A complete account of the fundamental techniques of general relativity and their application to cosmology. The book includes reviews of the different cosmological models and their classification, including such topics as causality and horizons, the cosmological parameters, observational tests and constraints of cosmology, symmetries and the large scale topology of space and space-time, and the use of supernovas as cosmological indicators.
The perturbations to the cosmological models are discussed throughout the volume. The cosmic microwave background is presented, with an emphasis in secondary distortions in relation to cosmological models and large scale structures. Recent results on dark matter are summarised. A general review of primordial nucleosynthesis is given. Gravitational lensing is discussed in great detail. Most contributions show a balance between theory and observation.
Readership: A solid background for students and researchers intending to work in the field of theoretical and observational cosmology.
Preface. List of Lecturers. List of Students. Cosmological Models. Cargése lectures 1998; G.F.R. Ellis, H. Van Helst. Topology of the Universe: Theory and Observation; J.-P. Luminet, B.F. Roukema. Symmetries in General Relativity and Beyond; M. Lachiéze-Rey. Gravitational Lenses; F. Bernardeau. Cosmological Applications of Gravitational Lensing; Y. Mellier. Measurement of Cosmological Parameters Using Type IA Supernovae; R. Pain. Primordial Nucleosynthesis; K.A. Olive. Searches for Dark Matter; J. Rich. Temperature Anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background; N. Aghanim. Primordial Galaxies: From Local HII Galaxies to High Redshift Galaxies; D. Kunth. Active Galactic Nuclei; G. Mathez. Cosmic Velocity Fields; J.F.L. Simmons.
Series: NATO Science Series U
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 30th September 1999
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.59