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Lueben, Marvin; Schmidt-May, Angnis and Weller, Jochen ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8282-2010 (2020): Physical parameter space of bimetric theory and SN1a constraints. In: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, No. 9, 024

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Abstract

Bimetric theory describes a massless and a massive spin-2 field with fully nonlinear (self-)interactions. It has a rich phenomenology and has been successfully tested with several data sets. However, the observational constraints have not been combined in a consistent framework, yet. We propose a parametrization of bimetric solutions in terms of the effective cosmological constant A and the mass m(FP) of the spin-2 field as well as its coupling strength to ordinary matter (alpha) over bar. This simplifies choosing priors in statistical analysis and allows to directly constrain these parameters with observational data not only from local systems but also from cosmology. By identifying the physical vacuum of bimetric theory these parameters are uniquely determined. We work out the new parametrization for various submodels and present the implied consistency constraints on the physical parameter space. As an application we derive observational constraints from SN1a on the physical parameters. We find that a large portion of the physical parameter space is in perfect agreement with current supernova data including self-accelerating models with a heavy spin-2 field.

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