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Testing modified gravity using a marked correlation function.

Armijo, J. and Cai, Y.-C. and Padilla, N. and Li, B. and Peacock, J. A. (2018) 'Testing modified gravity using a marked correlation function.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 478 (3). pp. 3627-3632.


In theories of modified gravity with the chameleon screening mechanism, the strength of the fifth force depends on environment. This induces an environment dependence of structure formation, which differs from Λ-cold-dark-matter (ΛCDM). We show that these differences could be captured by the marked correlation function. With the galaxy correlation functions and number densities calibrated to match between f(R) and ΛCDM models in simulations, we show that the marked correlation functions by using either the local galaxy number density or halo mass as the marks encode extra information, which can be used to test these theories. We discuss possible applications of these statistics in observations.

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Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society © 2018 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:14 May 2018
Date deposited:12 July 2018
Date of first online publication:21 May 2018
Date first made open access:12 July 2018

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