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Dark Energy
Theory and Observations

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  • Date Published: July 2010
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521516006

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  • Dark energy, the mysterious cause of the accelerating expansion of the universe, is one of the most important fields of research in astrophysics and cosmology today. Introducing the theoretical ideas, observational methods and results, this textbook is ideally suited to graduate courses on dark energy, and will also supplement advanced cosmology courses. Providing a thorough introduction to this exciting field, the textbook covers the cosmological constant, quintessence, k-essence, perfect fluid models, extra-dimensional models, and modified gravity. Observational research is reviewed, from the cosmic microwave background to baryon acoustic oscillations, weak lensing and cluster abundances. Every chapter ends with problems, with full solutions provided, and any calculations are worked through step-by-step.

    • Covers the cosmological constant, quintessence, k-essence, perfect fluid models, extra-dimensional models, and modified gravity
    • Reviews observational research on the cosmic microwave background, baryon acoustic oscillations, weak lensing and cluster abundances
    • Step-by-step calculations and many exercises with full solutions help students understand the material
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    "One strength of Amendola and Tsujikawa's book is the level of detail it provides on dark energy models … comprehensive."
    Joshua Frieman, Physics Today

    "… tightly-packed, of a high standard, making appreciable demands upon the reader, student, and researcher … succeeds in its purpose of bringing the reader closer to an appreciation of the wonders and the complexities that cosmology sets out to elucidate."
    Contemporary Physics

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    • Date Published: July 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521516006
    • length: 506 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 180 x 28 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 63 b/w illus. 44 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Overview
    2. Expansion history of the universe
    3. Correlation function and power spectrum
    4. Basics of cosmological perturbation theory
    5. Observational evidence of dark energy
    6. Cosmological constant
    7. Dark energy as a modified form of matter I: quintessence
    8. Dark energy as a modified form of matter II
    9. Dark energy as a modification of gravity
    10. Cosmic acceleration without dark energy
    11. Dark energy and linear cosmological perturbations
    12. Non-linear cosmological perturbations
    13. Statistical methods in cosmology
    14. Future observational constraints on the nature of dark energy
    15. Conclusion and outlook
    16. Answers to the problems
    17. Mathematical appendix
    Index.

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    Dark Energy

    Luca Amendola, Shinji Tsujikawa

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    Luca Amendola, Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Heidelberg
    Luca Amendola is Professor of Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is also an astronomer at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Rome, and has authored more than 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

    Shinji Tsujikawa, Tokyo University of Science
    Shinji Tsujikawa is Associate Professor at Tokyo University of Science in Japan, where he teaches cosmology and relativity. He has published more than 80 papers in international refereed journals and has over 60 collaborators worldwide.

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