Investigating dark energy experiments with principal components

Robert Crittenden, L. Pogosian, Gong-bo Zhao

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We use a principal component approach to contrast different kinds of probes of dark energy, and to emphasize how an array of probes can work together to constrain an arbitrary equation of state history w(z). We pay particular attention to the role of the priors in assessing the information content of experiments and propose using an explicit prior on the degree of smoothness of w(z) that is independent of the binning scheme. We also show how a figure of merit based on the mean squared error probes the number of new modes constrained by a data set, and use it to examine how informative various experiments will be in constraining the evolution of dark energy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)025
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


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