence - a dynamical scalar field - may help understand and possibly address the observational tensions.

2023 May 25, 14:30

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (C8.2.19)
Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa

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