Disformal transformations on the CMB

Burrage, Clare and Cespedes, Sebastian and Davis, Anne-Christine (2016) Disformal transformations on the CMB. Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, 2016 . ISSN 1475-7516

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In this work we study the role of disformal transformation on cosmological backgrounds and its relation to the speed of sound for tensor modes. A speed different from one for tensor modes can arise in several contexts, such as Galileons theories or massive gravity, nevertheless the speed is very constrained to be one by observations of gravitational wave emission. It has been shown that in inflation a disformal trans- formation allows to set the speed for tensor modes to one without making changes to the curvature power spectrum. Here we show that this invariance does not hold when considering the CMB anisotropy power spectrum. It turns out that the after doing the transformation there is an imprint on the acoustic peaks and the diffusion damping. This has interesting consequences; here we explore quartic galileon theories which allow a modified speed for tensor modes. For these theories the transformation can be used to constraint the parameter space in different regimes

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2016/08/024
Depositing User: Burrage, Clare
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2017 12:23
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 11:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39508

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