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Durham University

Department of Physics

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Publication details for Prof Sir Arnold Wolfendale

Erlykin, AD & Wolfendale, AW (2001). Cosmic ray ions, dust and the interstellar medium. Physica Scripta 63(6): 504-507.

Author(s) from Durham


The origin of cosmic rays is a continuing problem in Astrophysics. The
majority appear to be of Galactic origin and the manner of acceleration
seems to involve ions from the ISM being accelerated by shocks from
supernova remnants. Dust in the ISM may also play apart in the early
stages. The paper gives a brief account of the origin problem and the
likely acceleration mechanisms.