Vom 01. Dezember 2016 bis 28. Februar 2017 wird wieder Prof. Dr. Yuri Litvinenko als VIP zu Gast bei PD Dr. Horst Fichtner sein.

Subject: Theoretical models of cosmic-ray acceleration and transport

Abstract: The generation and transport of energetic cosmic-ray particles (electrons, protons, ions) is among the most important problems in modern astrophysics. When the particles propagate in the cosmos, they often interact with turbulent magnetic fields. The resulting complicated evolution of the cosmic-ray distribution can be mathematically described as a simpler diffusive process. The diffusion approximation and its generalisations have been employed for studying the generation and propagation of energetic particles in many astrophysical situations: in the atmosphere of the Sun, interplanetary space, and the interstellar medium.

The VIP grant will support a systematic investigation of unresolved issues of particle transport in astrophysics, with a focus on analytical and numerical modelling of diffusive particle transport. The areas of particular interest are as follows. (1) Rigorous derivation of the diffusion and telegraph approximations for cosmic-ray transport modelling, which quantifies their accuracy. (2) Development of new analytical and numerical methods for solving the equations governing the transport of solar and galactic cosmic rays. (3) Critical examination of possible mechanisms of fractional particle diffusion in the cosmos.

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further details VIP: Yuri Litvinenko / Horst Fichtner