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Monday, March 02, 2009

Dark radiation and dark energy

New paper!


Dark radiation as a signature of dark energy

Sourish Dutta, Stephen D. H. Hsu, David Reeb, Robert J. Scherrer

We propose a simple dark energy model with the following properties: the model predicts a late-time dark radiation component that is not ruled out by current observational data, but which produces a distinctive time-dependent equation of state $w(z)$ for $z < 3$. The dark energy field can be coupled strongly enough to Standard Model particles to be detected in colliders, and the model requires only modest additional particle content and little or no fine-tuning other than a new energy scale of order milli-electron volts.

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