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Cosmic Rays and Particle Physics

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: June 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316598917

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  • Fully updated for the second edition, this book introduces the growing and dynamic field of particle astrophysics. It provides an overview of high-energy nuclei, photons and neutrinos, including their origins, their propagation in the cosmos, their detection on Earth and their relation to each other. Coverage is expanded to include new content on high energy physics, the propagation of protons and nuclei in cosmic background radiation, neutrino astronomy, high-energy and ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, sources and acceleration mechanisms, and atmospheric muons and neutrinos. Readers are able to master the fundamentals of particle astrophysics within the context of the most recent developments in the field. This book will benefit graduate students and established researchers alike, equipping them with the knowledge and tools needed to design and interpret their own experiments and, ultimately, to address a number of questions concerning the nature and origins of cosmic particles that have arisen in recent research.

    • Updates a widely used book in light of new results in particle astrophysics and introduces the field to a new generation of postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students
    • Chapters on complex concepts such as the physics principles of particle interactions are generously illustrated to enable readers to gain a complete and thorough understanding
    • Includes self-contained explanations and derivations for each topic, enabling readers to make their own calculations
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    'With more than 25 years since the first edition, this second edition … has been revised and extended by about 150 pages to account for the progress and important discoveries made in the field since then. These comprise the famous neutrino oscillations, the cutoff in ultrahigh-energy cosmic ray spectra, Tera-electronvolt gamma rays from galactic sources and the unexpected excess of high-energy positrons and astrophysical neutrinos. … The text is well written and presents all material with mathematical rigour and a large number of references to scientific publications … The text is accompanied by numerous black-and-white figures, mainly of spectra. It has an appendix with additional material and a helpful index. … It can be recommended mainly for graduate students and researchers from both theory and experiment who want a thorough introduction to the phenomenology and to the theoretical background of cosmic ray physics at the junction of particle physics and astronomy.' Manuel Vogel, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316598917
    • contains: 160 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    1. Cosmic rays
    2. Cosmic ray data
    3. Particle physics
    4. Hadronic interactions and accelerator data
    5. Cascade equations
    6. Atmospheric muons and neutrinos
    7. Neutrino masses and oscillations
    8. Muons and neutrinos underground
    9. Cosmic rays in the Galaxy
    10. Extragalactic propagation of cosmic rays
    11. Astrophysical - rays and neutrinos
    12. Acceleration
    13. Supernovae in the Milky Way
    14. Astrophysical accelerators and beam dumps
    15. Electromagnetic cascades
    16. Extensive air showers
    17. Very high energy cosmic rays
    18. Neutrino astronomy
    A.1. Units, constants and definitions
    A.2. References to flux measurements
    A.3. Particle flux, density, and interaction cross section
    A.4. Fundamentals of scattering theory
    A.5. Regge amplitude
    A.6. Glauber model of nuclear cross sections
    A.7. Earth's atmosphere
    A.8. Longitudinal development of air showers
    A.9. Secondary positrons and electrons
    A.10. Liouville's theorem and cosmic ray propagation
    A.11. Cosmology and distances measures
    A.12. The Hillas splitting algorithm

  • Authors

    Thomas K. Gaisser, University of Delaware
    Thomas K. Gaisser is Martin A. Pomerantz Professor of Physics at the University of Delaware. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt prize. His research at the Bartol Research Institute in the Department of Physics and Astronomy includes cosmic ray physics, atmospheric neutrinos and neutrino astronomy.

    Ralph Engel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
    Ralph Engel is a researcher at the Institute of Nuclear Physics and at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, where he specialises in the development of hadronic interaction models and their application to astrophysical questions. He is the author or co-author of a number of simulation codes commonly applied in cosmic ray physics, including DPMJET, CONEX, SOFIA and Sibyll.

    Elisa Resconi, Technische Universität München
    Elisa Resconi is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the Technische Universität München, where she focuses on the development of photosensors, the physics of neutrino oscillations and the search for neutrino point sources. She is a recipient of the Emmy-Noether grant and the Heisenberg professorship.

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