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Hidden Dimensions, Warped Gravity, Dark Energy

Eric Linder

UC Berkeley

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

There is no division between the human world and astrophysics.

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Everything is dynamic, all the way to the expansion of the universe.

The subtle slowing down and speeding up of the expansion, of distances with time: a(t), maps out cosmic history like tree rings map out the Earth’s climate history.

STScI

data from Supernova Cosmology Project (LBL) ; similar data from Hi-Z Team

graphic by Barnett, Linder, Perlmutter & Smoot (for OSTP)

Exploding stars – supernovae – are bright beacons that allow us to measure precisely the expansion over the last 10 billion years.

Beyond Einstein: What happens when gravity is no longer an attractive force?

Scientific American

Discovery(SCP,HiZ 1998): 70% of the universe acts this way!

Fundamentally new physics. Astronomy is the key.

What’s the Matter with Energy?

Why not just bring back the cosmological constant ()?

When physicists calculate how big should be, they don’t quite get it right.

They are off by a factor of

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

This is modestly called thefine tuningproblem.

Cosmic Coincidence

Size=2

Size=1/4

Size=1/2

Size=4

But it gets worse: Think of the energy in as the level of the quantum “sea”. At most times in history, matter is either drowned or dry.

Dark energy

Matter

Today

On Beyond !

On beyond ! It’s high time you were shown

That you really don’t know all there is to be known.

-- à la Dr. Seuss, On Beyond Zebra

We need to explore further frontiers in high energy physics, gravitation, and cosmology.

New quantum physics?Energy of the vacuum (nothing weighs something)?

New gravitational physics? Quantum gravity, supergravity, extra dimensions?

We need new ideas from physics and astrophysics (constrained by astronomy).

Extra dimensions have been used for unification in physics since the 1920s.

String theory likes 6 or 7 (or 8) extra dimensions.

Why don’t we see them?

Either they’re very small (compact, tightly rolled), or large but we’re restricted to a 3D subset -- a (mem)brane in a higher dimensional bulk.

Compact extra dimensions can be tested at high energies (or tabletop gravity experiments).

They may also explain the weakness of gravity.

In 4+N dimensions, Newton’s law is

F = G4+N1+N/2 m1m2/R2+N (R<<r)

F = [G4+N1+N/2 m1m2/rN]/R2 = [Gm1m2]/R2(R>>r)

So G = G4+N1+N/2 / VN.

For N=2, this solves the energy scale problem and predicts altered gravity on distances r < 1mm -- just what experiments are about to achieve!

Electro-magnetism?

Gravity?

Large extra dimensions -- braneworlds -- are more interesting astronomically.

Spacetime is warped by e-y as one moves a distance y off a brane. Think of the spacetime properties as an index of refraction: such a spatial gradient n localizes light (and the rest of physics).

This can solve energy scale problems:

Planck energy scale MPl = hc5/G = 1028 eV

Electroweak energy scale ~ 1 TeV = 1012 eV

y

Like localized light in a fiber optic, gravity will eventually leak off into hidden dimensions.

Or think of a tuning fork: it radiates sound in all directions, but the waves are stronger if localized.

On large (cosmological distances) there may be leaking gravity. The cosmic expansion would appear slower over these distances, i.e. accelerating today!

A new theory or a new component?

Inner solar system motions General Relativity

Outer solar system motions Pluto

Galaxy rotation curves Dark Matter

[NB: even TeVeS “new MOND” does not fit clusters, halo offset or flattening] [plus it involves 3 new fields and 3-4 new parameters]

Scalar-tensor gravity theories are faced with tests from solar system (Cassini ≈ 40000), stellar cooling, pulsars, primordial nucleosynthesis.

On Beyond !

You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found Once you go beyond and start poking around.

-- à la Dr. Seuss, On Beyond Zebra

We need to explore further frontiers in high energy physics, gravitation, and cosmology.

New quantum physics?Energy of the vacuum (nothing weighs something)?

New gravitational physics? Quantum gravity, supergravity, extra dimensions?

We need new, highly precise data

Astronomy is the Playing Field

Can we detect dark energy in the lab?

No direct detection:Dark energy in solar system = 3 hours of sunlight

Can look for hints in thelab and accelerator, like variations of fundamental constants (but better in universe), tabletop gravity experiments.

Solar system tests can give some constraints on new gravity.

Thebest laboratory for the New Physics is the universe.Astrophysics and cosmology will be the key playing fields.

Standard Candles

Brightness tells us distance away (lookback time)

Redshift measured tells us expansion factor (average distance between galaxies)

What makes SN measurement special? Control of systematic uncertainties

Each supernova is “sending” us a rich stream of information about itself.

Images

Nature of

Dark Energy

Redshift & SN Properties

Spectra

SCP, NERSC

data

analysis

physics

Design a Space Mission

HDF

GOODS

wide

9000 the Hubble Deep Field

plus 1/2 Million HDF

• Redshifts z=0-1.7 • Exploring the last 10 billion years • 70% of the age of the universe

deep

colorful

Both optical and infrared wavelengths to see thru dust.

NOAO: LBL CCD

Astronomy:

Wide Field Imaging from Space

Dark Energy and Dark MatterWeak and Strong LensingLarge Scale StructureClusters of GalaxiesQuasarsGalaxy Formation and EvolutionStellar PopulationsGalactic StructureMicro-LensingThe ISMThe Solar SystemSupernovae Star Formation

widefield.lbl.gov

Gravitational Lensing

Lensing measures the mass of clusters of galaxies.

By looking at lensing of sources at different distances (times), we measure the growth of mass.

Clusters grow by swallowing more and more galaxies, more mass.

Acceleration - stretching space - shuts off growth, by keeping galaxies apart.

So by measuring the growth history, lensing can detect the level of acceleration, the amount of dark energy.

Exploring the Unknown

When you have a mystery ailment,you want a diagnosis with blood tests, EKG, MRI,...

Complementary probes give crosschecks, synergy, reduced influence of systematics, robust answers.

Space observatory gives infrared and high redshift measurements, high resolution and lower systematics.

Wide field telescope gives multiple probes (e.g. SN Ia, Weak Lensing, Clusters, Strong Lensing, SN II) automatically, and rich astronomical resources.

Frontiers of the Universe

Size of Universe

Fate

History

0

Future Age of Universe

What is dark energy?

Will the universe expansion accelerate forever?

Does the vacuum decay? Phase transitions?

How many dimensions are there?

How are quantum physics and gravity unified?

What is the fate of the universe?

Uphill to the Universe!

Frontiers of the Universe

1919

1998

Breakthrough of the Year

2003

Let’s find out!

Cosmology holds the key to new physics in the next decade.

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