Cosmic Gamma-Ray Sources

  • K. S. Cheng
  • Gustavo E. Romero

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 304)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. K. S. Cheng, Gustavo E. Romero
    Pages 1-20
  3. Gustavo E. Romero, K. S. Cheng
    Pages 21-46
  4. Isabelle A. Grenier
    Pages 47-67
  5. Diego F. Torres
    Pages 69-103
  6. Gustavo E. Romero
    Pages 127-147
  7. David J. Thompson
    Pages 149-168
  8. Rob Fender, Tom Maccarone
    Pages 205-223
  9. T. Lu, Y. F. Huang, Z. G. Dai, D. M. Wei
    Pages 225-260
  10. Igor V. Moskalenko, Andrew W. Strong, Olaf Reimer
    Pages 279-310
  11. Reshmi Mukherjee, Jules Halpern
    Pages 311-344
  12. Trevor C. Weekes
    Pages 345-359
  13. Julie E. McEnery, Igor V. Moskalenko, Jonathan F. Ormes
    Pages 361-395
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 397-408

About this book

Introduction

Gamma-ray astronomy has undergone an enormous progress in the last 15 years. The success of satellite experiments like NASA's Comp­ ton Gamma-Ray Observatory and ESA's INTEGRAL mission, as well as of ground-based instruments have open new views into the high-energy Universe. Different classes of cosmic gamma-ray sources have been now detected at different energies, in addition to young radio pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, the classical ones. The new sources include radio­ quiet pulsars, microquasars, supernova remnants, starburst galaxies, ra­ dio galaxies, flat-spectrum radio quasars, and BL Lacertae objects. A large number of unidentified sources strongly suggests that this brief enumeration is far from complete. Gamma-ray bursts are now estab­ lished as extragalactic sources with tremendous energy output. There is accumulating evidence supporting the idea that massive stars and star forming regions can accelerate charged particles up to relativistic ener­ gies making them gamma-ray sources. Gamma-ray astronomy has also proved to be a powerful tool for cosmology imposing constraints to the background photon fields that can absorb the gamma-ray flux from dis­ tant sources. All this has profound implications for our current ideas about how particles are accelerated and transported in both the local and distant U niverse. The evolution of our knowledge on the gamma-ray sky has been so fast that is not easy for the non-specialist scientist and the graduate student to be aware of the full potential of this field or to grasp the fundamentals of a given topic in order to attempt some original contribution.

Keywords

Galaxy Quasar astronomy astrophysics hadron stars

Editors and affiliations

  • K. S. Cheng
    • 1
  • Gustavo E. Romero
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HongkongChina
  2. 2.Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía — CONICETVilla ElisaArgentina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-2256-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6625-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2256-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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