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Teaching

WS 2023:
Seminar (MVRS) on Cosmic Particle Accelerators,
University of Heidelberg, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy,
2 hours per week, Friday 14:15-15:45, R068
(2 credit points; presentation language is negotiable)

PLEASE NOTE:
- for logistic reasons, the seminar time and place (as originally announced in LSF) has been changed from Thursday to Friday.
- the seminar will take place in hybrid form, with some meetings taking place via Zoom
- For further seminar details and if you want to attend, please contact me by email.

1. Course Context:
The technical and instrumental advances in the last few decades have led to the emergence of a new discipline in modern astronomy dealing with the properties of matter and radiation under extreme physical conditions. In a wide sense, this discipline called High Energy Astrophysics might be defined as focusing on the "astrophysics of high energy processes and their application in astrophysical and cosmological contexts." (M.S. Longair)
At highest photon energies (the so-called VHE or TeV gamma-ray domain), Heidelberg plays a prominent role in this field with the Max-Planck Institut for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) as the lead institute of the H.E.S.S. observatory and in preparation of the upcoming CTA Observatory.

2. Course Description:
The non-thermal radiation that we observe from astrophysical sources points to the presence of very energetic particles (electrons or protons) within these sources. This seminar aims to give insights into source characteristics and processes, facilitating efficient particle acceleration. A specific focus will be given to physical concepts and astrophyscial contexts, including a discussion of selective highlight results.

3. Seminar Rules: You can find the seminar rules here.

4. Topics include:

5. Basic literature: