Special Issue "Cosmic Rays around Supernova Remnants"

A special issue of Galaxies (ISSN 2075-4434).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Andrew W. Strong

Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
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Interests: high-energy astrophysics; cosmic rays; gamma rays

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Supernova remnants (SNR) are probably a main source of high-energy particles in the galaxy, although this remains to be proved. Observations of related electromagnetic radiation (gamma rays, X-ray, synchrotron) provide clues to the details of the mechanisms involved in the acceleration and propagation of these cosmic rays (CR). Interaction with nearby gas clouds, amplification of the magnetic field, and secondary particle production in the remnants are of special importance. While many SNR have been observed from radio to gamma rays, the emission process may be hadronic or leptonic, or a combination of these, with an observational distinction often difficult to assess. Synchrotron X-rays probe very high-energy electrons and acceleration on short time scales. SNR affect CR observed at the earth, for example secondary positrons and antiprotons, as well as secondary nuclei. Evidence for a nearby recent supernova via radioactive 60Fe is also changing our view of the subject. This Special Issue aims to cover current research on cosmic rays in and around SNR, both theoretical and observational. Other related sources like pulsar wind nebulae, pulsars and superbubbles, may also be addressed.

Dr. Andrew W. Strong
Guest Editor


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  • cosmic rays
  • supernova remnants
  • interstellar medium

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