# How Isotropic is the Universe?

@article{Saadeh2016HowII, title={How Isotropic is the Universe?}, author={D. Saadeh and S. Feeney and A. Pontzen and H. Peiris and J. McEwen}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2016}, volume={117 13}, pages={ 131302 } }

A fundamental assumption in the standard model of cosmology is that the Universe is isotropic on large scales. Breaking this assumption leads to a set of solutions to Einstein's field equations, known as Bianchi cosmologies, only a subset of which have ever been tested against data. For the first time, we consider all degrees of freedom in these solutions to conduct a general test of isotropy using cosmic microwave background temperature and polarization data from Planck. For the vector mode… CONTINUE READING

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