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Re: Question about inflation theory

Subject: Re: Question about inflation theory
From: Greg Hennessy
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 21:01:23 GMT
Newsgroups: sci.astro
On 2006-03-25, Thomas Smid <thomas.smid@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I had also a closer look now at the new polarization data as given in
> http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/m_mm/pub_papers/polarization/wmap_3yr_pol.pdf
> ,and this confirms in my opinion that one is merely looking at the
> effect of statistical errors here: with the relative apparent intensity
> (temperature) fluctuations of the CMB being of the order of 10^-4, one
> would expect the polarization due to a statistical error be a further
> factor sqrt(10^-4)=10^-2 smaller,

I would not expect that. The CMB polarization is not due to
statistical error, but the percentage polarization of the CMBR is
about 7 percent.


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