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COSMIC BACKGROUND RADIATION MINI-REVIEW

Douglas Scott 1 and George F. Smoot 2


1 University of British Columbia
2 UCB / LBNL


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Description of CMB Anisotropies
The Monopole
The Dipole
Higher Order Multipoles
Angular Resolution and Binning

COSMOLOGICAL PARAMETERS

PHYSICS OF ANISOTROPIES
The Sachs-Wolfe plateau: ell ltapprox 100
The acoustic peaks: 100 ltapprox ell ltapprox 1000
The damping tail: ell gtapprox 1000

CURRENT ANISOTROPY DATA

CMB POLARIZATION

COMPLICATIONS
Foregrounds
Secondary Anisotropies
Higher-order Statistics

CONSTRAINTS ON COSMOLOGIES

PARTICLE PHYSICS CONSTRAINTS

FUNDAMENTAL LESSONS

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

REFERENCES

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