High Energy Astrophysics
- Formulate and tackle problems, both open and more defined, identifying the most relevant principles and using approaches where necessary to reach a solution, which should be presented with an explanation of the suppositions and approaches.
- Understand the bases of advanced topics selected at the frontier of high energy physics, astrophysics and cosmology and apply them consistently.
- Analyze the different sources of cosmic radiation.
- Distinguish and analyze the different classs of cosmic radiation detectors.
- Understand the physical processes responsible for the emission, propagation and absorption of cosmic radiation (charged particles, photons and neutrinos).
Theory 1.1. Physical processes. Introduction about cosmic rays, X and gamma rays
Detectors 2.1. X- and gamma-ray detectors. Main instrumentation in space and ground based, e.g. INTEGRAL, Fermi, Cherenkov telescopes 2.2. Cosmic ray detectors
The high-energy sky 3.1. Accretion powered sources: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes in binaries 3.2. Nova and supernova explosions 3.3. Supernova remnants, pulsars and pulsar wind nebulae 3.4. Gamma-ray emission related to nucleosynthesis. Diffuse and line emission 3.5. Gamma-ray emission related to matter anti - matter annihilation 3.6. Gamma-Ray Bursts 3.7. Other sources of high-energy radiation
It is mandatory to have followed the course of Introduction to the Physics of the Cosmos. It is also recommended - but not mandatory - to have followed the Observational Techniques course.
- Radiation Detection and Measurement, Glenn F. Knoll, Wiley, NJ, USA (2000)
- High Energy Astrophysics, Malcom S. Longair, Vol.1, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (1992)
- Exploring the X-ray Universe, Philip A. Charles, Frederick D. Seward, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK (1995)
- Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P., Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany (1985)
- Very high energy cosmic gamma radiation : a crucial window on the extreme Universe, F. A. Aharonian, River Edge, NJ: World Scientific Publishing (2004)