Title: Modified Gravity after GW170817: Phenomenology and Cosmological bounds
The standard cosmological model, LCDM, is based on General relativity and assumes the Universe is made of a Dark energy component in the form of a cosmological constant (L). Although LCDM gives an astonishing description of the Universe, the model shows some shortcomings: the so-called cosmological constant problems. Furthermore, some mild observational tensions among different datasets emerge in this model, for instance, on the value of the Hubble constant (H0) and amplitude of the matter power spectrum at present time and scale of 8 h/Mpc. This picture summarizes the motivations at the basis of speculations on the validity of the LCDM model and the search for new physics beyond the standard model.
I will present the phenomenology and cosmological bounds on alternative cosmological models compatible with the stringent constraint on the speed of propagation of gravitational waves from GW170817 and GRB170817A. I will show how some of them either offer a better fit to data than LCDM or alleviate the H0 tension.