Abstract: The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is one of the pillars of modern cosmology. Its existence firmly establishes that our universe was once filled with a hot and dense plasma, and the statistical properties of the CMB anisotropies teach us a great deal about the history and composition of our universe.
These lectures provide an introduction to the physics underlying the spectrum of the CMB as wll as its anisotropies. In addition to an introduction to the underlying theory, they will provide a short introduction to the analysis of the data from current CMB experiments and give an outlook what we may hope to learn from future precision measurements of CMB polarization.
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