Students should become familiar with the basics of High Energy Astrophysics, not only with respect to the sources and astrophysical processes that produce X rays, gamma rays and cosmic rays in our universe, but also with the instruments that detect these photons / particles. The course is divided into three blocks. The first part is a theoretical description of the main processes of interaction of matter and radiation in the X- and gamma-ray energy domain. The second one describes the detectors that are currently operating, those under construction and those being designed. The third and final block presents the phenomenology of several cosmic sources of X rays, gamma rays, cosmic rays that have been observed so far.
Theory 1.1. Physical processes. Introduction about cosmic rays, X and gamma rays
Detectors 2.1. X- and gamma-ray detectors. Main instrumentation in space and ground based, e.g. INTEGRAL, Fermi, Cherenkov telescopes 2.2. Cosmic ray detectors
The high-energy sky 3.1. Accretion powered sources: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes in binaries 3.2. Nova and supernova explosions 3.3. Supernova remnants, pulsars and pulsar wind nebulae 3.4. Gamma-ray emission related to nucleosynthesis. Diffuse and line emission 3.5. Gamma-ray emission related to matter anti - matter annihilation 3.6. Gamma-Ray Bursts 3.7. Other sources of high-energy radiation
It is mandatory to have followed the course of Introduction to the Physics of the Cosmos. It is also recommended - but not mandatory - to have followed the Observational Techniques course.