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History[ edit ] The field of astroparticle physics is evolved out of optical astronomy. With the growth of detector technology came the more mature astrophysics, which involved multiple physics subtopics, such as mechanics , electrodynamics , thermodynamics , plasma physics , nuclear physics , relativity, and particle physics. Particle physicists found astrophysics necessary due to difficulty in producing particles with comparable energy to those found in space. The field can be said to have begun in , when a German physicist named Theodor Wulf measured the ionization in the air, an indicator of gamma radiation, at the bottom and top of the Eiffel Tower. He found that there was far more ionization at the top than what was expected if only terrestrial sources were attributed for this radiation. In order to defend this hypothesis, Hess designed instruments capable of operating at high altitudes and performed observations on ionization up to an altitude of 5.

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History[ edit ] The field of astroparticle physics is evolved out of optical astronomy. With the growth of detector technology came the more mature astrophysics, which involved multiple physics subtopics, such as mechanics , electrodynamics , thermodynamics , plasma physics , nuclear physics , relativity, and particle physics. Particle physicists found astrophysics necessary due to difficulty in producing particles with comparable energy to those found in space. The field can be said to have begun in , when a German physicist named Theodor Wulf measured the ionization in the air, an indicator of gamma radiation, at the bottom and top of the Eiffel Tower.

He found that there was far more ionization at the top than what was expected if only terrestrial sources were attributed for this radiation. In order to defend this hypothesis, Hess designed instruments capable of operating at high altitudes and performed observations on ionization up to an altitude of 5. From to , Hess made ten flights to meticulously measure ionization levels. His measurements however, revealed that although the ionization levels initially decreased with altitude, they began to sharply rise at some point.

At the peaks of his flights, he found that the ionization levels were much greater than at the surface. Hess was then able to conclude that "a radiation of very high penetrating power enters our atmosphere from above. Since he did not observe a dip in ionization levels, Hess reasoned that the source had to be further away in space.

For this discovery, Hess was one of the people awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in The journal Astroparticle Physics accepts papers that are focused on new developments in the following areas: [5] High-energy cosmic-ray physics and astrophysics ; Particle cosmology; Related astrophysics: Supernova , Active Galactic Nuclei , Cosmic Abundances, Dark Matter etc.

Open questions[ edit ] One main task for the future of the field is simply to thoroughly define itself beyond working definitions and clearly differentiate itself from astrophysics and other related topics. Observations of the orbital velocities of stars in the Milky Way and other galaxies starting with Walter Baade and Fritz Zwicky in the s, along with observed velocities of galaxies in galactic clusters, found motion far exceeding the energy density of the visible matter needed to account for their dynamics.

Since the early nineties some candidates have been found to partially explain some of the missing dark matter, but they are nowhere near sufficient to offer a full explanation. The finding of an accelerating universe suggests that a large part of the missing dark matter is stored as dark energy in a dynamical vacuum. Baryogenesis is the term for the hypothetical processes that produced the unequal numbers of baryons and antibaryons in the early universe, which is why the universe is made of matter today, and not antimatter.

In underground laboratories or with specially designed telescopes, antennas and satellite experiments, astroparticle physicists employ new detection methods to observe a wide range of cosmic particles including neutrinos, gamma rays and cosmic rays at the highest energies. They are also searching for dark matter and gravitational waves. Experimental particle physicists are limited by the technology of their terrestrial accelerators, which are only able to produce a small fraction of the energies found in nature.

Facilities, experiments and laboratories involved in astroparticle physics include: IceCube Antarctica. The longest particle detector in the world, was completed in December The purpose of the detector is to investigate high energy neutrinos, search for dark matter, observe supernovae explosions, and search for exotic particles such as magnetic monopoles.

Toulon , France. A Neutrino detector 2. Designed to locate and observe neutrino flux in the direction of the southern hemisphere.

Detects and investigates high energy cosmic rays using two techniques. One is to study the particles interactions with water placed in surface detector tanks. Searches for axions originating from the Sun. The target of the international collaboration is the deployment of a neutrino telescope on the sea floor off of Pylos, Greece.

Kamioka Observatory is a neutrino and gravitational waves laboratory located underground in the Mozumi Mine near the Kamioka section of the city of Hida in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso is a laboratory that hosts experiments that require a low noise background environment.

Its experimental halls are covered by m of rock, which protects experiments from cosmic rays.

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