The Universe in Gamma Rays

  • Volker Schönfelder

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Volker Schönfelder
    Pages 1-8
  3. Giselher Lichti, Robert Georgii
    Pages 27-75
  4. Volker Schönfelder
    Pages 77-90
  5. Erich Rieger, Gerhard Rank
    Pages 91-126
  6. Gottfried Kanbach
    Pages 127-158
  7. Werner Collmar
    Pages 159-184
  8. Anatoli Iyudin, Gottfried Kanbach
    Pages 185-205
  9. Andrew W. Strong, Igor V. Moskalenko
    Pages 207-231
  10. Roland Diehl
    Pages 233-274
  11. Volker Schönfelder, Andrew W. Strong
    Pages 275-283
  12. Werner Collmar
    Pages 285-318
  13. Olaf Reimer
    Pages 319-338
  14. Georg Weidenspointner, Martin Varendorff
    Pages 339-366
  15. Martin Varendorff
    Pages 367-396
  16. Martin Varendorff
    Pages 409-409
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 397-407

About this book


Gamma-ray astronomy began in the mid-1960s with balloon satellite, and, at very high photon energies, also with ground-based instruments. However, the most significant progress was made in the last decade of the 20th century, when the tree satellite missions SIGMA, Compton, and Beppo-Sax gave a completely new picture of our Universe and made gamma-ray astronomy an integral part of astronomical research. This book, written by well-known experts, gives the first comprehensive presentation of this field of research, addressing both graduate students and researchers. Gamma-ray astronomy helps us to understand the most energetic processes and the most violent events in the Universe. After describing cosmic gamma-ray production and absorption, the instrumentation used in gamma-ray astronomy is explained. The main part of the book deals with astronomical results, including the somewhat surprising result that the gamma-ray sky is continuously changing.


Black Holes Cherenkov Light Gamma ray Gamma-Ray Astronomy Gamma-Ray Burst Sources Neutron Neutron Stars Pulsars X-Ray Astronomy astronomy instruments

Editors and affiliations

  • Volker Schönfelder
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08745-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04593-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-7834
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