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The Early Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background : Theory and Observations - Norma G. Sanchez

The Early Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background

Theory and Observations

By: Norma G. Sanchez (Editor), Yuri N. Parijskij (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 2003
ISBN: 9781402017995
Number Of Pages: 574

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The goal of the Daniel Chalonge School on Astrofundamental Physics is to contribute to a theory of the universe (and particularly of the early universe) up to the marks, and at the scientific height of, the unprecedented accuracy, existent and expected, in the observational data. The impressive development of modern cosmology during the last decades is to a large extent due to its unification with elementary particle physics and quantum field theory. The cross-section between these fields has been increasing setting up Astrofundamental Physics. The early universe is an exceptional (theoretical and experimental) laboratory in this new discipline. This NATO Advanced Study Institute provided an up dated understanding, from a fundamental physics and deep point of view, of the progress and key issues in the early universe and the cosmic microwave background: theory and observations. The genuine interplay with large scale structure formation and dark matter problem were discussed. The central focus was placed on the cosmic microwave background. Emphasis was given to the precise inter-relation between fundamental physics and cosmology in these problems, both at the theoretical and experimental/observational levels, within a deep and well defined programme which provided in addition, a careful interdisciplinarity. Special sessions were devoted to high energy cosmic rays, neutrinos in astrophysics, and high energy astrophysics. Deep understanding, clarification, synthesis, careful interdisciplinarity within a fundamental physics framework, were the main goals of the course.

Prefacep. ix
The Early Universe
Early Cosmology and Fundamental Physicsp. 1
Advances in String Theory in Curved Backgrounds: A Synthesis Reportp. 19
Information from the Beginningp. 39
The Interior of Black Holes and their Astrophysicsp. 47
Primordial Magnetic Fields from Cosmological Phase Transitionsp. 65
Magnetogenesis, Variation of Gauge Couplings and Inflationp. 101
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Window to the Very Early Universe and some problems of "[mu]K Astrophysics"p. 129
Cosmological Parameters from Microwave Background Anisotropies and Galaxy Clusteringp. 141
Topology of the Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiationp. 159
Missing Parameters in the CMB Physicsp. 177
Cosmology with the S-Z Effectp. 201
Large Scale Structure, Dark Matter
The Wave Mechanics of Large-Scale Structurep. 219
Statistical Properties of Cosmological Fluctuationsp. 237
Initial Conditions, Discreteness and Non-Linear Structure Formation in Cosmologyp. 263
Statistical Mechanics of the Self-Gravitating Gas. Thermodynamic Limit, Phase Diagrams and Fractal Structuresp. 291
Statistical Mechanics and Galaxy Clusteringp. 325
High Energy and Neutrino Astrophysics
Astrophysics at the Highest Energy Frontiersp. 351
High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Science and First Resultsp. 401
Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays: Bottom-up vs. Top-down scenariip. 433
Acceleration of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays: Cosmic Zevatrons?p. 451
Origin of Cosmic Magnetic Fieldsp. 471
Cosmic Rays from PeV to ZeV, Stellar Evolution, Supernova Physics and Gamma Ray Burstsp. 489
Cosmic Rays and Space Weatherp. 517
Photographs of the Coursep. 559
Author Indexp. 573
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ISBN: 9781402017995
ISBN-10: 1402017995
Series: NATO Science Series II : Book 130
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 574
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 2.24

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