3 years ago

A Tale of Two Scales: Screening in Large Scale Structure.

Matteo Fasiello, Zvonimir Vlah

The perturbative treatment of dark matter in structure formation relies on the existence of a well-defined expansion parameter, $k/k_{\rm NL}$, with $k_{\rm NL}$ signalling the onset and ultimately the leading role of non-linearities in the system. Cosmologies beyond the {\Lambda}CDM model often come with additional degree(s) of freedom. The scale $k_{\rm V}$ at which non-linearities become important in the additional sector(s) can be rather different from $k_{\rm NL}$. For theories endowed with a Vainshtein-type screening mechanism, $k_{\rm V}$ sets the scale where screening becomes efficient and restores continuity with the predictions of general relativity. This is precisely the dynamics that allows such theories to pass existing observational tests at scales where general relativity has been tested with exquisite precision (e.g. solar system scales). We consider here the mildly-non-linear scales of a dark matter component coupled to a galileon-type field and focus in particular on the case of a $k_{\rm V}$ < $k_{\rm NL}$ hierarchy. We put forward a phenomenological framework that describes the effects of screening dynamics on large scale structure observables.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1811.06089

DOI: arXiv:1811.06089v1

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