The interaction of matter and radiation in a hot-model universe

  title={The interaction of matter and radiation in a hot-model universe},
  author={Y. Zel’dovich and R. Sunyaev},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
  • Y. Zel’dovich, R. Sunyaev
  • Published 1969
  • Physics
  • Astrophysics and Space Science
  • In this paper we continue the investigation initiated by Weymann as to the reason why the spectrum of the residual radiation deviates from a Planck curve. We shall consider the distortions of the spectrum resulting from radiation during the recombination of a primeval plasma. Analytical expressions are obtained for the deviation from an equilibrium spectrum due to Compton scattering by hot electrons. On the basis of the observational data it is concluded that a period of neutral hydrogen in the… CONTINUE READING
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