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Probes of Multimessenger Astrophysics

Charged cosmic rays, neutrinos, γ-rays and gravitational waves


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 1-27
  3. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 29-64
  4. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 149-182
  5. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 269-312
  6. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 313-353
  7. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 355-399
  8. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 401-439
  9. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 441-488
  10. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 537-572
  11. Maurizio Spurio
    Pages 573-576
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 577-591

About this book


"I have taught from and enjoyed the first edition of the book. The selection of topics is the best I've seen. Maurizio Spurio gives very clear presentations using a generous amount of observational data. "

James Matthews (Louisiana State University)

This is the second edition of an introduction to “multi-messenger” astrophysics. It covers the many different aspects connecting particle physics with astrophysics and cosmology and introduces high-energy astrophysics using different probes: the electromagnetic radiation, with techniques developed by traditional astronomy; charged cosmic rays, gamma-rays and neutrinos, with methods developed in high-energy laboratories; and gravitational waves, recently observed using laser interferometers.


The book offers a comprehensive and systematic approach to the theoretical background and the experimental aspects of the study of the high-energy universe. The breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves motivated this new edition of the book, to offer a more global and multimessenger vision of high-energy astrophysics.  This second edition is updated and enriched with substantial new materials also deriving from the results obtained at the LIGO/Virgo observatories. For the first time it is now possible to draw the connection between gravitational waves, traditional astronomical observations and other probes (in particular, gamma-rays and neutrinos).


The book draws on the extensive courses of Professor Maurizio Spurio at the University of Bologna and it is aimed at graduate students and post-graduate researchers with a basic understanding of particle and nuclear physics. It will also be of interest to particle physicists working in accelerator/collider physics who are keen to understand the mechanisms of the largest accelerators in the Universe. 


Air shower Atmospheric muons and neutrinos Cosmic accelerators Cosmic rays Diffusive shock mechanism Gamma astrophysics Neutrino astronomy Neutrino astrophysics Particle astrophysics Particle showers Solar neutrinos LIGO/VIRGO observatories Gravitational waves GW170817

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy, and INFNUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

About the authors

Maurizio Spurio is a Professor of Physics at the University of Bologna where he teaches Particle and Astroparticle physics.
With his research he is involved in experimental physics, with particular interest in high-energy physics without particle accelerators and astroparticle physics.
He was member of the MACRO experiment at Gran Sasso underground laboratory, which provided a deep study of the penetrating component of the cosmic radiation including the observation of atmospheric neutrino oscillations. Since 2001 he is member of the ANTARES experiment (the first neutrino telescope in the sea), currently in charge as deputy spokesperson.
Professor Spurio has already co-authored/edited 4 Springer books.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Probes of Multimessenger Astrophysics
  • Book Subtitle Charged cosmic rays, neutrinos, γ-rays and gravitational waves
  • Authors Maurizio Spurio
  • Series Title Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title Astronomy, Astrophysics Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96853-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96854-4
  • Series ISSN 0941-7834
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-9698
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIX, 591
  • Number of Illustrations 26 b/w illustrations, 177 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astrophysics and Astroparticles
    Particle Acceleration and Detection, Beam Physics
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“Maurizio Spurio’s Probes of Multimessenger Astrophysics is, I have just discovered, a very useful book! It is aimed ‘(i) at those undertaking postgraduate courses, (ii) PhD students, (iii) post-doc researchers involved in high-energy physics or astrophysics research, and senior particle physicists eager to understand and appreciate the mechanisms of the largest accelerators in the Universe.’” (Virginia Trimble, The Observatory, Vol. 139 (1272), October, 2019)