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Interdisciplinary Aspects of High-Energy Astrophysics

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Part of the Integrated Science & Technology Program book series (ISTP, volume 1)

Abstract

Modern astrophysics, especially at GeV energy scales and above is a typical example where several disciplines meet: the location and distribution of the sources is the domain of astronomy. At distances corresponding to significant redshift cosmological aspects such as the expansion history come into play. Finally, the emission mechanisms and subsequent propagation of produced high energy particles is at least partly the domain of particle physics, in particular if new phenomena beyond the Standard Model are probed that require baselines and/or energies unattained in the laboratory. In this contribution we focus on three examples: highest energy cosmic rays, tests of the Lorentz symmetry and the search for new light photon-like states in the spectra of active galaxies.

Keywords

Acceleration of particles Astroparticle physics Cosmic rays Relativistic processes Elementary particles 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through the collaborative research centre SFB 676 Particles, Strings and the Early Universe: The Structure of Matter and Space-Time and by the State of Hamburg, through the Collaborative Research program Connecting Particles with the Cosmos within the framework of the Landesexzellenzinitiative (LEXI).

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  1. 1.II. Institut für theoretische PhysikUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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