Cosmic Radiation in Contemporary Astrophysics

  • Maurice M. Shapiro

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 162)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Composition

  3. Acceleration

    1. Reinhard Schlickeiser
      Pages 27-55
    2. Wolfgang Kundt
      Pages 67-78
    3. Wilfred H. Sorrell
      Pages 79-85
  4. Origin and Propagation

  5. Anisotropies

    1. J. Wdowczyk
      Pages 149-159
  6. Gamma Rays, Cosmic Rays, and the Interstellar Medium

  7. Cosmic X-Rays; Quasars

    1. J. Trümper
      Pages 217-225
    2. Walter H. G. Lewin
      Pages 227-240
    3. J. Trümper
      Pages 241-247
    4. Maarten Schmidt, Richard F. Green
      Pages 249-259
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-274

About this book


This volume is the product of Lecturers in the fourth Course of the International School of Cosmic-Ray Astrophysics held at the Ettore Majorana Center in Erice, Sicily in November, 1984. The Course, devoted to "Cosmic Radiation in Contemporary Astrophysics," was concurrently a NATO-sponsored Advanced Study Institute (ASI). Cosmic-ray research is in a state of ferment. Precise measure­ ments - some made with instruments aboard sattelites and space probe- have been confronting models and theories with severe constraints. The observations of gamma-ray sources, notably Cyg X-3, at energies up to 16 10 eV, have opened up tantalizing possibilities of direct source iden­ tification. This ASI was devoted largely to interdisciplinary phenomena in cosmic-ray astrophysics whose understanding requires input from the other channels in astronomy. It explored the ways in which progress in cosmic-ray science might clarify phenomena observed in related disciplines. In trying to achieve this aim, we assembled a staff of lecturers representing various astrophysical specialties, such as radio­ astronomy, optical astronomy, X-ray astronomy, gamma-ray astronomy, and of course, particle astronomy (i.e., cosmic radiation). Students and other participants were likewise drawn from diverse backgrounds. Vigorous discussions enlivened almost every session.


Population Quasar astronomy astrophysics cosmic ray instruments neutron star quasars stellar

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurice M. Shapiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institut für AstrophysikGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8922-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5488-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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