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Modern Cosmology and the Dark Matter Problem : Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics - D. W. Sciama

Modern Cosmology and the Dark Matter Problem

Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics

By: D. W. Sciama, Peter Goddard (Editor), Julia Yeomans (Editor)


Published: 6th June 1994
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This book shows how modern cosmology and astronomy have led to the need to introduce dark matter in the universe. Some of this dark matter is in the familiar form of protons, electrons and neutrons, but most of it must have a more exotic form. The favoured, but not the only, possibility is neutrinos of non-zero rest mass, pair-created in the hot big bang and surviving to the present day. After a review of modern cosmology, this book gives a detailed account of the author's recent theory in which these neutrinos decay into photons which are the main ionising agents in hydrogen and nitrogen in the interstellar and intergalactic medium. This theory, though speculative, explains a number of rather different puzzling phenomena in astronomy and cosmology in a unified way and predicts values of various important quantities such as the mass of the decaying neutrino and the Hubble constant. Written by a cosmologist of the first rank, this topical book will be essential reading to all cosmologists and astrophysicists.

'This book is the epitome of clarity, and it will also make students think.' New Scientist 'Both of these volumes are snapshots of an interesting moment in the development of theoretical cosmology.' Science '94

Dark Matter in Astronomy and Cosmology
Dark matter in galaxies
Dark matter in clusters of galaxies
Dark matter in intergalactic space
The identity of the dark matter
Ionisation Problems in Astronomy and Cosmology
Diffuse ionisation in the Milky Way
Diffuse ionisation in spiral galaxies
The intergalactic flux of hydrogen-ionising photons
Neutrino Decay and Ionisation in the Universe
The radiative decay of massive neutrinos
Neutrino decay and the ionisation of the Milky Way
Neutrino decay and the ionisation of spiral galaxies
The intergalactic flux of ionising decay photons
The reionisation of the Universe
Observational Searches for the Neutrino Decay Line
Observational searches for the neutrino decay line
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521438483
ISBN-10: 0521438489
Series: Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 6th June 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36