Long Range Effects in Gravity Theories with Vainshtein Screening

Preprint number: CP3-Origins-2018-33 DNRF90
Authors: Matthias Bartelmann (Universität Heidelberg, Zentrum für Astronomie), Sven Meyer (Universität Heidelberg, Zentrum für Astronomie), Moritz Platscher (Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik), and Juri Smirnov (CP3-Origins & DIAS)

In this paper we study long range modifications of gravity in the consistent framework of bigravity, which introduces a second massive spin-2 field and allows to continuously interpolate between the regime of General Relativity (mediated by a massless spin-2 field) and massive gravity (mediated by a massive spin-2 field). In particular we derive for the first time the equations for light deflection in this framework and study the effect on the lensing potential of galaxy clusters. By comparison of kinematic and lensing mass reconstructions, stringent bounds can be set on the parameter space of the new spin-2 fields. Furthermore, we investigate galactic rotation curves and the effect on the observable dark matter abundance within this framework.