Quantum Gravity and String Theory


Does the Rañada-Milgrom Effect Explain the Ecliptic Alignment of CMB Anisotropy?

Authors: David Brown

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation yields a precise probe of the universe’s largest structures. The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) data revealed anomalies at the largest angular scales (> 60º). Statistical analysis showed that there exist statistically significant correlations between features of the microwave sky and both the motion of the solar system and the orientation of the plane of the ecliptic. From a qualitative viewpoint, these anomalous statistical correlations are what one would expect if Sun-caused gravitational lensing were slightly different from the predictions of general relativity theory. Thus, there is a qualitative indication that the Rañada-Milgrom effect is empirically valid.

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[v1] 2012-03-10 08:47:55

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