Radiative processes in High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology

Radiative processes in High Energy Astrophysics and Cosmology

Contents:

 1)      Compton scattering and High Energy Astrophysics:

- Kinematics

- Thermal Comptonization and Kompaneets equation

- Dynamical Comptonization

- Hard tails in X-ray binaries

 2)      The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB):

- CMB thermalization and spectral distorsions

- CMB temperature anisotropies

 - CMB polarization

 

3)      The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect:

- Kinematic and thermal SZ

- SZ effect in cosmology: CMB signatures

 - SZ and detection of galaxy clusters

 4)      Software and applications:

- Einstein-Boltzmann codes for CMB anisotropies: using the CAMB software

 References:

 - G.C. Pomraning, "The equations of radiation hydrodynamics", Pergamon Press, 1973

- G.B. Ribicky and A.P. Lightman,  "Radiative processes in Astrophysics"

- S. Dodelson, "Modern Cosmology", Academic Press, 2003

- M. Birkinshaw, "The Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect", Physics Reports, Volume 310, Issues 2-3, March 1999, Pages 97-195