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Title: No new cosmological concordance with massive sterile neutrinos
Author: Leistedt, B.
Peiris, H.V.
Verde, Licia
Keywords: Neutrins
Issue Date: Jul-2014
Publisher: American Physical Society
Abstract: It has been claimed recently that massive sterile neutrinos could bring about a new concordance between observations of the cosmic microwave background, the large-scale structure of the Universe, and local measurements of the Hubble constant, H0. We demonstrate that this apparent concordance results from combining data sets which are in significant tension, even within this extended model, possibly indicating remaining systematic biases in the measurements. We further show that this tension remains when the cosmological model is further extended to include significant tensor modes, as suggested by the recent BICEP2 results. Using the Bayesian evidence, we show that the cold dark matter model with a cosmological constant is strongly favored over its neutrino extensions by various combinations of data sets. Robust data combinations yield stringent limits of ∑mν≲0.3  eV and meffν,sterile≲0.3  eV at 95% C.L. for the sum of active and sterile neutrinos, respectively.
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It is part of: Physical Review Letters, 2014, vol. 113, num. 4, p. 041301-1-041301-5
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ISSN: 0031-9007
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