Cosmic voids in evolving dark sector cosmologies: The high-redshift universe

Eromanga Adermann, Pascal J. Elahi, Geraint F. Lewis, Chris Power

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We compare the evolution of voids formed under the standard cosmological model and two alternative cosmological models. The two models are a quintessence model and a Coupled Dark Matter-Dark Energy model, both of which have evolving and interacting dark sectors. From N-body adiabatic hydrodynamical simulations of thesemodels, we measure the statistics and quantify the properties of voids over the redshift range z = 1.5-12: these include their population size, volumes, shapes, and average densities. We find that the latter property has potential as a probe of cosmology, particularly dark energy, as significant differences in average void densities exist between the alternative models and the standard model. We postulate that this signature arises from an increased evacuation rate of particles out of voids, or an earlier start to void evacuation, in the alternative models as a direct consequence of the dynamical scalar field, which also leads to greater void merger rates. Additionally, differences between the two alternative models are likely due to the drag force arising from dark sector coupling, acting on dark matter particles in our coupled model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4861-4877
Number of pages17
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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