TY - JOUR

T1 - Anthropic bound on dark radiation and its implications for reheating

AU - Takahashi, Fuminobu

AU - Yamada, Masaki

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© 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab.

PY - 2019/7/1

Y1 - 2019/7/1

N2 - We derive an anthropic bound on the extra neutrino species, Δ Neff, based on the observation that a positive Δ Neff suppresses the growth of matter fluctuations due to the prolonged radiation dominated era, which reduces the fraction of matter that collapses into galaxies, hence, the number of observers. We vary Δ Neff and the positive cosmological constant while fixing the other cosmological parameters. We then show that the probability of finding ourselves in a universe satisfying the current bound is of order a few percents for a flat prior distribution. If Δ Neff is found to be close to the current upper bound or the value suggested by the H0 tension, the anthropic explanation is not very unlikely. On the other hand, if the upper bound on Δ Neff is significantly improved by future observations, such simple anthropic consideration does not explain the small value of Δ Neff. We also study simple models where dark radiation consists of relativistic particles produced by heavy scalar decays, and show that the prior probability distribution sensitively depends on the number of the particle species.

AB - We derive an anthropic bound on the extra neutrino species, Δ Neff, based on the observation that a positive Δ Neff suppresses the growth of matter fluctuations due to the prolonged radiation dominated era, which reduces the fraction of matter that collapses into galaxies, hence, the number of observers. We vary Δ Neff and the positive cosmological constant while fixing the other cosmological parameters. We then show that the probability of finding ourselves in a universe satisfying the current bound is of order a few percents for a flat prior distribution. If Δ Neff is found to be close to the current upper bound or the value suggested by the H0 tension, the anthropic explanation is not very unlikely. On the other hand, if the upper bound on Δ Neff is significantly improved by future observations, such simple anthropic consideration does not explain the small value of Δ Neff. We also study simple models where dark radiation consists of relativistic particles produced by heavy scalar decays, and show that the prior probability distribution sensitively depends on the number of the particle species.

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U2 - 10.1088/1475-7516/2019/07/001

DO - 10.1088/1475-7516/2019/07/001

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:85072075416

SN - 1475-7516

VL - 2019

JO - Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

JF - Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

IS - 7

M1 - 001

ER -