Searching for modified growth patterns with tomographic surveys

Gong-bo Zhao, L. Pogosian, A. Silvestri, J. Zylberberg

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n alternative theories of gravity, designed to produce cosmic acceleration at the current epoch, the growth of large scale structure can be modified. We study the potential of upcoming and future tomographic surveys such as DES and LSST, with the aid of CMB and supernovae data, to detect departures from the growth of cosmic structure expected within General Relativity. We employ parametric forms to quantify the potential time- and scale-dependent variation of the effective gravitational constant, and the differences between the two Newtonian potentials. We then apply the Fisher matrix technique to forecast the errors on the modified growth parameters from galaxy clustering, weak lensing, CMB, and their cross-correlations across multiple photometric redshift bins. We find that even with conservative assumptions about the data, DES will produce non-trivial constraints on modified growth, and that LSST will do significantly better.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)083513
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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