Measurements of cosmic background radiation anisotropy at intermediate angular scale

Lucio Piccirillo, Paolo Calisse

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    Results from an Antarctic ground-based experiment devoted to the search for fluctuations in the cosmic background radiation (CBR) are presented. We have developed an off-axis telescope with a Gaussian beam response of 50′ FWHM and with a beam-throw adjustable from 0° to 2°. The detector was a 3He bolometer working at 0.35 K and operating at 2.2 mm wavelength. The data collected show evidence of fluctuations at a level of ΔTrms/T = 4.5 × 10-5 at an angular scale of 40′. The expected fluctuations obtained by extrapolating the COBE result down to this angular scale, in a cold dark matter scenario, are a factor 2.5 lower (1.8 × 10-5). If residual systematic effects or cold galactic dust emission are responsible for the signal detected, our result should be considered as an upper limit to CBR anisotropy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)529-533
    Number of pages4
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 1993


    • Cosmic microwave background


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