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9.1.3 Invoking CosmicCalculator

CosmicCalculator will calculate cosmological variables based on the input parameters. The executable name is astcosmiccal with the following general template

$ astcosmiccal [OPTION...] ...

One line examples:

## Print basic cosmological properties at redshift 2.5:
$ astcosmiccal -z2.5

## Only print Comoving volume over 4pi stradian to z (Mpc^3):
$ astcosmiccal --redshift=0.8 --volume

## Print luminosity distance, angular diameter distance and age
## of universe in one row at redshift 0.4
$ astcosmiccal -z0.4 -LAg

## Assume Lambda and matter density of 0.7 and 0.3 and print
## basic cosmological parameters for redshift 2.1:
$ astcosmiccal -l0.7 -m0.3 -z2.1

The input parameters (for example current matter density and etc) can be given as command-line options or in the configuration files, see Configuration files. For a definition of the different parameters, please see the sections prior to this. If no redshift is given, CosmicCalculator will just print its input parameters and abort. For a full list of the input options, please see CosmicCalculator input options.

When only a redshift is given, CosmicCalculator will print all calculations (one per line) with some explanations before each. This can be good when you want a general feeling of the conditions at a specific redshift. Alternatively, if any specific calculations are requested, only the requested values will be calculated and printed with one character space between them. In this case, no description will be printed. See CosmicCalculator specific calculations for the full list of these options along with some explanations how when/how they can be useful.

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