The Cosmic Microwave Background: From Quantum Fluctuations to the Present Universe / Edition 1

The Cosmic Microwave Background: From Quantum Fluctuations to the Present Universe / Edition 1

by Jose Alberto Rubio-Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 052176453X

ISBN-13: 9780521764537

Pub. Date: 01/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This volume presents the lectures of the nineteenth Canary Islands Winter School, dedicated to the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). This relict radiation from the very early Universe provides a fundamental tool for precision cosmology. Prestigious researchers in the field present a comprehensive overview of current knowledge of the CMB, reviewing the theoretical

Overview

This volume presents the lectures of the nineteenth Canary Islands Winter School, dedicated to the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). This relict radiation from the very early Universe provides a fundamental tool for precision cosmology. Prestigious researchers in the field present a comprehensive overview of current knowledge of the CMB, reviewing the theoretical foundations, the main observational results and the most advanced statistical techniques used in this discipline. The lectures give coverage from the basic principles to the most recent research results, reviewing state of the art observational and statistical analysis techniques. The impact of new experiments and the constraints imposed on cosmological parameters are emphasized and put into the broader context of research in cosmology. This is an important resource for both graduate students and experienced researchers, revealing the spectacular progress that has been made in the study of the CMB within the last decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521764537
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2010
Series:
Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors viii

List of participants ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 CMB Observations and cosmological constraints R. Bruce Partridge 1

2 The inflationary universe Sabino Matarrese 40

3 CMB theory from nucleosynthesis to recombination Wayne Hu 70

4 CMB fluctuations in the post-recombination Universe Matthias Bartelmann 108

5 Statistical techniques for data analysis in cosmology Licia Verde 128

6 Gaussianity Enrique Mart?nez-Gonz?lez 161

7 Galactic and extragalactic foregrounds Rodney D. Davies 192

8 Probes of fundamental cosmology Malcolm Longair 227

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