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Context. Oscillation experiments yield strong evidence that at least some neutrinos are massive. As a hot dark-matter component, massive neutrinos would modify the expansion history of the Universe as well as the evolution of cosmological perturbations, differently from cold dark matter or dark energy. Aims. We use the latest release of CFHTLS cosmic-shear(More)
To resolve some unphysical interpretations related to velocity measurements by static observers, we discuss the use of generalized observer sets, give a prescription for defining the speed of test particles relative to these observers, and show that, for any locally inertial frame, the speed of a freely falling material particle is always less than the(More)
Context. Dark energy can be investigated in two complementary ways, by considering either general parameterizations or physically well-defined models. This article follows the second route and explores the observational constraints on quintessence models where the acceleration of our universe is driven by a slow-rolling scalar field. The analysis focuses on(More)
We explore the dynamics and evolution of the Universe at early and late times, focusing on both dark energy and extended gravity models and their astrophysical and cosmological consequences. Modified theories of gravity not only provide an alternative explanation for the recent expansion history of the universe, but they also offer a paradigm fundamentally(More)
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