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Numerical modeling of relativistic particle shock acceleration

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Author(s): A. Meli

Journal: Astrophysics and Space Sciences Transactions (ASTRA)
ISSN 1810-6528

Volume: 7;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 287;
Date: 2011;
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ABSTRACT
The shock acceleration mechanism is invoked to explain non-thermal cosmic rays in Supernova Remnants, Active Galactic Nuclei and Gamma Ray Bursts jets. Especially, the importance of relativistic shock acceleration in extragalactic sources is a recurring theme raising a significant interest in the research community. We will briefly overview the shock acceleration mechanism and we will address the properties of non-relativistic and relativistic shocks, particularly focusing on relativistic simulation studies.
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