How Anisotropic is our Universe?
Large-scale cosmic microwave background anisotropies in homogeneous, globally anisotropic cosmologies are investigated. We perform a statistical analysis in which the four-year data from the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite is searched for the specific anisotropy patterns predicted by these models and thereby set definitive upper limits on the amount of shear, $(\sigma/H)_0$ and vorticity, $(\omega/H)_0$, which are orders of magnitude stronger than previous constraints. We comment on how ...Expand abstract
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