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Screening maps of the local Universe I - methodology.

Shao, Shi and Li, Baojiu and Cautun, Marius and Wang, Huiyuan and Wang, Jie (2019) 'Screening maps of the local Universe I - methodology.', Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society., 489 (4). pp. 4912-4925.


We introduce the LOCal Universe Screening Test Suite (LOCUSTS) project, an effort to create ‘screening maps’ in the nearby Universe to identify regions in our neighbourhood which are screened, i.e., regions where deviations from General Relativity (GR) are suppressed, in various modified gravity (MG) models. In these models, deviations from the GR force law are often stronger for smaller astrophysical objects, making them ideal test beds of gravity in the local Universe. However, the actual behaviour of the modified gravity force also depends on the environment of the objects, and to make accurate predictions one has to take the latter into account. This can be done approximately using luminous objects in the local Universe as tracers of the underlying dark matter field. Here, we propose a new approach that takes advantage of state-of-the-art Bayesian reconstruction of the mass distribution in the Universe, which allows us to solve the modified gravity equations and predict the screening effect more accurately. This is the first of a series of works, in which we present our methodology and some qualitative results of screening for a specific MG model, f(R) gravity. Applications to test models using observations and extensions to other classes of models will be studied in future works. The screening maps of this work can be found at this link

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Publisher statement:This article has been accepted for publication in the Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2019 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Date accepted:28 August 2019
Date deposited:17 September 2019
Date of first online publication:05 September 2019
Date first made open access:17 September 2019

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