Cosmic Rays at Earth

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780444507105
eBook ISBN: 9780080530055
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 27th July 2001
Page Count: 1112
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In 1912 Victor Franz Hess made the revolutionary discovery that ionizing radiation is incident upon the Earth from outer space. He showed with ground-based and balloon-borne detectors that the intensity of the radiation did not change significantly between day and night. Consequently, the sun could not be regarded as the sources of this radiation and the question of its origin remained unanswered. Today, almost one hundred years later the question of the origin of the cosmic radiation still remains a mystery. Hess' discovery has given an enormous impetus to large areas of science, in particular to physics, and has played a major role in the formation of our current understanding of universal evolution. For example, the development of new fields of research such as elementary particle physics, modern astrophysics and cosmology are direct consequences of this discovery. Over the years the field of cosmic ray research has evolved in various directions: Firstly, the field of particle physics that was initiated by the discovery of many so-called elementary particles in the cosmic radiation. There is a strong trend from the accelerator physics community to reenter the field of cosmic ray physics, now under the name of astroparticle physics. Secondly, an important branch of cosmic ray physics that has rapidly evolved in conjunction with space exploration concerns the low energy portion of the cosmic ray spectrum. Thirdly, the branch of research that is concerned with the origin, acceleration and propagation of the cosmic radiation represents a great challenge for astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology. Presently very popular fields of research have rapidly evolved, such as high-energy gamma ray and neutrino astronomy. In addition, high-energy neutrino astronomy may soon initiate as a likely spin-off neutrino tomography of the Earth and thus open a unique new branch of geophysical research of the interior of the Earth. Finally, of considerable interest

Table of Contents

Preface. Comments for reader. Acknowledgements.

  1. Cosmic ray properties, relations and definitions.
  2. Cosmic rays in the atmosphere.
  3. Cosmic rays at sea level.
  4. Cosmic rays underground, underwater and under ice.
  5. Primary cosmic radiation.
  6. Heliospheric phenomena.
  7. Miscellaneous topics.


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@from:Lawrence Jones @qu:"...This book is certain to become a standard reference for scholars in the cosmic-ray community, as well as for students and for other physicists and astrophysicists whose activities interface with cosmic-ray issue....". "...its value as a reference will surely continue well into the 21st century..." @source:Cern Courier @from:M.A. Shea and CSPAR @qu:"...This book clearly has been produced as a true reference manual, and the author and publisher alike should be praised for the high quality of the figures and tables contained therein...". "...This is a treasure of diverse information covering cosmic radiation in the Earth's atmosphere, at sea level and underground. While containing primarily experimental data, theoretical considerations are also introduced..." @source:Advances in Space Research