From the Back Cover
The early history of particle physics cannot be distinguished from the history of cosmic rays. With the advent of accelerators, however, cosmic rays lost their importance in particle physics. This situation persisted until the 1990s, when novel techniques allowed breakthrough discoveries, and exploration of new physics scales now requires going back to cosmic rays. The new profile of scientists in fundamental physics ideally involves the merging of knowledge in astroparticle and particle physics, but the duration of modern experiments is such that people cannot simultaneously be practitioners in both. This book, written by researchers who had been professionals in accelerator physics before becoming leaders of groups in astroparticle physics, bridges the gap; it can be used as a self-training book, a consultation book, or a textbook for a “modern” approach to particles and fundamental interactions.
About the Author
Full Professor in Experimental Physics at the University of Udine / INFN Trieste, Iataly, and at LIP/IST Lisboa, Portugal.
Representive for Italy of the MAGIC telescope and vice-president of the Collaboration board.
AY 2010/11: on leave of adsence at Max-Pleanck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany.
Born in 1959 in Italy, in the region of Belluno. Italian Citizen.
Address: Via Medici 28, I-33100 Udine (Italy).
Tel.+39 320 4366230
Connollystrasse 31/IV, Munich (Germany).
Dottore in Fisica at the Università di Padova cum laude in 1983 (thesis on lifetime of charmed particles measured using a bubble chamber, in the group of professor Marcello Cresti).
Languages: can lecture in Italian, Frence, English; fair knowledge of Portuguese.
Mário João Martins Pimenta
Physics Professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa)
Director of Laboratório de Instrumentação e Física Experimental de Partículas (LIP)