3K: The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

3K: The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

by R. B. Partridge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521358086

ISBN-13: 9780521358088

Pub. Date: 05/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This timely review covers all aspects of three decades of study of this ghostly remnant of the hot Big Bang origin of the Universe, and examines the consequences for astrophysics, cosmology and theories of the evolution of large-scale cosmic structure. The observational techniques used to measure the spectrum of CBR and its angular distribution on the sky are

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Overview

This timely review covers all aspects of three decades of study of this ghostly remnant of the hot Big Bang origin of the Universe, and examines the consequences for astrophysics, cosmology and theories of the evolution of large-scale cosmic structure. The observational techniques used to measure the spectrum of CBR and its angular distribution on the sky are examined in clear but critical detail: from the work of Penzias and Wilson in 1964 to the latest results from NASA's Cosmic Microwave Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. This review takes these observations and shows how they have shaped our current understanding of the early history of the Universe and of the origin and evolution of the large-scale structures in it. As a comprehensive and up-to-date reference, this book is suitable for researchers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521358088
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Astrophysics Series, #25
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Cosmology; 2. The early history of CBR studies; 3. Radio astronomy; 4. The spectrum of the CBR; 5. What we learn from observations of the CBR spectrum; 6. Searches for anisotropy in the CBR on large angular scales; 7. Searches for anisotropy in the CBR on small angular scales; 8. What do we learn from the angular distribution of the CBR?; Appendices; Index.

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