Can galaxy clusters, type Ia supernovae and cosmic microwave background rule out a class of modified gravity theories?

31 Oct 2016  ·  Holanda R. F. L., Pereira S. H. ·

In this paper we study cosmological signatures of modified gravity theories that can be written as a coupling between a extra scalar field and the electromagnetic part of the usual Lagrangian for the matter fields. In these frameworks all the electromagnetic sector of the theory is affected and variations of fundamental constants, of the cosmic distance duality relation and of the evolution law of the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) are expected and are related each other... In order to search these variations we perform jointly analyses with angular diameter distances of galaxy clusters, luminosity distances of type Ia supernovae and $T_{CMB}(z)$ measurements. We obtain tight constraints with no indication of violation of the standard framework. read more

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Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology