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Kinetic Theory in the Expanding Universe : Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics - Jeremy Bernstein

Kinetic Theory in the Expanding Universe

Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

By: Jeremy Bernstein, P. V. Landshoff (Editor), David R. Nelson (Editor), S. Weinberg (Editor)

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Published: 26th August 1988
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Kinetic Theory in the Expanding Universe is a self-contained exposition of the applications of kinetic theory to basic problems in modern cosmology, such as the role of stable and unstable massive neutrinos and the theory of cosmological helium production. There has been rapid development of the theory of the origin and evolution of the universe in recent years, stimulated, in large part, by new observations and theories in astrophysics and particle physics. Bernstein takes a different approach and studies what can be concluded from the application of kinetic theory, and in particular the Boltzmann equation and its solutions, to cosmological problems. He begins with a brief survey of the necessary relativity, cosmodynamics, and kinetic theory, before going on to discuss specific problems, such as the role of stable and unstable massive neutrinos, electron-positron annihilation and the theory of cosomological helium production. The focus is in obtaining both a theoretical understanding and concrete numerical results.

'The treatment of the book is mainly self-contained, and the physical problems are presented with high pedagogical experience.' Zentralblatt MATH

Preface
Tools: relativity
Tools: cosmodynamics
Tools: kinetic theory
The canonical example
The generalized Lee-Weinberg problem: background
The generalized Lee-Weinberg problem: examples
Unstable particles
The recombination regime
Cosmological helium production
Appendixes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521360500
ISBN-10: 0521360501
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th August 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.41