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Constraints on cosmological parameters from MAXIMA-1

Balbi, A., Ade, Peter A. R., Bock, J., Borrill, J., Boscaleri, A., De Bernardis, P., Ferreira, P. G., Hanany, S., Hristov, V., Jaffe, A. H., Lee, A. T., Oh, S., Pascale, Enzo, Rabii, B., Richards, P. L., Smoot, G. F., Stompor, R., Winant, C. D. and Wu, J. H. P. 2000. Constraints on cosmological parameters from MAXIMA-1. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 545 (1) , L1. 10.1086/317323

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We set new constraints on a seven-dimensional space of cosmological parameters within the class of inflationary adiabatic models. We use the angular power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background measured over a wide range of l in the first flight of the MAXIMA balloon-borne experiment (MAXIMA-1) and the low-l results from the COBE Differential Microwave Radiometer experiment. We find constraints on the total energy density of the universe, Ω = 1.0img1.gif, the physical density of baryons, Ωbh2 = 0.03 ± 0.01, the physical density of cold dark matter, Ωcdmh2 = 0.2img2.gif, and the spectral index of primordial scalar fluctuations, ns = 1.08 ± 0.1, all at the 95% confidence level. By combining our results with measurements of high-redshift supernovae we constrain the value of the cosmological constant and the fractional amount of pressureless matter in the universe to 0.45 < ΩΛ < 0.75 and 0.25 < Ωm < 0.50, at the 95% confidence level. Our results are consistent with a flat universe and the shape parameter deduced from large-scale structure, and in marginal agreement with the baryon density from big bang nucleosynthesis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: cosmic microwave background; cosmology: observations; large-scale structure of universe
Publisher: Institute of Physics
ISSN: 0004-637X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:59

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