Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy (Google eBook)

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CRC Press, Apr 8, 2003 - Science - 221 pages
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High energy gamma-ray photons are the prime probes of the relativistic or high-energy universe, populated by black holes, neutron stars, supernovae, quasars, and matter-antimatter annihilations. Through studying the gamma-ray sky, astrophysicists are able to better understand the formation and behavior of these exotic and energetic bodies.

Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy summarizes the status of gamma-ray astronomy at energies between 30MeV and 50TeV at a critical point in the development of the discipline: the hiatus between the demise of the EGRET telescope and the launch of the next generation of space telescopes. Starting with an overview of the astrophysics of the bodies that generate high energy gamma rays, it proceeds to discuss the latest developments in observational techniques and equipment.

By presenting the techniques, observations, and theories of this expanding frontier, Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Astronomy aids experimentalists and theoreticians in detecting and explaining gamma rays of the highest energies.
  

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Contents

Very high energy gammaray detectors
13
High energy gammaray telescopes in space
42
Galactic plane
55
Supernovae and supernova remnants
67
Gammaray observations of the Crab Nebula
77
Gammaray observations of supernova remnants
92
Gammaray pulsars and binaries
102
Unidentified sources
116
observations
134
models
156
Gammaray bursts
169
Diffuse background radiation
190
Radiation and absorption processes
200
Electron bremsstrahlung
206
Index
217
Copyright

Extragalactic sources
126

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