Graduate Seminar, 14th March

Speaker: Albin Nilsson

Title: Constraining Lorentz Invariance Violating Scenarios in Rainbow Gravity by Cosmological Data

Abstract: The standard relativistic dispersion relation is modified to break Lorentz symmetry, which is predicted in the high-energy regime of certain theories of quantum gravity. We show that is it possible to realise this scenario in the framework of Rainbow Gravity. We also derive the modified Friedmann-Lemaitre-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) equations and show that these lead to a change in the standard expression for luminosity distance. $G$ and $\Lambda$ are assumed to be energy dependent; we give two explicit examples of this and constrain these functions using the Union2.1 Sn1a dataset. We also consider a more general case with an undefined function and obtain constraints on its magnitude.

For more details please see https://arxiv.org/abs/1701.00533