Numerical modeling of relativistic particle shock acceleration
24 Aug 2011
Fundamental Interactions in Physics and Astrophysics, Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography, University of Liege, Belgium
Erlangen Center for Astroparticle Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
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.