Theoretical implications of the CMB spectral distortions

  • L. Danese
  • C. Burigana
  • L. Toffolatti
  • G. De Zotti
  • A. Franceschini
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 164)


The spectral distortions of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) are quite informative on the processes that might (or had to) occur in the primordial plasma after the thermalization time, during an epoch which is crucial for the formation of the observed structures of the universe. Here we review the relevant processes generating CMB spectral distortions. We compare the presently available data on the spectrum with the predictions of a variety of theoretical scenarios. We also review the connections among the spectral shape of the CMB, the dipole anisotropy and the Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect.


Cosmic Microwave Background Compton Scattering Dust Emission High Redshift Baryon Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Danese
    • 1
  • C. Burigana
    • 1
  • L. Toffolatti
    • 1
  • G. De Zotti
    • 2
  • A. Franceschini
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di AstronomiaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Osservatorio AstronomicoPadovaItaly

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