On the viability of bigravity cosmology

Michael Kenna-Allison, A. Emir Gumrukcuoglu, Kazuya Koyama

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We revisit the question of viability of bigravity cosmology as a candidate for dark energy. In the context of the low energy limit model, where matter couples to a single metric, we study linear perturbations around homogeneous and isotropic backgrounds to derive the Poisson's equation for the Newtonian potential. Extending to second order perturbations, we identify the Vainshtein radius below which non-linear scalar self interactions conspire to reproduce GR on local scales. We combine all of these results to determine the parameter space that allows a late time de-Sitter attractor compatible with observations and a successful Vainsthein mechanism. We find that the requirement on having a successful Vainsthein mechanism is not compatible with the existence of cosmological solutions at early times.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104032
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2019


  • hep-th
  • astro-ph.CO
  • gr-qc
  • RCUK
  • STFC
  • ST/N000668/1


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