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Title

How to relax the cosmological neutrino mass bound

AuthorsOldengott, I.M.; Barenboim, Gabriela ; Kahlen, S.; Salvado, Jordi; Schwarz, D.J.
Keywordsneutrino masses from cosmology
cosmological neutrinos
cosmological parameters from CMBR
cosmological parameters from LSS
Issue DateApr-2019
PublisherIOP Publishing
CitationJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 2019 (4): 049 (2019)
AbstractWe study the impact of non-standard momentum distributions of cosmic neutrinos on the anisotropy spectrum of the cosmic microwave background and the matter power spectrum of the large scale structure. We show that the neutrino distribution has almost no unique observable imprint, as it is almost entirely degenerate with the effective number of neutrino flavours, N, and the neutrino mass, m. Performing a Markov chain Monte Carlo analysis with current cosmological data, we demonstrate that the neutrino mass bound heavily depends on the assumed momentum distribution of relic neutrinos. The message of this work is simple and has to our knowledge not been pointed out clearly before: cosmology allows that neutrinos have larger masses if their average momentum is larger than that of a perfectly thermal distribution. Here we provide an example in which the mass limits are relaxed by a factor of two.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2019/04/049
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/208528
Identifiersdoi: 10.1088/1475-7516/2019/04/049
issn: 1475-7516
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