Students are introduced to the new field of "AstroParticle Physics". They are informed for the big world effort, theoretical and experimental, to understand what we see through the new "window" for observing the cosmos. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have encounter topics related to cosmic particles bombarding the earth from space with high and extremely high energies. They will have acquired knowledge about the general subject of Astro-Particle Physics which is rapidly developing around the world through international collaborations and will have been informed about the latest developments and research activity in related topics. Some of the issues they will be dealing with are the effect of the Earth's magnetic field and solar activity on cosmic radiation (space weather), extensive atmospheric particle showers and devices for detecting them, the origin and acceleration of cosmic rays in the Galaxy and finally, very introductory with dark matter and dark energy that determine the evolution of the universe.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Discovery of cosmic rays (CR). Effect of the geomagnetic field and of solar wind on CR. Passing radiation through matter. Cherenkov radiation. Primary and secondary CR. Extensive Atmospheric Showers. CR propagation in the Galaxy. Cosmic clocks. Origin and acceleration of CR. Ultra high energy CR and GZK-cutoff. Gamma Ray Bursts. Dark Matter and methods for its detection. Dark energy.
cosmic rays, cosmic radiation, Extensive Atmospheric Showers, Cherenkov radiation, propagation, acceleration, cosmic clock, Ultra high energy, GZK-cutoff, Dark Matter
Additional bibliography for study
“Astroparticle Physics”, Claus Grupen, Springer, 2005
“A thin cosmic rain”, Michael W. Friedlander, Harvard University Press, 2000
“Particle Astrophysics”, Donald H. Perkins, Oxford University Press, 2003