The Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect and its Cosmological Significance

  • Yoel Rephaeli
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 44)


Comptonization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation by hot gas in clusters of galaxies-the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (S-Z) effect- is of great astrophysical and cosmological significance. In recent years observations of the effect have improved tremendously; high signal-to-noise images of the effect (at low microwave frequencies) can now be obtained by ground-based interferometric arrays. In the near future, high frequency measurements of the effect will be made with bolomateric arrays during long duration balloon flights. Towards the end of the decade the PLANCK satellite will extensive S-Z surveys over a wide frequency range. Along with the improved observational capabilities, the theoretical description of the effect and its more precise use as a probe have been considerably advanced. I review the current status of theoretical and observational work on the effect, and the main results from its use as a cosmological probe.


Cosmic Microwave Background Crossover Frequency Angular Scale PLANCK Satellite Observational Capability 
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  • Yoel Rephaeli
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  1. 1.School of Physics & AstronomyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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