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Cosmological Implications of the MAXIMA-I High-Resolution Microwave Background Anisotropy Measurement

Stompor, R., Abroe, M., Ade, Peter A. R., Balbi, A., Barbosa, D., Bock, James J., Borrill, J., Boscaleri, A., de Bernardis, P., Hanany, S., Ferreira, P. G., Hristov, V., Jaffe, A. H., Lee, A. T., Pascale, Enzo, Rabii, B., Richards, P. L., Smoot, G. F., Winant, C. D. and Wu, J. H. P. 2001. Cosmological Implications of the MAXIMA-I High-Resolution Microwave Background Anisotropy Measurement. The Astrophysical Journal 561 , L7-L10. 10.1086/324438

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We discuss the cosmological implications of the new constraints on the power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy derived from a new high-resolution analysis of the MAXIMA-1 measurement. The power spectrum indicates excess power at l ~ 860 over the average level of power at 411 ? l ? 785. This excess is statistically significant at the ~95% confidence level. Its position coincides with that of the third acoustic peak, as predicted by generic inflationary models selected to fit the first acoustic peak as observed in the data. The height of the excess power agrees with the predictions of a family of inflationary models with cosmological parameters that are fixed to fit the CMB data previously provided by BOOMERANG-LDB and MAXIMA-1 experiments. Our results therefore lend support for inflationary models and more generally for the dominance of adiabatic coherent perturbations in the structure formation of the universe. At the same time, they seem to disfavor a large variety of the nonstandard (but inflation-based) models that have been proposed to improve the quality of fits to the CMB data and the consistency with other cosmological observables. Within standard inflationary models, our results combined with the COBE/Differential Microwave Radiometer data give best-fit values and 95% confidence limits for the baryon density, ?bh2 simeq 0.033

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmic microwave background; cosmology: observations
ISSN: 0004-6256
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:40

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