Gravitation and Cosmology

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 19–28 | Cite as

The Sachs-Wolfe effect in some anisotropic models

  • Paulo AguiarEmail author
  • Paulo Crawford


It is shown for some spatially homogeneous but anisotropic models how the inhomogeneities in the distribution of matter on the last scattering surface produce anisotropies on large angular scales (larger than θ > 2°) which do not differ from the ones produced in Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker (FLRW) geometries. That is, for these anisotropic models, the imprint left on the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) by the primordial density fluctuations, in the form of a fractional variation of the temperature of this radiation, is governed by the same expression as the one given for FLRW models. More precisely, under adiabatic initial conditions, the classical Sachs-Wolfe effect is recovered, provided the anisotropy of the overall expansion is small. This conclusion is in agreement with previous work on the same anisotropic models where we found that they may go through an ‘isotropization’ process up to the point that the observations are unable to distinguish them from the standard FLRW model, if the Hubble parameters along the orthogonal directions are assumed to be approximately equal at the present epoch. Here we assumed upper bounds on the present values of anisotropy parameters imposed by COBE observations.


Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Hubble Parameter Anisotropic Model Shear Tensor Locally Rotationally Symmetric 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Astronomia e Astrofísica da Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal

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