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Constraining cosmological parameters with observational data including weak lensing effects

Abstract : In this Letter, we study the cosmological implications of the 100 square degree Weak Lensing survey (the CFHTLS-Wide, RCS, VIRMOS-DESCART and GaBoDS surveys). We combine these weak lensing data with the cosmic microwave background (CMB) measurements from the WMAP5, BOOMERanG, CBI, VSA, ACBAR, the SDSS LRG matter power spectrum and the Type Ia Supernoave (SNIa) data with the “Union” compilation (307 sample), using the Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to determine the cosmological parameters, such as the equation-of-state (EoS) of dark energy w, the density fluctuation amplitude σ8, the total neutrino mass ∑mν and the parameters associated with the power spectrum of the primordial fluctuations. Our results show that the ΛCDM model remains a good fit to all of these data. In a flat universe, we obtain a tight limit on the constant EoS of dark energy, w=−0.97±0.041 (1σ). For the dynamical dark energy model with time evolving EoS parameterized as wde(a)=w0+wa(1−a), we find that the best-fit values are w0=−1.064 and wa=0.375, implying the mildly preference of Quintom model whose EoS gets across the cosmological constant boundary during evolution. Regarding the total neutrino mass limit, we obtain the upper limit, ∑mν<0.471 eV (95% C.L.) within the framework of the flat ΛCDM model. Due to the obvious degeneracies between the neutrino mass and the EoS of dark energy model, this upper limit will be relaxed by a factor of 2 in the framework of dynamical dark energy models. Assuming that the primordial fluctuations are adiabatic with a power law spectrum, within the ΛCDM model, we find that the upper limit on the ratio of the tensor to scalar is r<0.35 (95% C.L.) and the inflationary models with the slope ns1 are excluded at more than 2σ confidence level. In this Letter we pay particular attention to the contribution from the weak lensing data and find that the current weak lensing data do improve the constraints on matter density Ωm, σ8, ∑mν, and the EoS of dark energy.
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H. Li, J. Liu, J.-Q. Xia, Luyan Sun, Z.-H. Fan, et al.. Constraining cosmological parameters with observational data including weak lensing effects. Modern Physics Letters B, World Scientific Publishing, 2009, 675, pp.164-169. ⟨10.1016/j.physletb.2009.04.015⟩. ⟨in2p3-00377676⟩

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