Distance priors from Planck and dark energy constraints from current data

August 2013 • 2013PhRvD..88d3522W

Authors • Wang, Yun • Wang, Shuang

Abstract • We derive distance priors from Planck first data release, and examine their impact on dark energy constraints from current observational data. We give the mean values and covariance matrix of {R,labh2,ns}, which give an efficient summary of Planck data. The cosmic microwave background shift parameters are R=ΩmHo2r(z*), and la=πr(z*)/rs(z*), where z* is the redshift at the last scattering surface, and r(z*) and rs(z*) denote our comoving distance to z* and sound horizon at z* respectively. We find that Planck distance priors are significantly tighter than those from WMAP9. However, adding Planck distance priors does not lead to significantly improved dark energy constraints using current data, compared to adding WMAP9 distance priors. This is because Planck data appear to favor a higher matter density and lower Hubble constant, in tension with most of the other current cosmological data sets. Adding Planck distance priors to current data leads to a marginal inconsistency with a cosmological constant in a flat universe.


IPAC Authors


Yun Wang

Senior Scientist