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Title: The Cosmic Microwave Background

Authors: Arthur Kosowsky (Rutgers University)
Abstract: This set of lectures provides an overview of the basic theory and phenomenology of the cosmic microwave background. Topics include a brief historical review; the physics of temperature and polarization fluctuations; acoustic oscillations of the primordial plasma; the space of inflationary cosmological models; current and potential constraints on these models from the microwave background; and constraints on inflation.
Comments: 52 pages. Lectures given at the Italian Society of Gravitational Physics summer school in Como, Italy, May 2000
Subjects: Astrophysics (astro-ph)
Journal reference: in Modern Cosmology, eds. S. Bonometto, V. Gorini, and U. Moschella (IOP Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia, 2002)
Report number: RAP-290
Cite as: arXiv:astro-ph/0102402
  (or arXiv:astro-ph/0102402v1 for this version)

Submission history

From: Arthur Kosowsky [view email]
[v1] Fri, 23 Feb 2001 04:24:58 GMT (53kb)