Interacting dark matter and dark energy

Glennys R. Farrar, P. J.E. Peebles

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    We discuss models for the cosmological dark sector in which the energy density of a scalar field approximates Einstein's cosmological constant and the scalar field value determines the dark matter particle mass by a Yukawa coupling. A model with one dark matter family can be adjusted so the observational constraints on the cosmological parameters are close to but different from what is predicted by the ΛCDM model. This may be a useful aid to judging how tightly the cosmological parameters are constrained by the new generation of cosmological tests that depend on the theory of structure formation. In a model with two families of dark matter particles the scalar field may be locked to near zero mass for one family. This can suppress the long-range scalar force in the dark sector and eliminate evolution of the effective cosmological constant and the mass of the nonrelativistic dark matter particles, making the model close to ΛCDM, until the particle number density becomes low enough to allow the scalar field to evolve. This is a useful example of the possibility for complexity in the dark sector.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number1 I
    StatePublished - Mar 20 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science


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