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anomalous microwave emission

(component of microwave background discovered in the 1990s)

Anomalous microwave emission (AME) refers to a component of the microwave background coming from regions of Milky Way dust that was uncovered by COBE in 1995. Its frequency is on the order of 30 GHz but varies by region. It is relatively flat (a spectral index close to zero), a hint that it is some type of free-free radiation. It was labeled anomalous because no mechanism was known by which such dust would produce it. It has been a subject of study since, both for understanding dust and for understanding its precise effect on the microwave background: the exact observed pattern of the cosmic microwave background is of high interest in cosmology, which requires careful accounting of any other microwave sources. A number of theories for AME production have been developed, one being spinning dust grains.

(microwave,Milky Way,dust)
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10mm30GHz124μeVanomalous microwave emission

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spinning dust emission