Modern Cosmology by Scott DodelsonModern Cosmology by Scott Dodelson

Modern Cosmology

byScott DodelsonEditorScott Dodelson

Hardcover | March 13, 2003

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Modern Cosmologybegins with an introduction to the smooth, homogeneous universe described by a Friedman-Robertson-Walker metric, including careful treatments of dark energy, big bang nucleosynthesis, recombination, and dark matter. From this starting point, the reader is introduced to perturbations about an FRW universe: their evolution with the Einstein-Boltzmann equations, their generation by primordial inflation, and their observational consequences. These consequences include the anisotropy spectrum of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) featuring acoustic peaks and polarization, the matter power spectrum with baryonic wiggles, and their detection via photometric galaxy surveys, redshift distortions, cluster abundances, and weak lensing. The book concludes with a long chapter on data analysis.

Modern Cosmologyis the first book to explain in detail the structure of the acoustic peaks in the CMB, the E/B decomposition in polarization which may allow for detection of primordial gravity waves, and the modern analysis techniques used on increasingly large cosmological data sets. Readers will gain the tools needed to work in cosmology and learn how modern observations are rapidly revolutionizing our picture of the universe.

  • Provides foundations, calculations, and interpretations which illuminate current thinking in cosmology
  • Covers the major advances in cosmology over the past decade
  • Includes over 100 unique, pedagogical figures
Scott Dodelson is Head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at Fermilab and Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. at Columbia University and was a research fellow at Harvard before coming to Fermilab and Chicago. He is the author of more than seventy pap...
Title:Modern CosmologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:March 13, 2003Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0122191412

ISBN - 13:9780122191411

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Table of Contents

1. The Standard Model and Beyond
2. The Smooth, Expanding Universe
3. Beyond Equilibrium
4. The Boltzmann Equations
5. Einstein Equations
6. Initial Conditions
7. Inhomogeneities
8. Anisotropies
9. Probes of Inhomogeneities
10. Weak Lensing and Polarization
11. Analysis
A. Solutions to Selected Problems
B. Symbols
C. Numbers
D. Special Functions

Editorial Reviews

"...very up to date and gives excellent treatments of structure formation...The most complete such description in an textbook."- Paul H. Frampton, Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Oct 2003)"...provides an excellent introduction to some of the most dynamical areas in physics and astronomy."- Milan M. Cirkovic, Astronomical Obervatory of Belgrade, FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICS (Oct 2003)"New graduate students...should find it easy to learn from this book."-George Efstathiou, University of Cambride, England (July 2004)