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The Cosmological Background Radiation

The Cosmological Background Radiation


  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574372

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  • This is an introduction to the physics, astrophysics and cosmology of the cosmic microwave background radiation. The Standard Big Bang model of the universe is adopted at the outset. The topics then covered include origin of the background, then intrinsic fluctuations, followed by the universe and background radiation after recombination. Finally measurement of the radiation and its anisotropies is presented, along with a review of the current status of results and experiments. The authors assume the reader has a basic understanding of the central concepts of general relativity, but they avoid rigorous mathematical proofs and manipulations, preferring instead to concentrate on the information needed by hands-on cosmologists and astrophysicists. In this first edition in the English language, the authors have completely revised the text of the French edition. The level is ideally suited to final-year undergraduates in physics or astronomy.

    • Introductory level for physicists
    • Includes guide to web sites dedicated to the background radiation
    • Excellent balance of theory and observation
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    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574372
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The standard Big Bang models
    3. Galaxy formation
    4. The origin of the microwave background
    5. Intrinsic fluctuations in the CMBR
    6. After recombination
    7. Measuring the CMBR
    8. Measurements of the anisotropy
    9. Conclusions
    10. Bibliography.

  • Authors

    Marc Lachièze-Rey, Centre Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Saclay

    Edgard Gunzig, Université Libre de Bruxelles


    John Simmons

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