Any of the class of the heaviest → subatomic particles that includes → protons, → neutrons, as well as a number of short-lived particles whose decay products include protons. Baryons obey the → Fermi-Dirac statistics. They form a subclass of the → hadrons and are further subdivided into → nucleons and → hyperons.
Gk. barys "heavy" + → -on, from "fermion."
baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO)
naveš-e sedâyik-e bâryoni
Fr.: oscillation acoustique baryonique
In cosmology, one of a series of peaks and troughs that are present in the power spectrum of matter fluctuations after the → recombination era, and on large scales. At the time of the Big Bang, and for about 380,000 years afterwards, Universe was ionized and photons and baryons were tightly coupled. Acoustic oscillations arose from perturbations in the primordial plasma due to the competition between gravitational attraction and gas+photons pressure. After the epoch of recombination, these oscillations froze and imprinted their signatures in both the → CMB and matter distribution. In the case of the photons, the acoustic mode history is manifested as the high-contrast Doppler peaks in the temperature anisotropies. As for baryons, they were in a similar state, and when mixed with the non-oscillating → cold dark matter perturbations, they left a small residual imprint in the clustering of matter on very large scales, ~100 h-1Mpc (h being the → Hubble constant in units of 100 km s-1 Mpc-1). The phenomenon of BAOs, recently discovered using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, is a confirmation of the current model of cosmology. Like → Type Ia supernovae, BAOs provide a → standard candle for determining cosmic distances. The measurement of BAOs is therefore a powerful new technique for probing how → dark energy has affected the expansion of the Universe (see, e.g., Eisenstein 2005, New Astronomy Reviews 49, 360; Percival et al. 2010, MNRAS 401, 2148).
Fr.: asymmétrie baryonique
The observation that in the present → Universe there is → matter but not much → antimatter. Observations do not show the presence of galaxies made of antimatter, nor gamma rays are observed that would be produced if large entities of antimatter would undergo → annihilation with matter. However, the → early Universe could have been baryon symmetric, and for some reason the matter excess has been generated, through some process called → baryogenesis. → Sakharov conditions.
adad-e bâriyoni (#)
Fr.: nombre baryonique
1) The difference between the total number of → baryons and
the total number of → antibaryons in a system of
→ subatomic particles.
It is a measure of → baryon asymmetry and is
defined by the quantity
η = (nb - nb-)/nγ,
called the → baryon-photon ratio,
where nb is the → comoving number
density of baryons, nb- is the number of
antibaryons, and nγ is that of photons. The value of η for
the → cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR)
has been very well determined by the → WMAP satellite to be
η = (6.14 ± 0.25) x 10-10. The baryon number is assumed to be
constant. The photons created in
stars amount to only a small fraction, less than 1%, of those in the CMBR.
Fr.: rapport baryon-photon
The → baryon number compared with the number of photons in the → Universe. The baryon-photon ratio can be estimated in a simple way. The → energy density associated with → blackbody radiation of → temperature T is aT4, and the mean energy per photon is ~kT. Therefore, the number density of blackbody photons for T = 2.7 K is: nγ = aT4/kT = 3.7 x 102 photons cm-3, where a = 7.6 x 10-15 erg cm-3 K-4 (→ radiation density constant) and k = 1.38 x 10-16 erg K-1 (→ Boltzmann's constant). The number density of baryons can be expressed by ρm/mp, where ρm is the mass density of the Universe and mp is the mass of the → proton (1.66 x 10-24 g). → CMB measurements show that the baryonic mean density is ρm = 4.2 x 10-31 g cm-3 (roughly 5% of the → critical density). This leads to the value of ~ 2 x 10-7 for the number density of baryons. Thus, the baryon/photon ratio is approximately equal to η = nb/nγ = 2 x 10-7/3.7 x 102 ~ 5 x 10-10. In other words, for each baryon in the Universe there is 1010 photons. This estimate is in agreement with the precise value of the baryon-photon ratio 6.14 x 10-10 derived with the → WMAP. Since the photon number and the baryon number are conserved, the baryon-photon ratio stays constant as the Universe expands.
baryonic dark matter
mâde-ye siyâh-e bâriyoni
Fr.: matière noire baryonique
→ Dark matter made up of → baryons that are not luminous enough to produce any detectable radiation. It is generally believed that most dark matter is → non-baryonic. The baryonic dark matter could reside in a number of forms, including cold gas and compact objects.
mâde-ye bâriyoni (#)
Fr.: matière baryonique
non-baryonic dark matter
mâde-ye siyâh-e nâbâriyoni
Fr.: matière noire non-baryonique
mâdde-ye nâbâriyoni (#)
Fr.: matière non-baryonique
Matter that, unlike the ordinary matter, is not made of baryons (including the neutrons and protons). It is proposed as a possible constituent of dark matter.
Fr.: plasma photon-baryon