The cosmic microwave background for pedestrians: A review for particle and nuclear physicists

Dorothea Samtleben, Suzanne Staggs, Bruce Winstein

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Abstract

We intend to show how fundamental science is drawn from the patterns in the temperature and polarization fields of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation, and thus to motivate the field of CMB research. We discuss the field's history, potential science and current status, contaminating foregrounds, detection and analysis techniques, and future prospects. Throughout the review we draw comparisons to particle physics, a field that has many of the same goals and that has gone through many of the same stages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
EditorsBoris Kayser, Barry Holstein, Abolhassan Jawahery
Pages245-283
Number of pages39
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Volume57
ISSN (Print)0163-8998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

Keywords

  • CMB
  • Cosmology
  • Inflation
  • Particle physics
  • Polarization
  • Receivers

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    Samtleben, D., Staggs, S., & Winstein, B. (2007). The cosmic microwave background for pedestrians: A review for particle and nuclear physicists. In B. Kayser, B. Holstein, & A. Jawahery (Eds.), Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science (pp. 245-283). (Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science; Vol. 57). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.nucl.54.070103.181232