The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 152, Issue 1, pp 139–181 | Cite as


  • G. Börner


Precise astronomical observations of the cosmic expansion and the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave background have confirmed the simple cosmological “big bang” models. They have also produced evidence for a strange composition of the cosmic matter and energy density. The known baryons contribute only 5 percent to the cosmic substrate, while 25 percent are due to unknown dark matter particles, and 70 percent seem to come from a mysterious dark energy component which presently acts like a cosmological constant accelerating the cosmic expansion.


Dark Matter Dark Energy Cosmological Model European Physical Journal Special Topic Cosmic Microwave Background 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarching bei MünchenGermany

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