Observational constraints on generalized Proca theories

Antonio De Felice, Lavinia Heisenberg, Shinji Tsujikawa

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In a model of the late-Time cosmic acceleration within the framework of generalized Proca theo-ries, there exists a de Sitter attractor preceded by the dark energy equation of state wDE = 1s, where s is a positive constant. We run the Markov-Chain-Monte-Carlo code to confront the model with the observational data of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), baryon acoustic oscillations, supernovae type Ia, and local measurements of the Hubble expansion rate for the background cos-mological solutions and obtain the bound s = 0.254+0.118 0.097 at 95% confidence level (CL). Existence of the additional parameter s to those in the-Cold-Dark-Matter (CDM) model allows to reduce tensions of the Hubble constant H0 between the CMB and the low-redshift measurements. Including the cosmic growth data of redshift-space distortions in the galaxy power spectrum and taking into account no-ghost and stability conditions of cosmological perturbations, we find that the bound on s is shifted to s = 0.16+0.08 0.08 (95% CL) and hnce the model with s 0 is still favored over the CDM model. Apart from the quantities s,H0 and the today's matter density parameter m0, the constraints on other model parameters associated with perturbations are less stringent, reflecting the fact that there are different sets of parameters that give rise to a similar cosmic expansion and growth history.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 28
Externally publishedYes

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