Regular Article – Theoretical Physics
Rastall gravity extension of the standard CDM model: theoretical features and observational constraints
Department of Physics, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, 34469, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Mathematics, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, 333031, India
3 Divisão de Astrofísica, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Avenida dos Astronautas 1758, 12227-010, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil
Accepted: 20 October 2020
Published online: 13 November 2020
We present a detailed investigation of the Rastall gravity extension of the standard CDM model. We review the model for two simultaneous modifications of different nature in the Friedmann equation due to the Rastall gravity: the new contributions of the material (actual) sources (considered as effective source) and the altered evolution of the material sources. We discuss the role/behavior of these modifications with regard to some low redshift tensions, including the so-called tension, prevailing within the standard CDM. We constrain the model at the level of linear perturbations, and obtain the first constraints through a robust and accurate analysis using the latest full Planck cosmic microwave background (CMB) data, with and without including baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) data. We find that the Rastall parameter (null for general relativity) is consistent with zero at 68% CL (with a tendency towards positive values, (CMB+BAO) at 68% CL), which in turn implies no significant statistical evidence for deviation from general relativity, and also a precision of for the coefficient of the term in the Einstein field equations of general relativity (guaranteeing the local energy-momentum conservation). We explore the consequences led by the Rastall gravity on the cosmological parameters in the light of the observational analyses. It turns out that the effective source, with a present-day density parameter (CMB+BAO, 68% CL), dynamically screens the usual vacuum energy at high redshifts, but this mechanism barely works due to the opposition by the altered evolution of cold dark matter. Consequently, two simultaneous modifications of different nature in the Friedmann equation by the Rastall gravity act against each other, and do not help to considerably relax the low redshift tensions, including the so-called tension. Our results may offer a guide for the research community that studies the Rastall gravity in various aspects of gravitation and cosmology.
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