Cosmological Redshift and the Distance Scale

  • Yurij Baryshev
  • Pekka Teerikorpi
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 383)


Amidst the Great War raging in Europe, three remarkable articles appeared. Einstein (1917) presented the static, homogeneous, and finite cosmological model as a solution of his brand-new equations of general relativity. This required the introduction of the cosmological constant. de Sitter (1917) derived another solution: he made the matter density approach zero, and included the cosmological constant. This static world model predicted the “de Sitter effect” where light from remote objects is redshifted and the redshift has a non-linear dependence on the distance. In a novel manner, light became a tool to measure properties of the universe at large.


Dark Matter Active Galactic Nucleus Distance Scale Hubble Constant Broad Line Region 
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  1. 1.Institute of AstronomySt.Petersburg State UniversitySt.PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Tuorla Observatory, Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of TurkuPiikkiöFinland

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