Generic Elective

Cosmic Radiation

CODE
ΠΣΕ203
SEMESTER
7
HOURS per WEEK
3
ECTS CREDITS
4  (Erasmus+ course)
INSTRUCTORS

Christos Eleftheriadis

Anastasios Liolios

·       The discovery of cosmic rays.

·       The influence of Earth’s magnetic field and of the Solar Wind on cosmic rays.

·       The energy spectrum and the composition of primary cosmic rays.

·       Interaction of energetic particles with matter. Cherenkov radiation.

·       Secondary cosmic rays.

·       Extensive Atmospheric Air Showers.

·       Cosmic ray propagation in the Galaxy. Cosmic clocks.

·       The origin and acceleration of cosmic rays.

·       Ultra high energies and the GZK cut off.

·       Gamma Ray Bursts.

·       Dark matter and the experimental methods for its discovery.

Additional suggested literature
  • Longair M., "High Energy Astrophysics", Vol. 1 & 2, Cambridge Univ.Press, 1997
  • Friedlander M., "A thin cosmic rain", Harvard University Press, 2000
  • Rossi B., "Cosmic Rays", McGraw-Hill, Inc, 1964· Particle Data Group, "Review of Particle Physics", The European Physical Journal C15,1, 2000
  • Perkins D., "Introduction to High Energy Physics"., 3rd ed., Adisson-Wesley Publ. Comp. Inc., 1987
  • Riordan M., Schramm D., "The shadows of creation", Oxford Univ.Press, 1991
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