Structure Formation in the Universe

Structure Formation in the Universe

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T. Padmanabhan
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 5/6/1993
EAN 9780521424868, ISBN10: 0521424860

Paperback, 500 pages, 25.4 x 18 x 3 cm
Language: English

Understanding the way in which large-scale structures like galaxies form remains the most challenging problem in cosmology today. This text provides an up-to-date and pedagogical introduction to this exciting area of research. Part 1 deals with the Friedmann model, the thermal history of the Universe, and includes a description of observed structures in the Universe. Part 2 describes the theory of gravitational instability in both the linear and non-linear regimes. This part also includes chapters on the microwave background radiation, large-scale velocity fields, quasars and high redshift objects. Part 3 covers inflation, cosmic strings and dark matter. Each chapter is accompanied by a comprehensive set of exercises to help the reader in self-study. The book will be of interest to research and graduate students in cosmology, relativity, theoretical physics, astrophysics and astronomy. It is also suitable for use as a graduate textbook for introductory graduate level courses.

Part I. The Smooth Universe
1. Introducing the Universe
2. The Friedmann model
3. Thermal history of the Universe
Part II. The Clumpy Universe
4. Growth of linear perturbations
5. Statistical properties of the density fluctuations
6. The microwave background radiation
7. The linear theory
velocity fields
8. The non-linear evolution
9. The non-linear theory
high redshift objects
Part III. Towards a More Complete Picture
10. The origin of initial perturbations
11. Dark matter
12. Epilogue
Notes and references