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Early dark energy constraints on growing neutrino quintessence cosmologies

Noble Chamings, Finlay; Avgoustidis, Anastasios; Copeland, Edmund J.; Green, Anne M.; Li, Baojiu


Finlay Noble Chamings

Edmund J. Copeland

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Baojiu Li


We investigate cosmological models in which dynamical dark energy consists of a scalar field whose present-day value is controlled by a coupling to the neutrino sector. The behavior of the scalar field depends on three functions: a kinetic function, the scalar field potential, and the scalar field-neutrino coupling function. We present an analytic treatment of the background evolution during radiation and matter domination for exponential and inverse power law potentials, and find a relaxation of constraints compared to previous work on the amount of early dark energy in the exponential case. We then carry out a numerical analysis of the background cosmology for both types of potential and various illustrative choices of the kinetic and coupling functions. By applying bounds from Planck on the amount of early dark energy, we are able to constrain the magnitude of the kinetic function at early times.


Noble Chamings, F., Avgoustidis, A., Copeland, E. J., Green, A. M., & Li, B. (2019). Early dark energy constraints on growing neutrino quintessence cosmologies. Physical Review D, 100(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Aug 13, 2019
Publication Date Aug 15, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 23, 2019
Journal Physical Review D
Print ISSN 2470-0010
Electronic ISSN 2470-0029
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 100
Issue 4
Keywords Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
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