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Published January 15, 2004 | Published
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Growth rate of large-scale structure as a powerful probe of dark energy


he redshift evolution of the growth rate of the gravitational potential, d(D/a)/dz, is an excellent discriminator of dark energy parameters and, in principle, more powerful than standard classical tests of cosmology. This evolution is directly observable through the integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect in cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies. We consider the prospects of measuring the growth rate via a novel method employed through measurements of CMB polarization towards galaxy clusters. The potentially achievable errors on dark energy parameters are comparable and fully complementary to those expected from other upcoming tests of dark energy, making this test a highly promising tool of precision cosmology.

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© 2004 The American Physical Society. Received 14 April 2003; published 30 January 2004. We thank I. Maor, A. Melchiorri and J. Ruhl for useful discussions. This work was supported in part by DoE (AC and DH) and the Sherman Fairchild Foundation (A.C.). A.C. thanks the Particle Astrophysics Group at CWRU for hospitality while this work was initiated.

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