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- DescriptionGamma-ray astromy has undergone an ermous progress in the last 15 years. The success of satellite experiments like NASA's Comp- ton Gamma-Ray Observatory and ESA's INTEGRAL mission, as well as of ground-based instruments have open new views into the high-energy Universe. Different classes of cosmic gamma-ray sources have been w detected at different energies, in addition to young radio pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, the classical ones. The new sources include radio- quiet pulsars, microquasars, superva remnants, starburst galaxies, ra- dio galaxies, flat-spectrum radio quasars, and BL Lacertae objects. A large number of unidentified sources strongly suggests that this brief enumeration is far from complete. Gamma-ray bursts are w estab- lished as extragalactic sources with tremendous energy output. There is accumulating evidence supporting the idea that massive stars and star forming regions can accelerate charged particles up to relativistic ener- gies making them gamma-ray sources. Gamma-ray astromy has also proved to be a powerful tool for cosmology imposing constraints to the background photon fields that can absorb the gamma-ray flux from dis- tant sources. All this has profound implications for our current ideas about how particles are accelerated and transported in both the local and distant U niverse. The evolution of our kwledge on the gamma-ray sky has been so fast that is t easy for the n-specialist scientist and the graduate student to be aware of the full potential of this field or to grasp the fundamentals of a given topic in order to attempt some original contribution.
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication25/10/2004
- SubjectAstronomy, Space & Time
- Series TitleAstrophysics and Space Science Library
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 304
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Notebiography
- Weight872 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Edited byGustavo E. Romero,K. S. Cheng,Ka-Lok Cheng
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