Model selection using cosmic chronometers with gaussian processes

Fulvio Melia, Manoj K. Yennapureddy

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The use of Gaussian Processes with a measurement of the cosmic expansion rate based solely on the observation of cosmic chronometers provides a completely cosmology-independent reconstruction of the Hubble constant H(z) suitable for testing different models. The corresponding dispersion σH is smaller than ∼ 9% over the entire redshift range (0 . z . 2) of the observations, rivaling many kinds of cosmological measurements available today. We use the reconstructed H(z) function to test six different cosmologies, and show that it favours the Rh = ct universe, which has only one free parameter (i.e., H0) over other models, including Planck ΛCDM. The parameters of the standard model may be re-optimized to improve the fits to the reconstructed H(z) function, but the results have smaller p-values than one finds with Rh = ct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Feb 6 2018

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