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Evolution of density perturbations in f(R) theories of gravity

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Cruz Dombriz, Álvaro de la and Dobado González, Antonio and López Maroto, Antonio (2008) Evolution of density perturbations in f(R) theories of gravity. Physical Review D , 77 (12). ISSN 1550-7998

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In the context of f(R) theories of gravity, we study the evolution of scalar cosmological perturbations in the metric formalism. Using a completely general procedure, we find the exact fourth-order differential equation for the matter density perturbations in the longitudinal gauge. In the case of sub-Hubble modes, the expression reduces to a second-order equation which is compared with the standard (quasistatic) equation used in the literature. We show that for general f(R) functions the quasistatic approximation is not justified. However, for those functions adequately describing the present phase of accelerated expansion and satisfying local gravity tests, it provides a correct description for the evolution of perturbations.


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© American Physical Society.
We would like to thank A. Starobinsky for useful comments and J. A. R. Cembranos and J. Beltrán
n for their
continuous encouragement. This work has been partially
supported by the DGICYT (Spain) under projects FPA
2004-02602, FPA 2005-02327, and CAM/UCM 910309
and by UCM-Santander PR34/07-15875.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Cosmological Perturbations, Accelerating Universe, Dark Energy, Supernovae, Constant
Subjects:Sciences > Physics
ID Code:21464
Deposited On:12 Jun 2013 16:51
Last Modified:19 Feb 2015 09:11

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