## Is cosmology consistent?

**Fig 6***:
95% constraints on the amount of ordinary (vertical) and
dark (horizontal) matter. Bye-bye baryon crisis.
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Here's a combination of all data as of May 2001 taking into account
calibration and beam errors (click on it for ps):

Here are text files with the corresponding
data,
window functions and
correlation matrix.
The window function file above contains 24 columns, giving the
window functions W_l for each of the 24 band power measurements with
the convention
*(dT)^2 = sum W_l (dT_l)^2 = sum l(l+1) W_l C_l/2 pi*.
Note that this differs from the traditional definition by a factor of l
- it's more approptiate to think of the band power as an average
on a linear plot rather than on a log-plot now that we're all plotting
small-scale CMB data with a linear l-axis.
Also, note that some of these window functions go slightly
negative, and that that's OK.
The correlation matrix R in the file is related to the
covariance matrix C by
*C_ij = R_ij sigma_i sigma_j*.
You'll find more data details and links here.
Please click here to download
our paper.
Click here for a set of movies
that illustrate the approach of this paper, showing
how the CMB and galaxy power spectra are affected by
the different cosmological parameters.
You're welcome to copy them and do whatever you want with them as long as it doesn't
benefit Bill Gates - I put them on the web
because some people asked if they could use them for teaching/talks.

Click if
you are interested in other research of mine.

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Authors:

Xiaomin Wang,
Max Tegmark,
Matias Zaldarriaga
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Abstract:

We perform a detailed analysis of the latest CMB measurements (including BOOMERaNG, DASI,
Maxima and CBI), both alone and jointly with other cosmological data sets involving, e.g., galaxy
clustering and the Lyman Alpha Forest. We first address the question of whether the CMB data are
internally consistent once calibration and beam uncertainties are taken into account, performing a
series of statistical tests. With a few minor caveats, our answer is yes, and we compress all data into
a single set of 24 bandpowers with associated covariance matrix and window functions. We then
compute joint constraints on the 11 parameters of the ``standard'' adiabatic inflationary
cosmological model. Out best fit model passes a series of physical consistency checks and agrees
with essentially all currently available cosmological data. In addition to sharp constraints on the
cosmic matter budget in good agreement with those of the BOOMERaNG, DASI and Maxima
teams, we obtain a most massive neutrino mass range 0.04-4.2 eV and the sharpest constraints to date on
gravity waves which (together with preference for a slight red-tilt) favors``small-field'' inflation
models.
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Reference info:

astro-ph/0005091, *Phys. Rev. D*, in press

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