Observational cosmology

RH Sanders*

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Abstract

I discuss the classical cosmological tests, i.e., angular size-redshift, flux-redshift, and galaxy number counts, in the light of the cosmology prescribed by the interpretation of the CMB anisotropies. The discussion is somewhat of a primer for physicists, with emphasis upon the possible systematic uncertainties in the observations and their interpretation. Given the curious composition of the Universe inherent in the emerging cosmological model, I stress the value of searching for inconsistencies rather than concordance, and suggest that the prevailing mood of triumphalism in cosmology is premature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPHYSICS OF THE EARLY UNIVERSE
EditorsE Papantonopoulos
Place of PublicationBERLIN
PublisherSpringer
Pages105-137
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)3-540-22712-1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event2nd Aegean School on the Early Universe - , Greece
Duration: 22-Sep-200330-Sep-2003

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Volume653
ISSN (Print)0075-8450

Other

Other2nd Aegean School on the Early Universe
CountryGreece
Period22/09/200330/09/2003

Keywords

  • PROBE WMAP OBSERVATIONS
  • GRAVITATIONAL LENS B1608+656
  • SIZE REDSHIFT RELATION
  • HUBBLE DEEP FIELD
  • IA SUPERNOVAE
  • PRIMORDIAL ABUNDANCE
  • LUMINOSITY FUNCTION
  • DARK ENERGY
  • MASS MODELS
  • CONSTANT

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