Testing cosmology with double source lensing

Divij Sharma, Thomas E. Collett, Eric V. Linder

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Double source lensing provides a dimensionless ratio of distance ratios, a "remote viewing" of cosmology through distances relative to the gravitational lens, beyond the observer. We use this to test the cosmological framework, particularly with respect to spatial curvature and the distance duality relation. We derive a consistency equation for constant spatial curvature, allowing not only the investigation of flat vs curved but of the Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker framework itself. For distance duality, we demonstrate that the evolution of the lens mass profile slope must be controlled to ≳ 5 times tighter fractional precision than a claimed distance duality violation. Using LensPop forecasts of double source lensing systems in Euclid and LSST surveys we also explore constraints on dark energy equation of state parameters and any evolution of the lens mass profile slope.
Original languageEnglish
Article number001
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Issue number04
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2023


  • gravitational lensing
  • dark energy theory
  • dark energy experiments

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