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Author de Putter, Roland ♦ Huterer, Dragan ♦ Linder, Eric V.
Source arXiv.org
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Date of Submission 2010-02-08
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics - Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract The nature of dark energy can be probed not only through its equation of state, but also through its microphysics, characterized by the sound speed of perturbations to the dark energy density and pressure. As the sound speed drops below the speed of light, dark energy inhomogeneities increase, affecting both CMB and matter power spectra. We show that current data can put no significant constraints on the value of the sound speed when dark energy is purely a recent phenomenon, but can begin to show more interesting results for early dark energy models. For example, the best fit model for current data has a slight preference for dynamics (w(a)\ne-1), degrees of freedom distinct from quintessence (c_s\ne1), and early presence of dark energy (Omega_ de(a<<1)\ne0). Future data may open a new window on dark energy by measuring its spatial as well as time variation.
Description Reference: Phys.Rev.D81:103513,2010
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 12


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