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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)

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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.

Preface
The Early Universe
Early Cosmology and Fundamental Physics
Advances in String Theory in Curved Backgrounds: A Synthesis Report
Information from the Beginning
The Interior of Black Holes and their Astrophysics
Primordial Magnetic Fields from Cosmological Phase Transitions
Magnetogenesis, Variation of Gauge Couplings and Inflation
The Cosmic Microwave Background
Window to the Early Universe and Some Problems of "muK Astrophysics"
Cosmological Parameters from Microwave Background Anisotropies and Galaxy Clustering
Topology of the Universe and Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
Missing Parameters in the CMB Physics
Cosmology with the S-Z Effect
Large-Scale Structure, Dark Matter
The Wave Mechanics of Large-Scale Structure
Statistical Properties of Cosmological Fluctuations
Initial Conditions, Discreteness and Non-Linear Structure Formation in Cosmology
Statistical Mechanics of the Self-Gravitating Gas
Thermodynamic Limit, Phase Diagrams and Fractal Structures
Statistical Mechanics and Galaxy Clustering
High Energy and Neutrino Astrophysics
Astrophysics at the Highest Energy Frontiers
High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Science and First Results
Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays: Bottom-up vs
Top-down Scenarios
Acceleration of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays: Cosmic Zevatrons?
Origin of Cosmic Magnetic Fields
Cosmic Rays from PeV to ZeV, Stellar Evolution, Supernova Physics and Gamma Ray Bursts
Cosmic Rays and Space Weather
Photographs of the Course
Author Index
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ISBN: 9781402018008
ISBN-10: 1402018002
Series: NATO Science Series II
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 574
Published: 31st December 2003
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 1.84