TY - JOUR

T1 - The amplitude and spectral index of the large angular scale anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background radiation

AU - Ganga, Ken

AU - Page, Lyman

AU - Cheng, Edward

AU - Meyer, Stephan

N1 - Copyright:
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PY - 1994/9/1

Y1 - 1994/9/1

N2 - In many cosmological models, the large angular scale anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background is parameterized by a spectral index, n, and a quadrupolar amplitude, Q. For a Harrison-Peebles-Zel'dovich spectrum, n = 1. Using data from the Far Infrared Survey (FIRS) and a new statistical measure, a contour plot of the likelihood for cosmological models for which -1 < n < 3 and 0 ≤ Q ≤ 50 μK is obtained. Depending upon the details of the analysis, the maximum likelihood occurs at n between 0.8 and 1.4 and Q between 18 and 21 μK. Regardless of Q, the likelihood is always less than half its maximum for n < -0.4 and for n > 2.2, as it is for Q < 8 μK and Q > 44 μK.

AB - In many cosmological models, the large angular scale anisotropy in the cosmic microwave background is parameterized by a spectral index, n, and a quadrupolar amplitude, Q. For a Harrison-Peebles-Zel'dovich spectrum, n = 1. Using data from the Far Infrared Survey (FIRS) and a new statistical measure, a contour plot of the likelihood for cosmological models for which -1 < n < 3 and 0 ≤ Q ≤ 50 μK is obtained. Depending upon the details of the analysis, the maximum likelihood occurs at n between 0.8 and 1.4 and Q between 18 and 21 μK. Regardless of Q, the likelihood is always less than half its maximum for n < -0.4 and for n > 2.2, as it is for Q < 8 μK and Q > 44 μK.

KW - Cosmic microwave background

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U2 - 10.1086/187500

DO - 10.1086/187500

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:12044255305

VL - 432

SP - L15-L18

JO - Astrophysical Journal

JF - Astrophysical Journal

SN - 0004-637X

IS - 1 PART 2

ER -