The Astrophysics of Galactic Cosmic Rays

  • R. Diehl
  • R. Kallenbach
  • E. Parizot
  • R. Von Steiger
Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 13)


Observations of cosmic rays and their related radio to gamma-ray signatures are surveyed and discussed critically, and compared to theoretical models of the cosmic-ray origin and propagation. The analogous heliospheric processes are included as a well-studied case of the principal physical processes of energetic particle acceleration and propagation. Reinforcements, or conflicts, in the interpretations of cosmic-ray spectral and compositional characteristics arise when cosmic-ray source and propagation models are confronted with astronomical information about the Galaxy as a whole and from potential source sites, i.e., supernova remnants or regions with high massive-star density. This volume represents the outcome of two workshops held at ISSI. In this chapter we summarize the introductory papers presented below, and include insights from the workshop discussions.


Energetic Particle Radio Galaxy Supernova Remnant Shock Acceleration Diffusive Shock Acceleration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Diehl
    • 1
  • R. Kallenbach
    • 2
  • E. Parizot
    • 3
  • R. Von Steiger
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’OrsayIN2P3-CNRS/Université Paris-SudOrsayFrance

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