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A solution to the electroweak horizon problem in the R-h = ct universe

Melia, Fulvio (SPRINGER, 2018-09)

Particle physics suggests that the Universe may have undergone several phase transitions, including the well- known inflationary event associated with the separation of the strong and electroweak forces in grand unified theories. The accelerated cosmic expansion during this transition, at cosmic time t ∼ 10−36 − 10−33 s, is often viewed as an explanation for the uniformity of the CMB temperature, T , which would otherwise have required inexplicable initial conditions. With the discovery of the Higgs particle, it is now quite likely that the Universe underwent another (elec- troweak) phase transition, at T = 159.5 ± 1.5 GeV – roughly ∼ 10−11 s after the big bang. During this event, the fermions gained mass and the electric force separated from the weak force. There is currently no established explanation, however, for the apparent uniformity of the vacuum expectation value of the Higgs field which, like the uniformity in T , gives rise to its own horizon problem in standard ΛCDM cosmology. We show in this paper that a solution to the electroweak horizon problem may be found in the choice of cosmological model, and demonstrate that this issue does not exist in the alterna- tive Friedmann–Robertson–Walker cosmology known as the Rh = ct universe.

Cosmological test using the Hubble diagram of high-z quasars

Melia, Fulvio (OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2019-08-01)

It has been known for over three decades that the monochromatic X-ray and UV luminosities in quasars are correlated, though non-linearly. This offers the possibility of using high-z quasars as standard candles for cosmological testing. In this paper, we use a recently assembled, high-quality catalogue of 1598 quasars extending all the way to redshift similar to 6, to compare the predictions of the R-h = ct and Lambda cold dark matter (Lambda CDM) cosmologies. In so doing, we affirm that the parameters characterizing the correlation depend only weakly on the chosen cosmology, and that both models account very well for the data. Unlike Lambda CDM, however, the R-h = ct model has no free parameters for this work, so the Bayesian Information Criterion favours it over Lambda CDM with a relative likelihood of similar to 88 per cent versus similar to 10 per cent. This result is consistent with the outcome of other comparative tests, many of which have shown that R-h = ct is favoured over the standard model based on a diverse range of observations.

Using Spatial Curvature with H II Galaxies and Cosmic Chronometers to Explore the Tension in H 0

Ruan, Cheng-Zong; Melia, Fulvio; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Tong-Jie (IOP PUBLISHING LTD, 2019-08-21)

We present a model-independent measurement of spatial curvature Omega(k) in the Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker universe, based on observations of the Hubble parameter H(z) using cosmic chronometers, and a Gaussian process (GP) reconstruction of the H II galaxy Hubble diagram. We show that the imposition of spatial flatness (i.e., Omega(k) - 0) easily distinguishes between the Hubble constant measured with Planck and that based on the local distance ladder. We find an optimized curvature parameter Omega(k) = -0.120(-0.147)(+0.168) when using the former (i.e., H-0 = 67.66 +/- 0.42 km s(-1) Mpc(-1)), and Omega(k) = -0.298(-0.088)(+0.122) for the latter (H-0 = 73.24 +/- 1.74 km s(-1) Mpc(-1)). The quoted uncertainties are extracted by Monte Carlo sampling, taking into consideration the covariances between the function and its derivative reconstructed by GP. These data therefore reveal that the condition of spatial flatness favors the Planck measurement, while ruling out the locally inferred Hubble constant as a true measure of the large-scale cosmic expansion rate at a confidence level of similar to 3 sigma.

Testing viable f(R) models with the angular-diameter distance to compact quasar cores

Sultana, Joseph; Melia, Fulvio; Kazanas, Demosthenes (AMER PHYSICAL SOC, 2019-05-06)

We consider here some popular f(R) models generally viewed as possible alternatives to the existence of dark energy in General Relativity. For each of these, we compute the redshift zmax at which the angular diameter distance dA(z) is expected to reach its maximum value. This turning point in dA(z) was recently measured in a model-independent way using compact quasar cores and was found to occur at zmax=1.70±0.20. We compare the predictions of zmax for the f(R) models with this observed value to test their viability at a deeper level than has been attempted thus far, thereby quantifying an important observational difference between such modified gravity scenarios and standard Lambda Cold Dark Matter (ΛCDM) cosmology. Our results show that, while the most popular f(R) models today are consistent with this measurement to within 1σ, the turning point zmax will allow us to prioritize these alternative gravity theories as the measurement precision continues to improve, particularly with regard to how well they mitigate the tension between the predictions of ΛCDM and the observations. For example, while the Hu-Sawicki version of f(R) increases this tension, the Starobinky model reduces it.

Model selection with strong-lensing systems

Leaf, Kyle; Melia, Fulvio (OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2018-05-24)

In this paper, we use an unprecedentedly large sample (158) of confirmed strong lens systems for model selection, comparing five well-studied Friedmann–Robertson–Walker cosmologies: ΛCDM, wCDM (the standard model with a variable dark-energy equation of state), the Rh = ct universe, the (empty) Milne cosmology, and the classical Einstein-de Sitter (matter-dominated) universe. We first use these sources to optimize the parameters in the standard model and show that they are consistent with Planck, though the quality of the best fit is not satisfactory. We demonstrate that this is likely due to underreported errors, or to errors yet to be included in this kind of analysis. We suggest that the missing dispersion may be due to scatter about a pure single isothermal sphere (SIS) model that is often assumed for the mass distribution in these lenses. We then use the Bayes information criterion, with the inclusion of a suggested SIS dispersion, to calculate the relative likelihoods and ranking of these models, showing that Milne and Einstein-de Sitter are completely ruled out, while Rh = ct is preferred over ΛCDM/wCDM with a relative probability of ∼73percent versus ∼24percent. The recently reported sample of new strong lens candidates by the Dark Energy Survey, if confirmed, may be able to demonstrate which of these two models is favoured over the other at a level exceeding 3σ.

A comparison of the R_h=ct and LCDM cosmologies using the Cosmic Distance Duality Relation

Melia, Fulvio (OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2018-09-21)

The cosmic distance duality (CDD) relation (based on the Etherington reciprocity theorem) plays a crucial role in a wide assortment of cosmological measurements. Attempts at confirming it observationally have met with mixed results, though the general consensus appears to be that the data do support its existence in nature. A common limitation with past approaches has been their reliance on a specific cosmological model, or on measurements of the luminosity distance to Type Ia SNe, which introduces a dependence on the presumed cosmology in spite of beliefs to the contrary. Confirming that the CDD is actually realized in nature is crucial because its violation would require exotic new physics. In this paper, we study the CDD using the observed angular size of compact quasar cores and a Gaussian Process reconstruction of the H II galaxy Hubble diagram – without pre-assuming any particular background cosmology. In so doing, we confirm at a very high level of confidence that the angular-diameter and luminosity distances do indeed satisfy the CDD. We then demonstrate the potential power of this result by utilizing it in a comparative test of two competing cosmological models – the Rh = ct universe and ΛCDM – and show that Rh = ct is favoured by the CDD data with a likelihood ∼82.3 per cent compared with ∼17.7 per cent for the standard model.

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