Published in New Astronomy Reviews, Vol. 43, Issue 2-4, pp. 157-168


INTRODUCTION TO MICROWAVE BACKGROUND POLARIZATION

Arthur Kosowsky


Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University, 136 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019 USA
E-mail: kosowsky@physics.rutgers.edu


Key words: cosmology, microwave background
PACS: 98.70.V, 98.80.C


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

REVIEW OF STOKES PARAMETERS

POLARIZATION FROM THOMSON SCATTERING

GENERATION OF MICROWAVE BACKGROUND POLARIZATION

POLARIZATION AND SOUND WAVES

THE TENSOR HARMONIC EXPANSION

POLARIZATION AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS

REFERENCES

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