First cosmological constraints and phenomenology of a beyond-Horndeski model

Simone Peirone, Giampaolo Benevento, Noemi Frusciante, Shinji Tsujikawa

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We study observational constraints on a dark energy model in the framework of Gleyzes-Langlois-Piazza-Vernizzi theories, which extends the Galileon ghost condensate (GGC) to the domain of beyond Horndeski theories. We show that the Planck cosmic microwave background (CMB) data, combined with datasets of baryon acoustic oscillations, supernovae type Ia, and redshift-space distortions, give the tight upper bound |αH(0) | ≤ O(106) on today’s beyond-Horndeski (BH) parameter αH. This is mostly attributed to the shift of CMB acoustic peaks induced by the early-time changes of cosmological background and perturbations arising from the dominance of αH in the dark energy density. In comparison to the Λ-cold-dark-matter (ΛCDM) model, our BH model suppresses the large-scale integrated-Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) tail of CMB temperature anisotropies due to the existence of cubic Galileons, and it modifies the small-scale CMB power spectrum because of the different background evolution. We find that the BH model fits the data better than ΛCDM according to the χ2 statistics, yet the deviance information criterion (DIC) slightly favors the latter. Given the fact that the BH model with αH = 0 (i.e., the GGC model) is favored over ΛCDM even by the DIC, there are no particular signatures for the departure from Horndeski theories in current observations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May 27

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