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Integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect in massive bigravity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmo Particle Physics (OKC).
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Abstract [en]

We study the Integrated Sachs-Wolfe (ISW) effect in ghost-free, massive bigravity, where only one metric couples to matter. We focus on the infinite-branch bigravity (IBB) model which exhibits viable cosmic expansion histories and stable linear perturbations, while the cosmological constant is set to zero and the late-time accelerated expansion of the Universe is due solely to the gravitational interaction terms. The ISW contribution to the CMB auto-correlation power spectrum is predicted, as well as the cross-correlation between the CMB temperature anisotropies and the large-scale structure. We use ISW amplitudes as observed in the WMAP 9-year temperature data together with galaxy and AGN data provided by the WISE mission, in order to compare the theoretical predictions to the observations. The ISW amplitudes in IBB are found to be larger than the corresponding ones in the standard LCDM model by roughly a factor of 1.5, but are still consistent with the observations.

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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112951OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112951DiVA: diva2:782016
Available from: 2015-01-19 Created: 2015-01-19 Last updated: 2016-01-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Cosmic tests of massive gravity
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Massive gravity is an extension of general relativity where the graviton, which mediates gravitational interactions, has a non-vanishing mass. The first steps towards formulating a theory of massive gravity were made by Fierz and Pauli in 1939, but it took another 70 years until a consistent theory of massive gravity was written down. This thesis investigates the phenomenological implications of this theory, when applied to cosmology. In particular, we look at cosmic expansion histories, structure formation, integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect and weak lensing, and put constraints on the allowed parameter range of the theory. This is done by using data from supernovae, the cosmic microwave background, baryonic acoustic oscillations, galaxy and quasar maps and galactic lensing.

The theory is shown to yield both cosmic expansion histories, galactic lensing and an integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect consistent with observations. For the structure formation, however, we show that for certain parameters of the theory there exists a tension between consistency relations for the background and stability properties of the perturbations. We also show that a background expansion equivalent to that of general relativity does not necessarily mean that the perturbations have to evolve in the same way.

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Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2015. 104 p.
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Modified gravity, massive gravity, cosmology, dark energy, dark matter
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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Physics
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113076 (URN)978-91-7649-049-5 (ISBN)
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2015-02-20, sal FD5, AlbaNova Universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 5: Manuscript. Paper 6: Manuscript.

Available from: 2015-01-29 Created: 2015-01-22 Last updated: 2015-08-24Bibliographically approved

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