Constraints and tensions in testing general relativity from Planck and CFHTLenS data including intrinsic alignment systematics

Dossett, Jason N., Ishak, Mustapha, Parkinson, David and Davis, Tamara M. (2015) Constraints and tensions in testing general relativity from Planck and CFHTLenS data including intrinsic alignment systematics. Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, 92 2: 023003-1-023003-12. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.92.023003

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Author Dossett, Jason N.
Ishak, Mustapha
Parkinson, David
Davis, Tamara M.
Title Constraints and tensions in testing general relativity from Planck and CFHTLenS data including intrinsic alignment systematics
Journal name Physical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1550-2368
Publication date 2015-07-15
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevD.92.023003
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 92
Issue 2
Start page 023003-1
End page 023003-12
Total pages 12
Place of publication College Park, MD 20740 United States
Publisher American Physical Society
Language eng
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We present constraints on testing general relativity (GR) at cosmological scales using recent data sets and assess the impact of galaxy intrinsic alignment in the CFHTLenS lensing data on those constraints. We consider data from Planck temperature anisotropies, the galaxy power spectrum from the WiggleZ survey, weak-lensing tomography shear-shear cross-correlations from the CFHTLenS survey, integrated Sachs Wolfe-galaxy cross-correlations, and baryon acoustic oscillation data. We use three different parametrizations of modified gravity (MG), one that is binned in redshift and scale, a parametrization that evolves monotonically in scale but is binned in redshift, and a functional parametrization that evolves only in redshift. We present the results in terms of the MG parameters Q and Σ. We employ an intrinsic alignment model with an amplitude ACFHTLenS that is included in the parameter analysis. We find an improvement in the constraints on the MG parameters corresponding to a 40–53% increase on the figure of merit compared to previous studies, and GR is found consistent with the data at the 95% confidence level. The bounds found on ACFHTLenS are sensitive to the MG parametrization used, and the correlations between ACFHTLenS and MG parameters are found to be weak to moderate. For all three MG parametrizations ACFHTLenS is found to be consistent with zero when the whole lensing sample is used; however, when using the optimized early-type galaxy sample a significantly nonzero ACFHTLenS is found for GR and the scale-independent MG parametrization. We find that the tensions observed in previous studies persist, and there is an indication that cosmic microwave background (CMB) data and lensing data prefer different values for MG parameters, particularly for the parameter Σ. The analysis of the confidence contours and probability distributions suggest that the bimodality found follows that of the known tension in the σ8 parameter.
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