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New Results on CMB Structure from the Tenerife Experiments

  • R.D. Davies (a1), C.M. Gutiérrez (a1), R.A. Watson (a2), R. Rebolo (a2), A.N. Lasenby (a3) and S. Hancock (a3)...

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Temperature fluctuations in the CMB (Cosmic Microwave Background) are a key prediction of cosmological models of structure formation in the early Universe. Observations at the Teide Observatory, Tenerife using radiometers operating at 10, 15 and 33 GHz have revealed individual hot and cold features in the microwave sky at high Galactic latitudes. These well-defined features are not atmospheric or Galactic in origin; they represent the first detection of individual primordial fluctuations in the CMB. Their intensity is defined by an intrinsic rms amplitude of 54−10 +14 μK for a model with a coherence angle of 4°. The expected quadrupole term for a Harrison-Zel'dovich spectrum is QRMS–PS = 26 ± 6 μK. When our data at Dec=+40° are compared with the COBE DMR two-year data, the presence of individual features is confirmed. New experiments to detect structure on smaller scales are described.

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New Results on CMB Structure from the Tenerife Experiments

  • R.D. Davies (a1), C.M. Gutiérrez (a1), R.A. Watson (a2), R. Rebolo (a2), A.N. Lasenby (a3) and S. Hancock (a3)...

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