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From Planck data to Planck era: observational tests of holographic cosmology

Afshordi, Niayesh, Coriano, Claudio, Delle Rose, Luigi, Gould, Elizabeth and Skenderis, Kostas (2017) From Planck data to Planck era: observational tests of holographic cosmology Physical Review Letters, pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

We test a class of holographic models for the very early universe against cosmological observations and find that they are competitive to the standard LambdaCDM model of cosmology. These models are based on three dimensional perturbative super-renormalizable Quantum Field Theory (QFT), and while they predict a different power spectrum from the standard power-law used in LambdaCDM, they still provide an excellent fit to data (within their regime of validity). By comparing the Bayesian evidence for the models, we find that LambdaCDM does a better job globally, while the holographic models provide a (marginally) better fit to data without very low multipoles (i.e. l < 30), where QFT becomes non-perturbative. Observations can be used to exclude some QFT models, while we also find models satisfying all phenomenological constraints: the data rules out the dual theory being Yang-Mills theory coupled to fermions only, but allows for Yang-Mills theory coupled to non-minimal scalars with quartic interactions. Lattice simulations of 3d QFT's can provide non-perturbative predictions for large-angle statistics of the cosmic microwave background, and potentially explain its apparent anomalies.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 December 2016
Published date: 27 January 2017
Organisations: Applied Mathematics

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Local EPrints ID: 404289
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/404289
PURE UUID: e0cd5184-a50c-45b9-8829-836af43d2d9d

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Date deposited: 05 Jan 2017 12:10
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:07

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Author: Niayesh Afshordi
Author: Claudio Coriano
Author: Luigi Delle Rose
Author: Elizabeth Gould

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