The recent years saw the implementation and deployment of a new generation of instruments flown in space or on stratospheric balloons. They are targeted at the study of a variety of energetic cosmic particles, including protons and nuclei, electrons, antimatter particles (positrons and antiprotons), secondary nuclei (including isotopes), ultraheavy nuclei, all complementing gamma-ray studies. Thus a new wealth of data is providing fresh insights on high-energy phenomena in the Galaxy. The instruments are large and deployed for long exposures, providing for an energy reach that permits direct cross-comparisons with ground-based measurements. We briefly review the state of the field, focusing on present and near future efforts.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics