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Structure Formation in the Universe: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Structure Formation in the Universe Cambridge, U.K. 26 July - 6 August 1999 / Edition 1

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As this book was being written, the jigsaw puzzle of data from galaxies, Lyman alpha clouds, gravitational lensing and the cosmic microwave sky appeared for the first time to be coming together into a consistent theoretical model comprising a nearly flat universe with cold dark matter (CDM) and a cosmological constant. It was recognised, however, that the model leaves much to explain theoretically, especially the amount of fine tuning needed to get the desired cosmological constant. There is also a hint from gravitational lensing that the cosmological constant might be smaller than that required to explain the high redshift supernova data. CDM models produce dwarf galaxy haloes that are too numerous and too dense to be compatible with observation. There are also discussions of inflation and quantum cosmological theories of the initial conditions. The book also addresses observational issues, such as the TOCO results, the 2-degree field survey and the Sloan Digital Sky survey. Many lectures focus on the signatures in the cosmic microwave sky of various theoretical models.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402001550
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Series: Nato Science Series C: (closed) , #565
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Lecture 1
Cosmic Inflation 17
Before Inflation 43
Quantum Cosmology 63
The Future of Quantum Cosmology 75
The Global Cosmological Parameters 93
Observational Tests for the Cosmological Principle and World Models 131
Quintessence and Cosmic Acceleration 143
CMB Anisotropies and the Determination of Cosmological Parameters 179
Measuring the Anisotropy in the CMB: Current Status & Future Prospects 191
Observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background 215
CMB Analysis 241
Energy Flow in the Universe 283
Feedback in Galaxy Formation 295
Clustering of Mass and Galaxies 305
Large Scale Structure of the Universe 341
Gravitational Lensing for Cosmology 351
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey 371
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