© 2001

The Universe in Gamma Rays

  • Volker Schönfelder


  • So far no comprehensive text on this new field of astronomy available


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


From the reviews of the first edition:

"The editor, Dr. Schoenfelder, has done an excellent job in compiling the finest articles encompassing every aspect of gamma-ray astronomy. [...] The articles offer easy reading and readers with basic astronomy background would find no problem at all in understanding these articles. The book is best suited for graduate students, and also an excellent handbook for references for any serious researchers." (Indian Journal of Physics, 77B/4, 2003)

"The book consists of articles written by gamma-ray astronomers at the Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching. The result is a nice compilation of topics in the forefront of the field and a uniformity of style. … As an introductory text for new workers in the field - and there will be quite a few, in view of forthcoming space missions - the book will be useful … ." (Arnold Wolfendale, The observatory, Vol. 122 (1168), 2002)