About Me

I work in theoretical cosmology, and I am interested in Dark Energy (DE) and Modified Gravity (MG) phenomenology with the aim of addressing some of the pressing theoretical, methodological and observational problems raised by current cosmological data.
In particular I am focusing my research on what deals with combining theoretical, numerical and observational tools to build a consistent framework to perform model-dependent and model-independent tests of gravity over the full range of cosmological scales, starting from large linear scales to small non-linear ones.
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Contact Details

Marco Raveri
via Bonomea 265,
34136, Trieste, ITALY
(+39) 349 3002707


Cosmic Acceleration

A Universe described by General Relativity (GR) and filled with ordinary matter is naturally expected to experience decelerated expansion. One of the most remarkable results of contemporary observational cosmology is the evidence that this is not the case. This cosmic acceleration is today one of the few evidences of the existence of physical phenomena beyond what we already know.
How we can build working models of this phenomenon? How we can test them? What cosmological probes can we use to distinguish between different candidate models?

Cosmological tests of gravity

Observations of our universe, in the era of precision cosmology, give us the possibility to access physical phenomena on energy and distance scales that are not reachable in any other way. This wealth of data can be used to study fundamental theories, in particular gravitational ones, giving us information complementary to solar system tests.
How can we optimally use the data of the next generation of cosmological probes, like Euclid, LSST, WFIRST and SKA, to find or constrain deviations from General Relativity? How much information about gravity can we extract from these probes?

More generally, I am interested in

  • Large Scale Structure probes of DE and MG;
  • Statistical and computational methods in cosmology;
  • Cosmological perturbation theory;
  • How to test new physics with cosmological observations;
  • Any new cosmological probe;
  • Non-standard explanations of cosmic acceleration.

INSPIRE LINK to my publications

Refereed Papers in Primary Journals

  1. Can modified gravity models reconcile the tension between CMB anisotropy and lensing maps in Planck-like observations? (PRD 2015)
  2. Exploring massive neutrinos in dark cosmologies with EFTCAMB/EFTCosmoMC (PRD 2015)
  3. Measuring the speed of cosmological gravitational waves (PRD 2015)
  4. Effective Field Theory of Cosmic Acceleration: constraining dark energy with CMB data (PRD 2014)
  5. Effective Field Theory of Cosmic Acceleration: an implementation in CAMB (PRD 2014)
  6. Effective Field Theory of Dark Energy: a Dynamical Analysis (JCAP 2014)

Papers Submitted to Primary Journals

  1. Horava Gravity in the Effective Field Theory formalism: from cosmology to observational constraints (arXiv:1508.01787), submitted to Physics of the Dark Universe
  2. Is there concordance within the concordance ΛCDM model? (arXiv:1510.00688), submitted to Physical Review Letters

Other contributions

  1. EFTCAMB/EFTCosmoMC: Numerical Notes v1.1 (arXiv:1405.3590)



EFTCAMB is a patch of the public Einstein-Boltzmann solver CAMB, which implements the Effective Field Theory approach to cosmic acceleration. The code can be used to investigate the effect of different EFT operators on linear perturbations as well as to study perturbations in any specific DE/MG model that can be cast into EFT framework. To interface EFTCAMB with cosmological data sets, we equipped it with a modified version of CosmoMC, namely EFTCosmoMC, creating a bridge between the EFT parametrization of the dynamics of perturbations and observations.


CosmicFish is a modern library for cosmological forecasts. The code can be used to obtain expected bounds on cosmological parameters for a wide range of models and observables. This tools is using EFTCAMB and MGCAMB to ensure the maximum coverage of cosmological models and will serve two important purposes. At first it will allow to optimise model testing, forecasting the expected constraints on several models and parametrizations to select the ones that are better constrained by the data. In the second place it will allow the design and optimization of experimental probes that aim at testing gravitational theories.


CRYPSIS is a set of tools to perform finite elements simulations of screening mechanisms in highly non-linear environments. The additional interaction that is included to source cosmic acceleration is strongly constrained by solar system tests. Viable models of DE/MG successfully develop a screening mechanism to hide the presence of this force on such scales. Generally these mechanisms rely on non-linear interactions or self- interactions between the scalar field sourcing the fifth force, gravity and matter. These non-linearities make it impossible to understand analytically the behaviour of these screening mechanisms in realistic situations and the CRYPSIS code will numerically fill this gap. Among other applications it will allow the design of laboratory experiments to test the presence of additional forces by looking at the objects for which these screening mechanisms are less effective. On the long run this will also help in making the connection with large scale modelling completing the range of scales over which we will perform cosmological tests of gravity. I am developing the CRYPSIS code as part of a Master in High Performance Computing and it will be publicly released in fall 2016.


  1. Seminar at the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics (INPA), Oct. 2015, Berkeley (California)
    Title: The Effective Field Theory approach to gravitation on cosmological scales
  2. Seminar at the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics (SITP), Oct. 2015, Stanford (California)
    Title: The Effective Field Theory approach to gravitation on cosmological scales
  3. Seminar at the Institute for Strings, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP), Oct. 2015, New York (New York)
    Title: The Effective Field Theory approach to gravitation on cosmological scales
  4. Contributed talk at COSMO-15, Sept. 2015 (Poland)
    Title: The Effective Field Theory approach to modified gravity phenomenology”
  5. Contributed talk at Euclid Consortium meeting, June 2015, Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Title: Computation of CMB-LSS cross correlation spectra in EFT Cosmologies
  6. Seminars at NAOC, May 2015, Beijing (China)
    Title: The Effective Field Theory Approach to Dark Energy Phenomenology
    Title: Measuring the speed of cosmological gravitational waves
  7. Invited lecturer to Virtual Institute of Astroparticle Physics, Sept. 2014
    Title: Measuring the speed of cosmological gravitational waves
  8. Seminar at the Instituut-Lorentz for theoretical physics, Sept. 2014, Leiden (Netherlands)
    Title: Measuring the speed of cosmological gravitational waves