Extragalactic Background Radiation

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Overview

The extragalactic background radiation, from gamma-rays to radio waves, tells us a great deal about the formation and evolution of structure in the universe. A workshop at the Space Telescope Science Institute addressed this radiation, providing a unique opportunity for observational astronomers and theorists to share their expertise and to help synthesize a new understanding. This volume presents fourteen invited reviews from internationally renowned experts as an edited and coherent overview. Chapters address the gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, optical, infrared, microwave and radio backgrounds as well as the detection of anisotropies and the theory of structure formation. Together these reviews provide a unique, multi-wavelength overview of the extragalactic background radiation and how it relates to structure in the universe. They summarize our present knowledge, highlight outstanding problems and provide focus for future work. In this way they provide a unique reference for graduates and professionals in astronomy, cosmology and physics.

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Table of Contents

Contents; Preface; List of participants; 1. Introduction P. J. E. Peebles; 2. Extragalactic gamma-ray background N. Gehrels and C. Cheung; 3. The X-ray background (observations) G. Zamorani; 4. Extragalactic ultraviolet background radiation R. C. Henry and J. Murthy; 5. Ultraviolet background (theory) P. Jakobsen; 6. The optical extragalactic background radiation J. A. Tyson; 7. Infrared background (observations) M. G. Hauser; 8. The infrared background (theory) C. J. Lonsdale; 9. Microwave background radiation (observations) J. C. Mather; 10. Detection of degree scale anisotropy P. M. Lubin; 11. Cosmic microwave background anisotropies and structure formation in the universe N. Vittorio; The radio background emission - the long and short of it M. S. Longair; 13. The radio background: radio-loud galaxies at high and low redshifts J. A. Peacock; 14. Conference summary M. J. Rees.

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