Coherent Phase Argument for Inflation (English)

In: AIP Conference Proceedings   ;  689 ,  1  ;  184-196  ;  2003

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Cosmologists have developed a phenomenally successful picture of structure in the universe based on the idea that the universe expanded exponentially in its earliest moments. There are three pieces of evidence for this exponential expansion — inflation — from observations of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background. First, the shape of the primordial spectrum is very similar to that predicted by generic inflation models. Second, the angular scale at which the first acoustic peak appears is consistent with the flat universe predicted by inflation. Here I describe the third piece of evidence, perhaps the most convincing of all: the phase coherence needed to account for the clear peak/trough structure observed by the WMAP satellite and its predecessors.

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The Radio Ice Cherenkov Experiment
Adams, J. / Baird, A. / Bean, A. / Besson, D. / Byleen‐Higley, K. / Chambers, S. / Drees, J. / Graham, S. / Harris, P. / Kravchenko, I. et al. | 2003
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
Klein, Joshua R. | 2003
The Status of the Booster Neutrino Experiment at Fermilab (MiniBooNE)
Mills, Geoffrey B. | 2003
K2K Experiment
Nakaya, T. | 2003
Neutrino Physics Without Oscillations
Thomas, Anthony W. | 2003
Neutrinos under Strong Magnetic Fields
Ferrer, Efrain J. / de la Incera, Vivian | 2003
Some Remarks on Neutrino Oscillation and Masses
Zee, A. | 2003
Semileptonic and Rare B Decays at B Factories
Emery, Sandrine | 2003
Search for New States of Matter with the STAR Experiment at RHIC
Lange, Jens Sören | 2003
QCD Factorization in B Decays into ρπ
Guo, X.‐H. / Leitner, O. M. A. / Thomas, A. W. | 2003
CP Violation, Dark Matter and Extra Dimensions in the D‐Zero Experiment at the Tevatron
Ratoff, Peter Neil | 2003
B Physics (Theory)
Rosner, Jonathan L. | 2003
Dark Matter Detection
Caldwell, David O. | 2003
Coherent Phase Argument for Inflation
Dodelson, Scott | 2003
Dark Energy Present and Future
Frampton, Paul H. | 2003