Structures in the Universe by Exact Methods: Formation, Evolution, Interactions

Structures in the Universe by Exact Methods: Formation, Evolution, Interactions

by Krzysztof Bolejko, Andrzej Krasinski, Charles Hellaby, Marie-Noelle Celerier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521769140

ISBN-13: 9780521769143

Pub. Date: 12/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As the structures in our Universe are mapped out on ever larger scales, and with increasing detail, the use of inhomogeneous models is becoming an essential tool for analyzing and understanding them. This book reviews a number of important developments in the application of inhomogeneous solutions of Einstein’s field equations to cosmology. It shows how

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As the structures in our Universe are mapped out on ever larger scales, and with increasing detail, the use of inhomogeneous models is becoming an essential tool for analyzing and understanding them. This book reviews a number of important developments in the application of inhomogeneous solutions of Einstein’s field equations to cosmology. It shows how inhomogeneous models can be employed to study the evolution of structures such as galaxy clusters and galaxies with central black holes, and to account for cosmological observations like supernovae dimming, the cosmic microwave background, baryon acoustic oscillations or the dependence of the Hubble parameter on redshift within classical general relativity. Whatever 'dark matter’ and 'dark energy’ turn out to be, inhomogeneities exist on many scales and need to be investigated with all appropriate methods. This book is of great value to all astrophysicists and researchers working in cosmology, from graduate students to academic researchers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521769143
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. The purpose of this book; Part I. Theoretical Background: 2. Exact solutions of Einstein's equations that are used in cosmology; 3. Light propagation; Part II. Applications of the Models in Cosmology: 4. Structure formation; 5. The cosmological constant and coincidence problems; 6. The horizon problem; 7. CMB temperature fluctuations; 8. Conclusions; References; Index.

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