How to optimally parametrize deviations from general relativity in the evolution of cosmological perturbations

L. Pogosian, A. Silvestri, Kazuya Koyama, Gong-Bo Zhao

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Abstract

The next generation of weak lensing surveys will trace the growth of large scale perturbations through a sequence of epochs, offering an opportunity to test general relativity on cosmological scales. We review in detail the parametrization used in MGCAMB to describe the modified growth expected in alternative theories of gravity and generalized dark energy models. We highlight its advantages and examine several theoretical aspects. In particular, we show that the same set of equations can be consistently used on superhorizon and subhorizon linear scales. We also emphasize the sensitivity of data to scale-dependent features in the growth pattern, and propose using principal component analysis to converge on a practical set of parameters which is most likely to detect departures from general relativity. The connection with other parametrizations is also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104023
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume81
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2010

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