Testing gravity using the environmental dependence of dark matter halos

Gong-Bo Zhao, Baojiu Li, Kazuya Koyama

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Abstract

In this Letter, we investigate the environmental dependence of dark matter halos in theories that attempt to explain the accelerated expansion of the Universe by modifying general relativity (GR). Using high-resolution N-body simulations in ƒ(R) gravity models which recover GR in dense environments by virtue of the chameleon mechanism, we find a strong environmentally-dependent difference between the lensing mass and dynamical mass estimates of dark matter halos. This environmental dependence of the halo properties can be used as a smoking gun to test GR observationally.
Original languageEnglish
Article number171303
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume107
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2011

Keywords

  • astro-ph.CO
  • gr-qc
  • hep-ph
  • hep-th

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