Dark Matter and Dark Energy

A Challenge for Modern Cosmology

  • Sabino Matarrese
  • Monica Colpi
  • Vittorio Gorini
  • Ugo Moschella

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 370)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Cosmology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 3-131
    3. Alan Heavens
      Pages 177-216
    4. Lauro Moscardini, Klaus Dolag
      Pages 217-237
  3. Dark Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Guido D’Amico, Marc Kamionkowski, Kris Sigurdson
      Pages 241-272
    3. Antonio Masiero
      Pages 273-293
    4. Andrea Giuliani
      Pages 295-328
  4. Dark Energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Shinji Tsujikawa
      Pages 331-402
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 403-404

About this book


This book brings together reviews from leading international authorities on the developments in the study of dark matter and dark energy, as seen from both their cosmological and particle physics side. Studying the physical and astrophysical properties of the dark components of our Universe is a crucial step towards the ultimate goal of unveiling their nature. The work developed from a doctoral school sponsored by the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitation. The book starts with a concise introduction to the standard cosmological model, as well as with a presentation of the theory of linear perturbations around a homogeneous and isotropic background. It covers the particle physics and cosmological aspects of dark matter and (dynamical) dark energy, including a discussion of how modified theories of gravity could provide a possible candidate for dark energy. A detailed presentation is also given of the possible ways of testing the theory in terms of cosmic microwave background, galaxy redshift surveys and weak gravitational lensing observations. Included is a chapter reviewing extensively the direct and indirect methods of detection of the hypothetical dark matter particles. Also included is a self-contained introduction to the techniques and most important results of numerical (e.g. N-body) simulations in cosmology. This volume will be useful to researchers, PhD and graduate students in Astrophysics, Cosmology Physics and Mathematics, who are interested in cosmology, dark matter and dark energy.


CMB and LSS observations N-body simulations cosmological perturbation theory dark energy modeling dark matter detection gravitational lensing modified theories of gravity numerical simulations relativistic cosmology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sabino Matarrese
    • 1
  • Monica Colpi
    • 2
  • Vittorio Gorini
    • 3
  • Ugo Moschella
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica G. GalileiUniversità degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica G. OcchialiniUniversità de Milano BicoccaMilanoItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Fisica e MatematicaUniversità dell’InsubriaComoItaly

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