Journal Article

Current cosmological constraints on the curvature, dark energy and modified gravity

Yungui Gong, Xiao-ming Zhu and Zong-Hong Zhu

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 415, issue 2, pages 1943-1949
Published in print August 2011 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online July 2011 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Current cosmological constraints on the curvature, dark energy and modified gravity

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We apply the Union2 compilation of 557 supernova Ia data, the baryon acoustic oscillation measurement of distance, the cosmic microwave background radiation data from the 7-year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, and the Hubble parameter data to study the geometry of the Universe and the property of dark energy by using models and parametrizations with different high-redshift behaviours of w(z). We find that the Λ cold dark matter model is consistent with current data, that the Dvali–Gabadadze–Porrati model is excluded by the data at more than the 3σ level, that the Universe is almost flat and that the current data are unable to distinguish between models with different behaviours of w(z) at high redshift. We also add the growth factor data to constrain the growth index of the Dvali–Gabadadze–Porrati model and find that it is more than 1σ away from its theoretical value.

Keywords: cosmological parameters; dark energy

Journal Article.  4876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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