A CMB polarization primer

@article{White1997ACP,
  title={A CMB polarization primer},
  author={W. White},
  journal={New Astronomy},
  year={1997},
  volume={2},
  pages={323-344}
}
  • W. White
  • Published 1997
  • Physics
  • New Astronomy
Abstract We present a pedagogical and phenomenological introduction to the study of cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization to build intuition about the prospects and challenges facing its detection. Thomson scattering of temperature anisotropies on the last scattering surface generates a linear polarization pattern on the sky that can be simply read off from their quadrupole moments. These in turn correspond directly to the fundamental scalar (compressional), vector (vortical), and… Expand
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