Cosmological constraints on Newton’s gravitational constant

We study the variation of the gravitational Newton’s constant on cosmological scales in scalar-tensor theories of gravity. We focus on the simplest models of scalar-tensor theories with a coupling to the Ricci scalar of the form F(σ)=N2pl+ξσ2, such as extended Jordan-Brans-Dicke (Npl=0), or a non-minimally coupled scalar field with Npl=Mpl, which permits the gravitational constant to vary self-consistently in time and space. In addition, we allow the gravitational constant to differ from the Newton’s constant G, i.e. Geff(z=0)=G(1+Δ)2. Combining the information from {\em Planck} 2018 CMB temperature, polarization and lensing, together with a compilation of BAO measurements from BOSS, we constrain the imbalance to Δ=−0.022±0.023 (68% CL) and the coupling to 103ξ<0.82 (95% CL) for JBD and for a non-minimally coupled scalar field we constrain the imbalance to Δ>−0.018 (<0.021) and the coupling parameter to ξ<0.089 (ξ>−0.041) both at 95% CL. These constraints correspond to a variation of the gravitational constant now respect to the one in the radiation era to be smaller than 3% (95% CL) and to the ratio of the gravitational Newton’s constant measured from cosmological scales and the one measured in a Cavendish-like experiment to be smaller than 4-15% (95% CL). With current data, we observe that the degeneracy between Δ, the coupling ξ, and H0 allows for a larger value of the Hubble constant increasing the agreement between the measurement of the Hubble constant by the SH0ES team and its value inferred by CMB data. Future data such as the combination of CMB anisotropies from LiteBIRD and CMB-S4, and large-scale structures galaxy clustering from DESI and galaxy shear from LSST will reduce the uncertainty to σ(Δ)=0.004.

Cosmological constraints on Newton’s gravitational constant, Mario BallardiniFabio FinelliDomenico Sapone, arXiv:2111.09168