Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss cosmic rays. In 1912 the physicist Victor Hess discovered that the Earth is under constant bombardment from radiation coming from outside our atmosphere. These so-called cosmic rays have been known to cause damage to satellites and electronic devices on Earth, but most are absorbed by our atmosphere. The study of cosmic rays and their effects has led to major breakthroughs in particle physics. But today physicists are still trying to establish where these highly energetic subatomic particles come from.
Gresham Professor of Astronomy and a member of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge
Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Leeds
Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool.
Producer: Thomas Morris.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Roger Clay, Cosmic Bullets: High Energy Particles in Astrophysics (Basic Books, 1999)
F. Close, M. Marten and C. Sutton, The Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of Matter (Oxford University Press, 2002)
Brigitte Falkenburg and Wolfgang Rhode (ed.), From Ultra Rays to Astroparticles: A Historical Introduction to Astroparticle Physics (Springer, 2012)
Ian Sample, Massive: The Higgs Boson and the Greatest Hunt in Science (Virgin Books, 2013)
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