Overview.- Overview.- The Standard Model of Cosmic Rays.- Cosmic ray interactions.- The birth of cosmic rays.- Cosmic rays in the Galaxy.- Cosmic rays at the top of the atmosphere.- Cosmic rays in the atmosphere.- Cosmic rays underground.- Contemporary Challenges.- Cosmic ray showers.- The end of the cosmic ray spectrum.- High energy neutrino and gamma-ray astronomy.
From the reviews of the first edition: "! carefully crafted and well-written." (Stefan Westerhoff, Columbia University, Physics Today, September 2004) "This publication ! is aimed at serious students of the subject. ! Arranged in two parts, Stanev first describes the standard model of cosmic rays and the interactions that are important ! . The second part describes the challenges of current cosmic ray research ! . It is a 'must read' for those with a passion to find out more about the high energy universe." (Roger Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society AAS, August, 2005) "Todor Stanev ! has distilled the essence of cosmic ray physics. It is a magnificent achievement and will be invaluable for workers in the field. It should also be available for consultation by researchers in related disciplines ! there will also be a need to make use of excellent list of referenced material." (Roger Clay, The Physicist, Vol. 41 (5), September/October, 2004)