Schedule Feb 09, 2006
Particle Acceleration in Relativistic Shocks
John Kirk (MPI, Heidelberg)

I will review the status of theory of the first order Fermi acceleration mechanism at relativistic shocks. Recent Monte-Carlo simulations that challenge the results of the simple kinematicapproach will be discussed. These raise deeper questions concerning the nature of the transport process in the magnetic fields generated by shock fronts.

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