Constraining the Asymptotically Safe cosmology: Cosmic acceleration without dark energy

Fotios K. Anagnostopoulos, Spyros Basilakos, Georgios Kofinas, Vasileios Zarikas

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Abstract

A recently proposed Asymptotically Safe cosmology provides an elegant mechanism towards understanding the nature of dark energy and its associated cosmic coincidence problem. The underlying idea is that the accelerated expansion of the universe can occur due to infrared quantum gravity modifications at intermediate astrophysical scales (galaxies or galaxy clusters) which produce local anti-gravity sources. In this cosmological model no extra unproven energy scales or fine-tuning are used. In this study the Asymptotically Safe model is confronted with the most recent observational data from low-redshift probes, namely measurements of the Hubble parameter, standard candles (Pantheon SnIa, Quasi-stellar objects), Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations (BAOs) and high redshift probes (CMB shift parameters). Performing an overall likelihood analysis we constrain the free parameters of the model and we test its performance against the concordance model (flat ΛCDM) utilizing a large family of information criteria. We find that the Asymptotically Safe model is statistically equivalent with ΛCDM, hence it can be seen as a viable and very efficient cosmological alternative.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053
JournalJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Volume2019
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 26 2019

Keywords

  • Dark energy experiments
  • Dark energy theory
  • Modified gravity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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