Popular Astronomy

Matter, Dark Matter, and Anti-Matter

In Search of the Hidden Universe

Authors: Mazure, Alain, Le Brun, Vincent

  • Presents the nature of "ordinary matter" in the universe and how it developed from the first three seconds to the present universe
  • Includes the latest information on current astrophysical research concerning hidden or dark baryons
  • Demonstrates how cosmologists aim to uncover the nature of "hidden" baryons
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For over ten years, the dark side of the universe has been headline news. Detailed studies of the rotation of spiral galaxies, and 'mirages' created by clusters of galaxies bending the light from very remote objects, have convinced astronomers of the presence of large quantities of dark (unseen) matter in the cosmos. The most striking fact is that they seem to compromise about 95% of the matter/energy content of the universe. As for ordinary matter, although we are immersed in a sea of dark particles, including primordial neutrinos and photons from fossil cosmological radiation, both we and our environment are made of ordinary, 'baryonic' matter. Authors Mazure and Le Brun present the inventory of matter, baryonic and exotic, and investigating the nature and fate of matter's twin, anti-matter. They show how technological progress has been a result of basic research, in tandem with the evolution of new ideas, and how the combined effect of these advances might help lift the cosmic veil.

About the authors

Dr. Alain Mazure started his career in 1973 as a teacher-researcher at University Paris 7, and then moved to CNRS in 1983. After a doctorate in the field of atomic physics, he applied himself to cosmology. Dr. Mazure worked on the then so-called “hidden mass” problem in clusters of galaxies, particularly in developing large observational programs and working on the future of performing instrumentation in order to explore the large scale structures of the universe. After a stay in Montpellier, he moved to Marseilles where he founded a Cosmology group. Dr. Mazure is particularly involved in the quest of dark matter and dark energy in synergy with particles and theoretical physics. He has participated in several projects aimed at this “quest” which could be the Grail of contemporary physics and cosmology. Dr. Mazure is also the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and several books about Cosmology, including the Springer title Exploding Superstars: Understanding Supernovae and Gamma-Ray Bursts.

Dr. Vincent Le Brun received a Ph.D. at ‘Institut d’ Astrophysique de Paris’ on gaseous content of the Universe, as studied through the absorption lines detected in the spectra of background quasars. He has spent 4 years of post-doctoral fellowship at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique Spatiale, working partly on the FUSE experiment scientific programs. Shortly after arriving in Marseille, Dr. Le Brun started working within the VIMOS consortium to design and work on the data of the VIMOS spectrograph that has been installed on the VLT telescopes. He is the co-author of more than 60 referred papers in the field of observational cosmology.

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From the reviews:

“This complete, timely presentation explains why people can see only 4 percent of the universe. … Well-selected color plates add to reader interest. A brief appendix, glossary of definitions, and index support the text. … the book will appeal most to scientifically inclined senior undergraduates through professional readers … . Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 49 (10), June, 2012)

“The aim of this book is … to explain the concepts behind this revolution and allow the layman to understand the phenomena and measurements that enabled this new view to arise. With a layout as clear as the prose and a lavish use of illustrations, colour photographs, and line diagrams, the book is mostly successful in its aim. … an excellent introductory astronomy text at A-level or first-year-undergraduate-level physics or indeed as a useful inspirational book for continuing-education courses.” (Barry Kent, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1229), August, 2012)

“The presentation of this popular text is very readable, it contains a lot of pictures, mainly of astronomical objects outside our galaxy, and explains several of the observational techniques and instruments. The main topic is modern cosmology, the relation between dark matter, dark energy, and anti-matter in the cosmos are discussed in details. The book contains almost no formula, even the blackbody radiation formula is replaced by a figure to explain the frequency distribution of the cosmic background radiation.” (Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1235, 2012)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Matter concentrated

    Mazure, Alain (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • The realm of the nebulae

    Mazure, Alain (et al.)

    Pages 17-39

  • Getting warmer…

    Mazure, Alain (et al.)

    Pages 41-55

  • Cosmic Cluedo: where, when and how?

    Mazure, Alain (et al.)

    Pages 57-69

  • 300,000 years on: all present and correct

    Mazure, Alain (et al.)

    Pages 71-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Matter, Dark Matter, and Anti-Matter
Book Subtitle
In Search of the Hidden Universe
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8822-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8822-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8821-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 172
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations, 61 illustrations in colour
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