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Astrophysics, Gravitation and Cosmology Seminar - Hayley Macpherson (U Chicago / KICP) “Low-redshift cosmic anisotropy in simulations using numerical relativity”

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Department of Physics
Loomis 464
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Oct 11, 2023   12:00 pm  
Hayley Macpherson
Deanna Frye
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Physics - Astrophysics, Relativity, and Cosmology Seminar

Modern cosmology heavily relies on the exactly homogeneous and isotropic Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) space-time metric, which provides the basis of the current standard cosmological model. Within this framework, interesting tensions between our increasingly precise data and theoretical predictions are coming to light. It is therefore timely to explore the potential for cosmological analysis outside of the simplified FLRW framework. I will discuss our recent work using Heinesen's generalised luminosity-distance redshift relation --- which accounts for all effects of inhomogeneity and anisotropy in distances to nearby objects. This framework will eventually allow for a fully model-independent analysis of low-redshift cosmological surveys. Although, due to the vastly increased number of degrees of freedom, some simplifications to this framework are required for use with current data.

I will present our calculations of the effective observational 'Hubble' and 'deceleration' parameters in cosmological simulations performed with numerical relativity --- which consider a fully inhomogeneous space-time evolution. We quantify the amplitude of anisotropies in these parameters as well as identify the dominant multipoles we expect to see. Anisotropies in these parameters exist for any universe which contains structure and could potentially bias low-redshift constraints which assume an isotropic expansion law. Lastly, I will present recent constraints on the dominant anisotropy in the Hubble parameter using the Pantheon+ supernova catalogue.

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