|Cosmic Background Imager|
Polarization observations of the cosmic microwave background with the Cosmic Background Imager over the period September 2002 - May 2004 provide a highly significant detection of the E-mode polarization and reveal an angular power spectrum of polarized emission showing peaks and valleys that are shifted in phase by half a cycle relative to those of the total intensity spectrum, as predicted by theory. This key agreement between the phase of the observed polarization spectrum and that predicted based on the total intensity spectrum provides new support for the standard model of cosmology, in which dark matter and dark energy are the dominant constituents, the geometry is close to flat, and primordial density fluctuations are predominantly adiabatic with a matter power spectrum commensurate with inflationary cosmological models.
Science, Vol 306, Issue 5697, 836-844, 29 October 2004
Originally published in Science Express on 7 October 2004
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