We study the implications and limitations of galaxy cluster surveys for constraining models of particle physics and gravity beyond the Standard Model. Flux limited cluster counts probe the history of large scale structure formation in the universe, and as a result provide useful constraints on cosmological parameters. As a result of uncertainties in some aspects of cluster dynamics, cluster surveys are currently more useful for analyzing physics that would affect the formation of structure than physics that would modify the appearance of clusters. As an example we consider the ΛCDM (Λ cold dark matter) cosmology and dimming mechanisms, such as photon-axion mixing.
- Classical tests of cosmology
- Cosmology of theories beyond the SM
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics