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How to Detect Cosmic Rays  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this lesson on cosmic rays, students will explain two examples of a cosmic ray detector. Includes information about student preconceptions and a demonstration that requires a geiger counter and optional access to a small radioactive source that emits energetic helium nuclei (alpha particles), e.g., the mineral the mineral autunite, which contains uranium. This is activity two of four from The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER).

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Research Concerning Detection of Cosmic Rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

Throughout my academic career at Loyola I have carried out research with the Loyola University Cosmic Event Detection System concerning the possibility of detection of ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) based on radio meteor scattering methods. This research was furthered through summer internships and research fellowships at Adler Planetarium Chicago and Stony Brook University in New York. At Adler

Maxwell Grady; John Cunningham; Steve Kuhlmann; Hal Spinka; Dave Underwood; Mark Hammergren

2010-01-01

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Detection of cosmic neutrino clustering by cosmic ray spectra  

E-print Network

We propose a method to investigate the scenario that cosmic relic neutrinos are highly clustered around stars and galaxies, or dark-matter clusters, rather than uniformly distributed in the universe. Such a scenario can be detected or constrained by the interaction of high energy cosmic ray protons and nuclei with the cosmic neutrinos. There should be observable signature in the energy spectra of cosmic ray protons and nuclei for a neutrino clustering factor beyond $10^{13}$. We provide a relation on the signature onset positions between proton and nuclei spectra, and discuss possible support from existing experiments. It is also suggested that the relative abundance of cosmic ray nuclei may detect or constrain the cosmic neutrinos with smaller clustering.

W-Y. P. Hwang; Bo-Qiang Ma

2005-02-18

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Research Concerning Detection of Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Throughout my academic career at Loyola I have carried out research with the Loyola University Cosmic Event Detection System concerning the possibility of detection of ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) based on radio meteor scattering methods. This research was furthered through summer internships and research fellowships at Adler Planetarium Chicago and Stony Brook University in New York. At Adler Planetarium we used a helium balloon carrying a Geiger counter and other equipment to record the cosmic ray flux at various points in the atmosphere. The results clearly show the flux depends on the atmospheric density. At Stony Brook University I studied their advanced system for detecting cosmic rays in similar manner to radio meteor scattering principles. Research there focused on detection algorithms and also on the possibility of utilizing Digital Tv (DTv) signals for further research. Through the research a solid understanding of cosmic rays was formed including topics such as origins and energy scales of cosmic rays, both of which pose unanswered questions. )

Grady, Maxwell; Cunningham, John; Kuhlmann, Steve; Spinka, Hal; Underwood, Dave; Hammergren, Mark

2010-02-01

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COSMIC-RAY MUON TOMOGRAPHY AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE DETECTION OF HIGH-Z MATERIALS  

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COSMIC-RAY MUON TOMOGRAPHY AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE DETECTION OF HIGH-Z MATERIALS Konstantin. This allowed us to develop a technique which uses multiple scattering of cosmic-ray muons to detect shielded, 2]. The technique is based on the detection of the increased scattering of cosmic-ray muons

Kurien, Susan

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Student Projects in Cosmic Ray Detection  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Alberta Large-area Time-coincidence Array (ALTA) study has been in existence for about 10 years under the direction of Jim Pinfold of the Centre for Particle Physics at the University of Alberta. The purpose of the ALTA project is to involve Alberta high schools, and primarily their physics classes, to assist in the detection of the presence…

Brouwer, W.; Pinfold, J.; Soluk, R.; McDonough, B.; Pasek, V.; Bao-shan, Zheng

2009-01-01

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Fibre laser hydrophones for cosmic ray particle detection  

E-print Network

The detection of ultra high energetic cosmic neutrinos provides a unique means to search for extragalactic sources that accelerate particles to extreme energies. It allows to study the neutrino component of the GZK cut-off in the cosmic ray energy spectrum and the search for neutrinos beyond this limit. Due to low expected flux and small interaction cross-section of neutrinos with matter large experimental set-ups are needed to conduct this type of research. Acoustic detection of cosmic rays may provide a means for the detection of ultra-high energetic neutrinos. Using relative low absorption of sound in water, large experimental set-ups in the deep sea are possible that are able to detect these most rare events, but it requires highly sensitive hydrophones as the thermo-acoustic pulse originating from a particle shower in water has a typical amplitude as low as a mPa. It has been shown in characterisation measurements that the fibre optic hydrophone technology as designed and realised at TNO provides the required sensitivity. Noise measurements and pulse reconstruction have been conducted that show that the hydrophone is suited as a particle detector.

E. J. Buis; E. J. J. Doppenberg; R. A. Nieuwland; P. M. Toet

2013-11-29

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Detecting cosmic rays with the LOFAR radio telescope  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The low frequency array (LOFAR), is the first radio telescope designed with the capability to measure radio emission from cosmic-ray induced air showers in parallel with interferometric observations. In the first ~2 years of observing, 405 cosmic-ray events in the energy range of 1016-1018 eV have been detected in the band from 30-80 MHz. Each of these air showers is registered with up to ~1000 independent antennas resulting in measurements of the radio emission with unprecedented detail. This article describes the dataset, as well as the analysis pipeline, and serves as a reference for future papers based on these data. All steps necessary to achieve a full reconstruction of the electric field at every antenna position are explained, including removal of radio frequency interference, correcting for the antenna response and identification of the pulsed signal.

Schellart, P.; Nelles, A.; Buitink, S.; Corstanje, A.; Enriquez, J. E.; Falcke, H.; Frieswijk, W.; Hörandel, J. R.; Horneffer, A.; James, C. W.; Krause, M.; Mevius, M.; Scholten, O.; ter Veen, S.; Thoudam, S.; van den Akker, M.; Alexov, A.; Anderson, J.; Avruch, I. M.; Bähren, L.; Beck, R.; Bell, M. E.; Bennema, P.; Bentum, M. J.; Bernardi, G.; Best, P.; Bregman, J.; Breitling, F.; Brentjens, M.; Broderick, J.; Brüggen, M.; Ciardi, B.; Coolen, A.; de Gasperin, F.; de Geus, E.; de Jong, A.; de Vos, M.; Duscha, S.; Eislöffel, J.; Fallows, R. A.; Ferrari, C.; Garrett, M. A.; Grießmeier, J.; Grit, T.; Hamaker, J. P.; Hassall, T. E.; Heald, G.; Hessels, J. W. T.; Hoeft, M.; Holties, H. A.; Iacobelli, M.; Juette, E.; Karastergiou, A.; Klijn, W.; Kohler, J.; Kondratiev, V. I.; Kramer, M.; Kuniyoshi, M.; Kuper, G.; Maat, P.; Macario, G.; Mann, G.; Markoff, S.; McKay-Bukowski, D.; McKean, J. P.; Miller-Jones, J. C. A.; Mol, J. D.; Mulcahy, D. D.; Munk, H.; Nijboer, R.; Norden, M. J.; Orru, E.; Overeem, R.; Paas, H.; Pandey-Pommier, M.; Pizzo, R.; Polatidis, A. G.; Renting, A.; Romein, J. W.; Röttgering, H.; Schoenmakers, A.; Schwarz, D.; Sluman, J.; Smirnov, O.; Sobey, C.; Stappers, B. W.; Steinmetz, M.; Swinbank, J.; Tang, Y.; Tasse, C.; Toribio, C.; van Leeuwen, J.; van Nieuwpoort, R.; van Weeren, R. J.; Vermaas, N.; Vermeulen, R.; Vocks, C.; Vogt, C.; Wijers, R. A. M. J.; Wijnholds, S. J.; Wise, M. W.; Wucknitz, O.; Yatawatta, S.; Zarka, P.; Zensus, A.

2013-12-01

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The Renaissance of Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nearly 50 years ago, the first radio signals from cosmic ray air showers were detected. After many successful studies, however, research ceased not even 10 years later. Only a decade ago, the field was revived with the application of powerful digital signal processing techniques. Since then, the detection technique has matured, and we are now in a phase of transition from small-scale experiments accessing energies below 10 18 eV to experiments with a reach for energies beyond 10 19 eV. We have demonstrated that air shower radio signals carry information on both the energy and the mass of the primary particle, and current experiments are in the process of quantifying the precision with which this information can be accessed. All of this rests on solid understanding of the radio emission processes which can be interpreted as a coherent superposition of geomagnetic emission, Askaryan charge-excess radiation, and Cherenkov-like coherence effects arising in the density gradient of the atmosphere. In this article, I highlight the "state of the art" of radio detection of cosmic rays and briefly discuss its perspectives for the next few years.

Huege, Tim

2014-10-01

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The Renaissance of Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nearly 50 years ago, the first radio signals from cosmic ray air showers were detected. After many successful studies, however, research ceased not even 10 years later. Only a decade ago, the field was revived with the application of powerful digital signal processing techniques. Since then, the detection technique has matured, and we are now in a phase of transition from small-scale experiments accessing energies below 10 18 eV to experiments with a reach for energies beyond 10 19 eV. We have demonstrated that air shower radio signals carry information on both the energy and the mass of the primary particle, and current experiments are in the process of quantifying the precision with which this information can be accessed. All of this rests on solid understanding of the radio emission processes which can be interpreted as a coherent superposition of geomagnetic emission, Askaryan charge-excess radiation, and Cherenkov-like coherence effects arising in the density gradient of the atmosphere. In this article, I highlight the "state of the art" of radio detection of cosmic rays and briefly discuss its perspectives for the next few years.

Huege, Tim

2014-06-01

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Towards the installation and use of an extended array for cosmic ray detection: The EEE Project  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Extreme Energy Events (EEE) project started to use an array of cosmic ray telescopes for muon detection, distributed over the italian territory. The use of such telescopes, based on Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers (MRPC) allows the study of the local muon flux, the detection of cosmic ray showers and the search for correlations between distant showers. The project is

M. Abbrescia; A. Alici; S. An; R. Antolini; A. Badalà; Y. W. Baek; R. Baldini Ferroli; G. Bencivenni; F. Blanco; E. Bressan; A. Chiavassa; C. Chiri; C. Cicalò; L. Cifarelli; E. Coccia; F. Coccetti; A. De Caro; D. De Gruttola; S. De Pasquale; M. D'Incecco; F. L. Fabbri; V. Frolov; M. Garbini; C. Guarnaccia; C. Gustavino; D. Hatzifotiadou; G. Imponente; J. S. Kim; M. M. Kim; P. La Rocca; F. Librizzi; A. Maggiora; H. Menghetti; S. Miozzi; R. Moro; F. Noferini; P. Pagano; M. Panareo; G. S. Pappalardo; C. Petta; G. Piragino; R. Preghenella; F. Riggi; F. Romano; G. Russo; G. Sartorelli; C. Sbarra; G. Scioli; M. Selvi; S. Serci; E. Siddi; H. Wenninger; M. C. S. Williams; C. Zampolli; A. Zichichi; R. Zuyeuski

2009-01-01

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Detection of cosmic ray tracks using scintillating fibers and position sensitive multi-anode photomultipliers  

SciTech Connect

This experiment demonstrates detection of cosmic ray tracks by using Scintillating fiber planes and multi-anode photomultipliers (MA-PMTs). In a laboratory like this, cosmic rays provide a natural source of high-energy charged particles which can be detected with high efficiency and with nanosecond time resolution.

Atac, M.; Streets, J.; Wilcer, N.

1998-02-01

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ESA's Integral detects closest cosmic gamma-ray burst  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

5 August 2004 A gamma-ray burst detected by ESA's Integral gamma-ray observatory on 3 December 2003 has been thoroughly studied for months by an armada of space and ground-based observatories. Astronomers have now concluded that this event, called GRB 031203, is the closest cosmic gamma-ray burst on record, but also the faintest. This also suggests that an entire population of sub-energetic gamma-ray bursts has so far gone unnoticed... Gamma ray burst model hi-res Size hi-res: 22 KB Credits: CXC/M. Weiss Artist impression of a low-energy gamma-ray burst This illustration describes a model for a gamma-ray burst, like the one detected by Integral on 3 December 2003 (GRB 031203). A jet of high-energy particles from a rapidly rotating black hole interacts with surrounding matter. Observations with Integral on 3 December 2003 and data on its afterglow, collected afterwards with XMM-Newton, Chandra and the Very Large Array telescope, show that GRB 031203 radiated only a fraction of the energy of normal gamma-ray bursts. Like supernovae, gamma-ray bursts are thought to be produced by the collapse of the core of a massive star. However, while the process leading to supernovae is relatively well understood, astronomers still do not know what happens when a core collapses to form a black hole. The discovery of 'under-energetic' gamma-ray bursts, like GRB 031203, should provide valuable clues as to links between supernovae, black holes and gamma-ray bursts. Lo-res JPG (22 Kb) Hi-res TIFF (5800 Kb) Cosmic gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are flashes of gamma rays that can last from less than a second to a few minutes and occur at random positions in the sky. A large fraction of them is thought to result when a black hole is created from a dying star in a distant galaxy. Astronomers believe that a hot disc surrounding the black hole, made of gas and matter falling onto it, somehow emits an energetic beam parallel to the axis of rotation. According to the simplest picture, all GRBs should emit similar amounts of gamma-ray energy. The fraction of it detected at Earth should then depend on the 'width' (opening angle) and orientation of the beam as well as on the distance. The energy received should be larger when the beam is narrow or points towards us and smaller when the beam is broad or points away from us. New data collected with ESA's high energy observatories, Integral and XMM-Newton, now show that this picture is not so clear-cut and that the amount of energy emitted by GRBs can vary significantly. "The idea that all GRBs spit out the same amount of gamma rays, or that they are 'standard candles' as we call them, is simply ruled out by the new data," said Dr Sergey Sazonov, from the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russia) and the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching near Munich (Germany). Sazonov and an international team of researchers studied the GRB detected by Integral on 3 December 2003 and given the code-name of GRB 031203. Within a record 18 seconds of the burst, the Integral Burst Alert System had pinpointed the approximate position of GRB 031203 in the sky and sent the information to a network of observatories around the world. A few hours later one of them, ESA's XMM-Newton, determined a much more precise position for GRB 031203 and detected a rapidly fading X-ray source, which was subsequently seen by radio and optical telescopes on the ground. This wealth of data allowed astronomers to determine that GRB 031203 went off in a galaxy less than 1300 million light years away, making it the closest GRB ever observed. Even so, the way in which GRB 031203 dimmed with time and the distribution of its energy were not different from those of distant GRBs. Then, scientists started to realise that the concept of the 'standard candle' may not hold. "Being so close should make GRB 031203 appear very bright, but the amount of gamma-rays measured by Integral is about one thousand times less than what we would normally expect from a GRB," Sazonov said. A burst of gamma rays ob

2004-08-01

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An Optimization of the FPGA Based Wavelet Trigger in Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

1 An Optimization of the FPGA Based Wavelet Trigger in Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays Zbigniew emission from extensive air showers induced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays are designed for a detailed signals from air showers are caused by the coherent emission due to geomagnetic radiation and charge

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30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Radio Detection of UltraHigh Energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

ray radar reflection [14, 27] --- it did not succeed but detected the radar reflection of Sputnik instead and made history. Radio detection of air showers has a number of advantages: the detector material itself, a simple wire, is cheap, radio emission is not absorbed in the atmosphere and can thus see

Falcke, Heino

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Hoping to indirectly detect Dark Matter with cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Dark Matter constitutes more that 80% of the total amount of matter in the Universe, yet almost nothing is known about its nature. A powerful investigation technique is that of searching for the products of annihilations of Dark Matter particles in the galactic halo, on top of the ordinary cosmic rays. Recent data from the PAMELA and FERMI satellites and a number of balloon experiment have reported unexpected excesses in the measured fluxes of cosmic rays. Are these the first direct evidences for Dark Matter? If yes, which DM models and candidates can explain these anomalies (in terms of annihilations) and what do they imply for future searches? What are the constraints from gamma rays measurements and cosmology? [Report number: Saclay T-10/098, CERN-PH-TH/2010-183].

Cirelli, Marco

2010-11-01

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24. Cosmic rays 1 24. COSMIC RAYS  

E-print Network

24. Cosmic rays 1 24. COSMIC RAYS Revised August 2011 by J.J. Beatty (Ohio State Univ.) and J or longer. Technically, "primary" cosmic rays are those particles accelerated at astrophysical sources decelerates and partially excludes the lower energy galactic cosmic rays from the inner solar system

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26. Cosmic rays 1 26. COSMIC RAYS  

E-print Network

26. Cosmic rays 1 26. COSMIC RAYS Revised August 2011 by J.J. Beatty (Ohio State Univ.) and J or longer. Technically, "primary" cosmic rays are those particles accelerated at astrophysical sources decelerates and partially excludes the lower energy galactic cosmic rays from the inner solar system

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24. Cosmic rays 1 24. COSMIC RAYS  

E-print Network

24. Cosmic rays 1 24. COSMIC RAYS Revised August 2009 by T.K. Gaisser and T. Stanev (Bartol or longer. Technically, "primary" cosmic rays are those particles accelerated at astrophysical sources decelerates and partially excludes the lower energy galactic cosmic rays from the inner solar system

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Cosmic Rays  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This series of web pages gives an elementary discussion of cosmic rays, followed by sections on high energy particles in the universe and high-energy particles from the Sun. It describes the existence particles whose velocity approaches that of light, their probable sources, and their measurement. This is part of a large work, "The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere", that gives a non-mathematical introduction to planetary and solar magnetic fields, space weather, aurora, and charged particle motion. A Spanish translation is available.

Stern, David

2005-04-27

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FPGA Based Wavelet Trigger in Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Experiments which show coherent radio emission from extensive air showers induced by ultra-high-energy cosmic rays are designed for a detailed study of the development of the electromagnetic part of air showers. Radio detectors can operate with 100 % up time as, e.g., surface detectors based on water-Cherenkov tanks. They are being developed for ground-based experiments (e.g., the Pierre Auger Observatory) as another type of air-shower detector in addition to fluorescence detectors, which operate with only ˜10 % of duty on dark nights. The radio signals from air showers are caused by coherent emission from geomagnetic radiation and charge-excess processes. The self-triggers in radio detectors currently in use often generate a dense stream of data, which is analyzed afterwards. Huge amounts of registered data require significant manpower for off-line analysis. Improvement of trigger efficiency is a relevant factor. The wavelet trigger, which investigates on-line the power of radio signals (˜V2/R), is promising; however, it requires some improvements with respect to current designs. In this work, Morlet wavelets with various scaling factors were used for an analysis of real data from the Auger Engineering Radio Array and for optimization of the utilization of the resources in an FPGA. The wavelet analysis showed that the power of events is concentrated mostly in a limited range of the frequency spectrum (consistent with a range imposed by the input analog band-pass filter). However, we found several events with suspicious spectral characteristics, where the signal power is spread over the full band-width sampled by a 200 MHz digitizer with significant contribution of very high and very low frequencies. These events may not originate from cosmic ray showers but could be the result of human contamination. The engine of the wavelet analysis can be implemented in the modern powerful FPGAs and can remove suspicious events on-line to reduce the trigger rate.

Szadkowski, Zbigniew; Szadkowska, Anna

2014-09-01

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LOPES Detecting Radio Emission from Cosmic Ray Air Showers  

E-print Network

Radio pulses emitted in the atmosphere during the air shower development of high-energy primary cosmic rays were measured during the late 1960ies in the frequency range from 2 MHz to 520 MHz. Mainly due to difficulties with radio interference these measurements ceased in the late 1970ies. LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) is a new digital radio interferometer under development. Using high bandwidth ADCs and fast data processing it will be able to filter out most of the interference. By storing the whole waveform information in digital form one can analyze transient events like air showers even after they have been recorded. To test this new technology and to demonstrate its ability to measure air showers a "LOFAR Prototype Station" (LOPES) is set up to operate in conjunction with an existing air shower array (KASCADE-Grande). The first phase consisting of 10 antennas is already running. It operates in the frequency range of 40 to 80 MHz, using simple short dipole antennas and direct 2nd Nyquist sampling of the incoming wave. It has proven to be able to do simple astronomical measurements, like imaging of a solar burst. It has also demonstrated how digital interference suppression and beamforming can overcome the problem of radio interference and pick out air shower events.

LOPES Collaboration; A. Horneffer

2004-09-27

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Towards the installation and use of an extended array for cosmic ray detection: The EEE Project  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Extreme Energy Events (EEE) project started to use an array of cosmic ray telescopes for muon detection, distributed over the italian territory. The use of such telescopes, based on Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers (MRPC) allows the study of the local muon flux, the detection of cosmic ray showers and the search for correlations between distant showers. The project is also intended to involve high school teams in an advanced research work. The present status of the installation and the first physics results are discussed here.

Abbrescia, M.; Alici, A.; An, S.; Antolini, R.; Badalà, A.; Baek, Y. W.; Baldini Ferroli, R.; Bencivenni, G.; Blanco, F.; Bressan, E.; Chiavassa, A.; Chiri, C.; Cicalò, C.; Cifarelli, L.; Coccia, E.; Coccetti, F.; de Caro, A.; de Gruttola, D.; de Pasquale, S.; D'Incecco, M.; Fabbri, F. L.; Frolov, V.; Garbini, M.; Guarnaccia, C.; Gustavino, C.; Hatzifotiadou, D.; Imponente, G.; Kim, J. S.; Kim, M. M.; La Rocca, P.; Librizzi, F.; Maggiora, A.; Menghetti, H.; Miozzi, S.; Moro, R.; Noferini, F.; Pagano, P.; Panareo, M.; Pappalardo, G. S.; Petta, C.; Piragino, G.; Preghenella, R.; Riggi, F.; Romano, F.; Russo, G.; Sartorelli, G.; Sbarra, C.; Scioli, G.; Selvi, M.; Serci, S.; Siddi, E.; Wenninger, H.; Williams, M. C. S.; Zampolli, C.; Zichichi, A.; Zuyeuski, R.

2009-05-01

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High Energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

T.Hebbeker High Energy Cosmic Rays Thomas Hebbeker RWTH Aachen University Gent 03.07.2008 1.2 http://www.physik.rwth-aachen.de/~hebbeker/ or: google hebbeker #12;T.Hebbeker Cosmic Rays Discovery / Properties Influence on Earth / Life / Science High Energy Cosmic Rays Cosmic Sources and Propagation Auger-Observatory First Auger Results #12;T

Hebbeker, Thomas

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Lunar detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays and neutrinos  

E-print Network

The origin of the most energetic particles in nature, the ultra-high-energy (UHE) cosmic rays, is still a mystery. Due to their extremely low flux, even the 3,000 km^2 Pierre Auger detector registers only about 30 cosmic rays per year with sufficiently high energy to be used for directional studies. A method to provide a vast increase in collecting area is to use the lunar technique, in which ground-based radio telescopes search for the nanosecond radio flashes produced when a cosmic ray interacts with the Moon's surface. The technique is also sensitive to the associated flux of UHE neutrinos, which are expected from cosmic ray interactions during production and propagation, and the detection of which can also be used to identify the UHE cosmic ray source(s). An additional flux of UHE neutrinos may also be produced in the decays of topological defects from the early Universe. Observations with existing radio telescopes have shown that this technique is technically feasible, and established the required proced...

Bray, J D; Buitink, S; Dagkesamanskii, R D; Ekers, R D; Falcke, H; Gayley, K G; Huege, T; James, C W; Mevius, M; Mutel, R L; Protheroe, R J; Scholten, O; Spencer, R E; ter Veen, S

2014-01-01

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29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101106 Detection of Diffuse Gamma-Ray Emission from the Cygnus Region  

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29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101­106 Detection of Diffuse Gamma-Ray of both diffuse and point sources. A large contribution to the VHE emission must come from cosmic rays Emission from the Cygnus Region with the Milagro Gamma-Ray Observatory A.J. Smith for the Milagro

California at Santa Cruz, University of

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Strangelets in Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

The properties of strangelets are reviewed and two experiments searching for them in cosmic rays are described. The prospects for strangelets as ultra-high energy cosmic rays beyond the classical GZK-cutoff are discussed.

Jes Madsen

2006-12-29

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Cosmic Ray Physics at a Community College: Assembly, Detection and Measurement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

During an in-depth eight week summer research program at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, CA, we constructed two complementary experimental systems to measure cosmic rays. One system used NIM electronic modules configured for coincidence measurement. To detect the comic rays, two photomultiplier tubes each coupled to plastic scintillator paddles were assembled. The other system was build from a circuit board designed by the LBL Cosmic Ray Project. Extensive prototype and diagnosis for this board were done prior to final soldering of the parts. The dependence of the cosmic ray flux on the separation between scintillator paddles was measured and showed reasonable agreement with the accepted value. The flux dependence on the square of the cosine of the polar angle was also tested, and our result showed closely the expected cosine behavior using the NIM setup. As for the LBL Lab circuit board, it was difficult to obtain reliable coincidence counts for large polar angles probably due to the lack of an adjustable discriminator control. This was compensated for by operating the detectors at a lower high voltage which reduced the random counts, without affecting signals. This strategy gave a more reliable cosmic ray flux result using the Berkeley Lab circuit board.

Fan, Sewan; Davis, Scott; Osornio, Leo; Haag, Brooke

2012-03-01

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Solar cosmic ray phenomena  

Microsoft Academic Search

This review attempts to present an integrated view of the several types of solar cosmic ray phenomena. The relevant large and small scale properties of the interplanetary medium are first surveyed, and their use in the development of a quantitative understanding of the cosmic ray propagation processes summarised. Solar cosmic ray events, in general, are classified into two phenomenological categories:

K. G. McCracken; U. R. Rao

1970-01-01

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30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE A Search for Prompt Very High Energy Emission from Satellite-detected Gamma-  

E-print Network

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE A Search for Prompt Very High Energy Emission from Satellite-detected Gamma- ray Bursts using Milagro P. M. SAZ PARKINSON & B. L. DINGUS ¡ FOR THE MILAGRO@scipp.ucsc.edu; dingus@lanl.gov Abstract: Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) have been detected up to GeV energies and are predicted

California at Santa Cruz, University of

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Detection and imaging of atmospheric radio flashes from cosmic ray air showers  

E-print Network

The nature of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) at energies >10^20 eV remains a mystery. They are likely to be of extragalactic origin, but should be absorbed within ~50 Mpc through interactions with the cosmic microwave background. As there are no sufficient powerful accelerators within this distance from the Galaxy, explanations for UHECRs range from unusual astrophysical sources to exotic string physics. Also unclear is whether UHECRs consist of protons, heavy nuclei, neutrinos or gamma-rays. To resolve these questions, larger detectors with higher duty cycles and which combine multiple detection techniques are needed. Radio emission from UHECRs, on the other hand, is unaffected by attenuation, has a high duty cycle, gives calorimetric measurements and provides high directional accuracy. Here we report the detection of radio flashes from cosmic-ray air showers using low-cost digital radio receivers. We show that the radiation can be understood in terms of the geosynchrotron effect. Our results show that it should be possible to determine the nature and composition of UHECRs with combined radio and particle detectors, and to detect the ultrahigh-energy neutrinos expected from flavour mixing.

H. Falcke; W. D. Apel; A. F. Badea

2005-05-18

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LAT Perspectives in Detection of High Energy Cosmic Ray Electrons  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The GLAST Large Area Telescope (LAT) science objectives and capabilities in the detection of high energy electrons in the energy range from 20 GeV to approx. 1 TeV are presented. LAT simulations are used to establish the event selections. It is found that maintaining the efficiency of electron detection at the level of 30% the residual hadron contamination does not exceed 2-3% of the electron flux. LAT should collect approx. ten million of electrons with the energy above 20 GeV for each year of observation. Precise spectral reconstruction with high statistics presents us with a unique opportunity to investigate several important problems such as studying galactic models of IC radiation, revealing the signatures of nearby sources such as high energy cutoff in the electron spectrum, testing the propagation model, and searching for KKDM particles decay through their contribution to the electron spectrum.

Moiseev, Alexander; Ormes, J. F.; Funk, Stefan

2007-01-01

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Propagation of Cosmic Rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Astrophysics of cosmic rays and gamma rays depends very much on the quality of the data, which become increasingly accurate each year and therefore more constraining. While direct measurements of cosmic rays are possible in only one location on the outskirts of the Milky Way, the Galactic diffuse gamma-ray emission provides insights into the spectra of cosmic rays in distant locations, therefore complementing the local cosmic-ray studies. This connection, however, requires extensive modeling and is yet to be explored in detail. The GLAST mission, which is scheduled for launch in 2007 and is capable of measuring gamma-rays in the range 20 MeV - 300 GeV, will change the status quo dramatically. The detailed spectra and skymaps of the Galactic diffuse gamma-ray emission gathered by GLAST will require adequate theoretical models. The efforts will be rewarded by the wealth of information on cosmic ray spectra and fluxes in remote locations. In its turn, a detailed cosmic ray propagation model will provide a reliable basis for other studies such as search for dark matter signals in cosmic rays and diffuse gamma rays, spectrum and origin of the extragalactic gamma-ray'emission, theories of nucleosynthesis and evolution of elements etc. In this talk, I will discuss what we can learn studying the cosmic ray propagation and diffuse gamma-ray emission.

Moskalenko, I. V.

2004-01-01

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Cosmic Ray Propagation Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Astrophysics of cosmic rays and gamma rays depends very much on the quality of the data, which become increasingly accurate each year and therefore more constraining. While direct measurements of cosmic rays are possible in only one location on the outskirts of the Milky Way, the Galactic diffuse gamma-ray emission provides insights into the spectra of cosmic rays in distant locations, therefore complementing the local cosmic-ray studies. This connection, however, requires extensive modeling and is yet to be explored in detail. The GUST mission, which is scheduled for launch in 2007 and is capable of measuring gamma-rays in the range 20 MeV - 300 GeV, will change the status quo dramatically. Galactic diffuse gamma-ray emission gathered by GUST will require adequate theoretical models. The efforts will be rewarded by the wealth of information on cosmic ray spectra and fluxes in remote locations. In its turn, a detailed cosmic ray propagation model will provide a reliable basis for other studies such as search for dark matter signals in cosmic rays and diffuse gamma rays, spectrum and origin of the extragalactic gamma-ray emission, theories of nucleosynthesis and evolution of elements etc. In this talk, I will discuss what we can learn studying the cosmic ray propagation and diffuse gamma-ray emission.

Moskalenko, I. V.

2004-01-01

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Dual Phase Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

A calculation based on flat spacetime symmetries shows how there can be two quantum phases. For one, extreme phase change determines a conventional classical trajectory and four-momentum, i.e. mass times four-velocity. The other phase occurs in an effective particle state, with the effective energy and momentum being the rate of change of the phase with respect to time and distance. A cosmic ray proton moves along a classical trajectory, but exists in an effective particle state with an effective energy that depends on the local gravitational potential. Assumptions are made so that a cosmic ray proton in an ultra-high energy state detected near the Earth was in a much less energetic state in interstellar space. A 300 EeV proton incident on the Earth was a 2 PeV proton in interstellar space. The model predicts such protons are in states with even more energy near the Sun than when near the Earth.

Richard Shurtleff

2007-12-30

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Cosmic x ray physics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The annual progress report on Cosmic X Ray Physics is presented. Topics studied include: the soft x ray background, proportional counter and filter calibrations, the new sounding rocket payload: X Ray Calorimeter, and theoretical studies.

Mccammon, Dan; Cox, D. P.; Kraushaar, W. L.; Sanders, W. T.

1990-01-01

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Cosmic x ray physics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The annual progress report on Cosmic X Ray Physics for the period 1 Jan. to 31 Dec. 1990 is presented. Topics studied include: soft x ray background, new sounding rocket payload: x ray calorimeter, and theoretical studies.

Mccammon, Dan; Cox, D. P.; Kraushaar, W. L.; Sanders, W. T.

1991-01-01

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Cosmic gamma-ray burst detected with an instrument on board the OGO-5 satellite  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Gamma-ray bursts of cosmic origin have recently been detected by instruments on the Vela satellites. We now confirm the detection of the June 30, 1971 event with an instrument on board the OGO-5 satellite. The intensity of this burst is calculated to be approximately 100-200 photons per sq cm/sec for photons of energy greater than 150 keV with an upper limit of 50 photons per sq cm/sec for the intensity above 5 MeV. An upper limit of one-third of the intensity of the June 30, 1971 event is set for 10 other events studied.

Lheureux, J.

1974-01-01

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Detection of elusive Radio and Optical emission from Cosmic-ray showers in the 1960s  

E-print Network

During the 1960s, a small but vibrant community of cosmic ray physicists, pioneered novel optical methods of detecting extensive air showers (EAS) in the Earth's atmosphere with the prime objective of searching for point sources of energetic cosmic gamma-rays. Throughout that decade, progress was extremely slow. Attempts to use the emission of optical Cherenkov radiation from showers as a basis for TeV gamma-ray astronomy proved difficult and problematical, given the rather primitive light-collecting systems in use at the time, coupled with a practical inability to reject the overwhelming background arising from hadronic showers. Simultaneously, a number of groups experimented with passive detection of radio emission from EAS as a possible cheap, simple, stand-alone method to detect and characterise showers of energy greater than 10^16 eV. By the end of the decade, it was shown that the radio emission was quite highly beamed and hence the effective collection area for detection of high energy showers was quit...

Fegan, David J

2011-01-01

40

Cosmic Ray Astronomy  

E-print Network

Cosmic ray astronomy attempts to identify and study the sources of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays. It is unique in its reliance on charged particles as the information carriers. While no discrete source of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays has been identified so far, a new generation of detectors is acquiring the huge exposure that is needed at the highest energies, where deflection by magnetic fields is minimized and the background from distant sources is eliminated by pion photoproduction. In this paper, we summarize the status of cosmic ray astronomy, describing the detectors and the analysis techniques.

Paul Sommers; Stefan Westerhoff

2008-02-09

41

New detection technologies for ultra-high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Even with an accumulated data set from an integrated six years of lifetime from the Auger experiment, no point sources of charged cosmic rays have be identified at the highest energies. Significantly increased apertures such as promised by the JEMEUSO mission will be required to identify these sources from the cosmic ray signatures themselves. However, in employing water-cherenkov surface detectors as well as fluorescence telescopes, Auger has demonstrated the power provided by the hybrid technology approach. New detection technologies thus provide a valuable tool, in particular for the study of systematic effects. Over the past decade, in particular radio detection of cosmic ray air-showers has become a viable future detection technology to enhance and complement existing air-shower experiments. Following the proof-of-principle provided by the Lopes experiment, this technology is now being pursued in all major air-shower detectors. In the MHz regime, the radio signal is dominated by geomagnetic emission from the electrons deflected in the earth magnetic field, with secondary contributions from a global charge excess. As the majority of the energy in the shower is carried by these electron and the radio signal traverses the atmosphere basically unattenuated, this approach not only promises superior energy resolution but may also provide an independent handle on the longitudinal shower development and hence the primary composition. Theoretical signal predictions provided by detailed Monte-Carlo simulations as well as analytic shower parametrizations are in good agreement with measurements provided by the AERA and Codalema experiments. Recent efforts also include studies of the radio emission in the GHz regime, where the ambient noise is significantly reduced, yet the emission mechanism in this regime has not been firmly established yet. As neutrinos are not deflected in the intergalactic magnetic fields, the detection of neutrino-induced cascades in dense media provides another promising approachfor the identification of the sources of cosmic rays. The low event rates and large required target volumes limit the experimental methods to far-ranging signatures .from the cascade, such as acoustic emission from the quasi-instantaneous energy deposit or Cherenkov emission from the charged particles in the cascade. Searching for optical Cherenkov photons in a cubic-kilometer of Antarctic ice, the IceCube experiment has recently found an excess of high-energy neutrinos in the TeV-PeV range.Yet its effective volume is too small to detect the GZK flux predicted from interaction of the highest-energy cosmic rays with the ambient cosmic microwave background. Seeking to increase the observed target volume, radio observations of the rim of the moon have energy thresholds well beyond the EeV scale and thus are more likely to find interactions of charged cosmic rays than GZK neutrinos. The currently best sensitivity to this flux is provided from searches for GHz radio emission of neutrino-induced cascades in the antarctic ice from the ANITA ballon experiment. While no high-energy neutrinos have been found, a geomagnetic emission component from air-showers

Böser, Sebastian

2013-06-01

42

Cosmic Rays in Thunderstorms  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic Rays in Thunderstorms Cosmic rays are protons and heavier nuclei that constantly bombard the Earth's atmosphere with energies spanning a vast range from 109 to 1021 eV. At typical altitudes up to 10-20 km they initiate large particle cascades, called extensive air showers, that contain millions to billions of secondary particles depending on their initial energy. These particles include electrons, positrons, hadrons and muons, and are concentrated in a compact particle front that propagates at relativistic speed. In addition, the shower leaves behind a trail of lower energy electrons from ionization of air molecules. Under thunderstorm conditions these electrons contribute to the electrical and ionization processes in the cloud. When the local electric field is strong enough the secondary electrons can create relativistic electron run-away avalanches [1] or even non-relativistic avalanches. Cosmic rays could even trigger lightning inception. Conversely, strong electric fields also influence the development of the air shower [2]. Extensive air showers emit a short (tens of nanoseconds) radio pulse due to deflection of the shower particles in the Earth's magnetic field [3]. Antenna arrays, such as AERA, LOFAR and LOPES detect these pulses in a frequency window of roughly 10-100 MHz. These systems are also sensitive to the radiation from discharges associated to thunderstorms, and provide a means to study the interaction of cosmic ray air showers and the electrical processes in thunderstorms [4]. In this presentation we discuss the involved radiation mechanisms and present analyses of thunderstorm data from air shower arrays [1] A. Gurevich et al., Phys. Lett. A 165, 463 (1992) [2] S. Buitink et al., Astropart. Phys. 33, 1 (2010) [3] H. Falcke et al., Nature 435, 313 (2005) [4] S. Buitink et al., Astron. & Astrophys. 467, 385 (2007)

Buitink, Stijn; Scholten, Olaf; van den Berg, Ad; Ebert, Ute

2013-04-01

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Cosmic Rays High Energy Particles  

E-print Network

T.Hebbeker Cosmic Rays High Energy Particles from the Universe Thomas Hebbeker RWTH Aachen.Hebbeker Cosmic Rays Discovery / Properties Influence on Earth / Life / Science High Energy Cosmic Rays Cosmic + + + + + + + + ++ + + + + Ionizing radiation discharges electrometer #12;T.Hebbeker Electric Properties of Cosmic Rays 1927 Clay

Hebbeker, Thomas

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Aerial Neutron Detection of Cosmic-Ray Interactions with the Earth's Surface  

SciTech Connect

We have demonstrated the ability to measure the neutron flux produced by the cosmic-ray interaction with nuclei in the ground surface using aerial neutron detection. High energy cosmic-rays (primarily muons with GeV energies) interact with the nuclei in the ground surface and produce energetic neutrons via spallation. At the air-surface interface, the neutrons produced by spallation will either scatter within the surface material, become thermalized and reabsorbed, or be emitted into the air. The mean free path of energetic neutrons in air can be hundreds of feet as opposed to a few feet in dense materials. As such, the flux of neutrons escaping into the air provides a measure of the surface nuclei composition. It has been demonstrated that this effect can be measured at long range using neutron detectors on low flying helicopters. Radiological survey measurements conducted at Government Wash in Las Vegas, Nevada, have shown that the neutron background from the cosmic-soil interactions is repeatable and directly correlated to the geological data. Government Wash has a very unique geology, spanning a wide variety of nuclide mixtures and formations. The results of the preliminary measurements are presented.

Richard Maurer

2008-09-18

45

Terrestrial cosmic rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reviews the basic physics of those cosmic rays which can affect terrestrial electronics. Cosmic rays at sea level consist mostly of neutrons, protons, pions, muons, electrons, and photons. The particles which cause significant soft fails in electronics are those particles with the strong interaction: neutrons, protons, and pions. At sea level, about 95% of these particles are neutrons.

James F. Ziegler

1996-01-01

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Origin of Cosmic Rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

Contents Introduction S 1. Primary Cosmic Rays Near the Earth a) Chemical composition b) Energy spectrum S 2. Radio-Astronomical Data a) Magnetic bremsstrahlung (synchrotron radiation) b) Certain results of observations and their interpretation (structure of the Galaxy, discrete sources) S 3. Lifetime of Cosmic Rays and Character of Their Motion in the Galaxy and the Metagalaxy a) Nuclear lifetime of

V. L. Ginzburg; S. I. Syrovatsky

1961-01-01

47

Cosmic-ray astrochemistry.  

PubMed

Gas-phase chemistry in the interstellar medium is driven by fast ion-molecule reactions. This, of course, demands a mechanism for ionization, and cosmic rays are the ideal candidate as they can operate throughout the majority of both diffuse and dense interstellar clouds. Aside from driving interstellar chemistry via ionization, cosmic rays also interact with the interstellar medium in ways that heat the ambient gas, produce gamma rays, and produce light element isotopes. In this paper we review the observables generated by cosmic-ray interactions with the interstellar medium, focusing primarily on the relevance to astrochemistry. PMID:23812538

Indriolo, Nick; McCall, Benjamin J

2013-10-01

48

Cosmic Rays High Energy Particles  

E-print Network

T.Hebbeker Cosmic Rays High Energy Particles from the Universe Thomas Hebbeker RWTH Aachen #12;T.Hebbeker Cosmic Rays Discovery / Properties Influence on Earth / Life / Science High Energy Cosmic Rays Cosmic Sources and Propagation Auger-Observatory First Auger Results #12;T.Hebbeker Cosmic

Hebbeker, Thomas

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Detection Of Cosmic Rays Air Showers Using Radio Antenna Arrays And Scintillation Counters  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this progress report we describe a test bench developed in order to evaluate the performance of radio antennas and other gaseous detectors in detecting air showers initiating by cosmic rays. This test bench is based on an array of HELYCON scintillation counters and is used to operate a digital radio telescope. The results of this research and development activity will be applied in developing a sea top calibration array of an underwater neutrino telescope. We also describe the performance of a single HELYCON station in detecting and reconstructing showers as well as on the pilot operation of a single low frequency radio antenna in order to develop techniques to suppress the contribution of the anthropogenic RF background originated from human activities.

Papageorgiou, K.; Tzamarias, S.; Gkialas, I.; Tsirigotis, A.; Bourlis, G.; Manthos, I.; Avgitas, G.

2014-06-01

50

Cosmic Rays at the Knee  

E-print Network

Several kinds of measurements are combined in an attempt to obtain a consistent estimate of the spectrum and composition of the primary cosmic radiation through the knee region. Assuming that the knee is a signal of the high-energy end of a galactic cosmic-ray population, I discuss possible signatures of a transition to an extra-galactic population and how they might be detected.

Thomas K. Gaisser

2006-08-25

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DETECTION OF THE COSMIC {gamma}-RAY HORIZON FROM MULTIWAVELENGTH OBSERVATIONS OF BLAZARS  

SciTech Connect

The first statistically significant detection of the cosmic {gamma}-ray horizon (CGRH) that is independent of any extragalactic background light (EBL) model is presented. The CGRH is a fundamental quantity in cosmology. It gives an estimate of the opacity of the universe to very high energy (VHE) {gamma}-ray photons due to photon-photon pair production with the EBL. The only estimations of the CGRH to date are predictions from EBL models and lower limits from {gamma}-ray observations of cosmological blazars and {gamma}-ray bursts. Here, we present homogeneous synchrotron/synchrotron self-Compton (SSC) models of the spectral energy distributions of 15 blazars based on (almost) simultaneous observations from radio up to the highest energy {gamma}-rays taken with the Fermi satellite. These synchrotron/SSC models predict the unattenuated VHE fluxes, which are compared with the observations by imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes. This comparison provides an estimate of the optical depth of the EBL, which allows us a derivation of the CGRH through a maximum likelihood analysis that is EBL-model independent. We find that the observed CGRH is compatible with the current knowledge of the EBL.

Dominguez, A.; Siana, B. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Finke, J. D. [U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Space Science Division, Code 7653, 4555 Overlook Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Prada, F. [Campus of International Excellence UAM-CSIC, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Primack, J. R. [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States); Kitaura, F. S. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Astrophysik (AIP), An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam (Germany); Paneque, D., E-mail: albertod@ucr.edu [Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, SLAC, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 (United States)

2013-06-10

52

Cosmic Ray Origins: An Introduction  

E-print Network

Physicists have pondered the origin of cosmic rays for over a hundred years. However the last few years have seen an upsurge in the observation, progress in the theory and a genuine increase in the importance attached to the topic due to its intimate connection to the indirect detection of evidence for dark matter. The intent of this talk is to set the stage for the meeting by reviewing some of the basic features of the entire cosmic ray spectrum from GeV to ZeV energy and some of the models that have been developed. The connection will also be made to recent developments in understanding general astrophysical particle acceleration in pulsar wind nebulae, relativistic jets and gamma ray bursts. The prospects for future discoveries, which may elucidate the origin of cosmic rays, are bright.

Blandford, Roger; Yuan, Yajie

2014-01-01

53

Cosmic Ray Feedback  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic rays produced or deposited at sites in hot cluster gas are thought to provide the pressure that forms X-ray cavities. While cavities have a net cooling effect on cluster gas, young, expanding cavities drive shocks that increase the local entropy. Cavities also produce radial filaments of thermal gas and are sources of cluster cosmic rays that diffuse through cavity walls, as in Virgo where a radio lobe surrounds a radial thermal filament. Cosmic rays also make the hot gas locally buoyant, allowing large masses of low entropy gas to be transported out beyond the cooling radius. Successive cavities maintain a buoyant outflow that preserves the cluster gas temperature and gas fraction profiles and dramatically reduces the cooling rate onto the central black hole.

Mathews, William G.

2009-12-01

54

Detection of meteors and sub-relativistic dust grains by the fluorescence detectors of ultra high energy cosmic rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

Fluorescence detectors of ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECR) allow to record not only the extensive air showers, initiated by the UHECR particles, but also to detect light, produced by meteors and by the fast dust grains. It is shown that the fluorescence detector operated at the mountain site can register signals from meteors with kinetic energy threshold of about

B. A. Khrenov; V. P. Stulov

2006-01-01

55

On the Possibility of Radar Detection of Ultra-high Energy Cosmic Ray- and Neutrino-induced Air Showers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We show that cosmic rays air showers resulting from primaries with energies above 10(sup 19) eV should be straightforward to detect with radar ranging techniques, where the radar echoes are produced by scattering from the column of ionized air produced by the shower.

Gorham, P.

1999-01-01

56

Optimal Radio Window for the Detection of Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos off the Moon  

E-print Network

When high-energy cosmic rays impinge on a dense dielectric medium, radio waves are produced through the Askaryan effect. We show that at wavelengths comparable to the length of the shower produced by an Ultra-High Energy cosmic ray or neutrino, radio signals are an extremely efficient way to detect these particles. Through an example it is shown that this new approach offers, for the first time, the realistic possibility of measuring UHE neutrino fluxes below the Waxman-Bahcall limit. It is shown that in only one month of observing with the upcoming LOFAR radio telescope, cosmic-ray events can be measured beyond the GZK-limit, at a sensitivity level of two orders of magnitude below the extrapolated values.

O. Scholten; J. Bacelar; R. Braun; A. G. de Bruyn; H. Falcke; B. Stappers; R. G. Strom

2005-08-26

57

Scintillator Cosmic Ray Super Telescope  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Scintillator Cosmic Ray Super Telescope (SciCRST) is a new experiment to detect solar neutrons, and also it is expected to work as a muon and cosmic ray detector. The SciCRST consist of 14,848 plastic scintillator bars, and it will be installed at the top of Sierra Negra volcano, Mexico, 4580 m.a.s.l. We use a prototype, called as miniSciBar, to test the hardware and software of the final experiment. In this paper, we present the status and details of the experiment, and results of the prototype.

González, L. X.; Valdés-Galicia, J. F.; Matsubara, Y.; Nagai, Y.; Itow, Y.; Sako, T.; López, D.; Mitsuka, G.; Munakata, K.; Kato, C.; Yasue, S.; Kosai, M.; Tsurusashi, M.; Nakamo, Y.; Shibata, S.; Takamaru, H.; Kojima, H.; Tsuchiya, H.; Watanabe, K.; Koi, T.; Fragoso, E.; Hurtado, A.; Musalem, O.

2013-04-01

58

Direction identification in radio images of cosmic-ray air showers detected with LOPES and KASCADE  

E-print Network

AIMS: We want to understand the emission mechanism of radio emission from air showers to determine the origin of high-energy cosmic rays. Therefore, we study the geometry of the air shower radio emission measured with LOPES and search for systematic effects between the direction determined on the radio signal and the direction provided by the particle detector array KASCADE. METHODS: We produce 4D radio images on time-scales of nanoseconds using digital beam-forming. Each pixel of the image is calculated for three spatial dimensions and as a function of time. The third spatial dimension is obtained by calculating the beam focus for a range of curvature radii fitted to the signal wave front. We search this multi-dimensional parameter space for the direction of maximum coherence of the air shower radio signal and compare it to the direction provided by KASCADE. RESULTS: The maximum radio emission of air showers is obtained for curvature radii being larger than 3 km. We find that the direction of the emission maximum can change when optimizing the curvature radius. Furthermore, we find a tentative increase of the curvature radius to lower elevations, where the air showers pass through a larger atmospheric depth. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the angular resolution of LOPES is sufficient to determine the direction which maximizes the observed electric field amplitude. However, the statistical uncertainty of the directions is not determined by the resolution of LOPES, but by the uncertainty of the curvature radius. We do not find any systematic deviation between the directions determined from the radio signal and from the detected particles. This result places a strong supportive argument for the use of the radio technique to study the origin of high-energy cosmic rays.

A. Nigl

2008-09-16

59

Cosmic ray fluctuations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As a result of numerous experiments and calculations (1978-2011) is elaborated the method of short-term prediction and diagnostics of shock waves by means of ground-based observations of cosmic-ray scintillations. It is shown that high-frequency scintillations with periods of the order of 10-20 and 40-50 min are most sensitive to interplanetary medium disturbances near the Earth (a few hours before the arrival of the perturbation to the Earth). Found that the fluctuations in the cosmic rays are associated with large-scale disturbances of the interplanetary magnetic field - "magnetic plugs". A comparison between the theoretical and experimental estimates has demonstrated an important role of the cosmic ray anisotropy spectrum in the generation of the power spectrum as the latter is rearranged before the interplanetary medium disturbances.t; t;

Libin, I.

2013-05-01

60

Cosmic ray strangelets  

E-print Network

Searching for strangelets in cosmic rays may be the best way to test the possible stability of strange quark matter. I review calculations of the astrophysical strangelet flux in the GV--TV rigidity range, which will be investigated from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) on the International Space Station, and discuss the merits of strangelets as ultra-high energy cosmic rays at EeV--ZeV energies, beyond the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin cutoff. I also address some ``counter-arguments'' sometimes raised against the possibility of stable strangelets. It will be argued that stability of strange quark matter remains a viable possibility, which must be tested by experiments.

Jes Madsen

2004-11-22

61

Cosmic reionization by primordial cosmic rays  

E-print Network

After the so-called cosmic recombination, the expanding universe entered into a period of darkness since most of the matter was in a neutral state. About a billion years later, however, the intergalactic space was once again ionized. The process, known as the cosmic reionization, required the operation of mechanisms that are not well understood. Among other ionizing sources, Population III stars, mini-quasars, and X-ray emitting microquasars have been invoked. In this article we propose that primordial cosmic rays, accelerated at the termination points of the jets of the first microquasars, may have contributed to the reionization of the intergalactic space as well. For this we quantify the ionization power of cosmic rays (electrons and protons) in the primordial intergalactic medium using extensive particle cascade simulations. We establish that, depending on the fraction of electrons to protons accelerated in the microquasar jets, cosmic rays should have contributed to the reionization of the primordial int...

Tueros, Matias; Romero, Gustavo Esteban

2014-01-01

62

A Bayesian analysis of the 27 highest energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is possible that ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) are generated by active galactic nuclei (AGNs), but there is currently no conclusive evidence for this hypothesis. Several reports of correlations between the arrival directions of UHECRs and the positions of nearby AGNs have been made, the strongest detection coming from a sample of 27 UHECRs detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory (PAO). However, the PAO results were based on a statistical methodology that not only ignored some relevant information (most obviously the UHECR arrival energies, but also some of the information in the arrival directions), but also involved some problematic fine-tuning of the correlation parameters. Here we present a fully Bayesian analysis of the PAO data (collected before 2007 September), which makes use of more of the available information, and find that a fraction FAGN= 0.15+0.10-0.07 of the UHECRs originate from known AGNs in the Veron-Cetty and Veron (VCV) catalogue. The hypothesis that all the UHECRs come from VCV AGNs is ruled out, although there remains a small possibility that the PAO-AGN correlation is coincidental (FAGN= 0.15 is 200 times as probable as FAGN= 0.00).

Watson, Laura J.; Mortlock, Daniel J.; Jaffe, Andrew H.

2011-11-01

63

Galactic cosmic rays and nucleosynthesis  

SciTech Connect

The nucleosynthesis of the light elements Li, Be and B by galactic cosmic rays is presented. Observations of cosmic rays and the nuclear reactions responsible for Li, Be and B nucleosynthesis are described, followed by some words on propagation. At the end, some open questions concerning galactic cosmic rays are discussed.

Kiener, Juergen [CSNSM, CNRS-IN2P3 and Universite Paris-Sud, Bat. 104-108, 91405 Orsay Campus (France)

2010-03-01

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In Search of Cosmic Rays  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The authors discuss the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project (CROP), focusing on their high school's participation in the project. Students build and monitor cosmic ray detectors to count and study cosmic rays and to determine whether or not the time of day inf

Streich, Derek; Antonelli, Jamie; Liebl, Michael; Mahoney, Sean

2001-11-01

65

Cosmic reionization by primordial cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Context. After the so-called cosmic recombination, the expanding universe entered into a period of darkness since most of the matter was in a neutral state. About a billion years later, however, the intergalactic space was once again ionized. The process, known as the cosmic reionization, required the operation of mechanisms that are not well understood. Among other ionizing sources, Population III stars, mini-quasars, and X-ray emitting microquasars have been invoked. Aims: We propose that primordial cosmic rays, accelerated at the termination points of the jets of the first microquasars, may have contributed to the reionization of the intergalactic space as well. Methods: We quantify the ionization power of cosmic rays (electrons and protons) in the primordial intergalactic medium. This power is calculated using extensive particle cascade simulations. Results: We establish that, depending on the fraction of electrons to protons accelerated in the microquasar jets, cosmic rays should have contributed to the reionization of the primordial intergalactic medium as much as X-rays from microquasar accretion disks. If the primordial magnetic field was of the order of 10-17 G, as some models suggest, cosmic rays had an important role in ionizing the neutral material far beyond the birth places of the first stars.

Tueros, M.; del Valle, M. V.; Romero, G. E.

2014-10-01

66

Concept and Analysis of a Satellite for Space-Based Radio Detection of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present a concept for on-orbit radio detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) that has the potential to provide collection rates of ~100 events per year for energies above 10^20 eV. The synoptic wideband orbiting radio detector (SWORD) mission's high event statistics at these energies combined with the pointing capabilities of a space-borne antenna array could enable charged particle astronomy. The detector concept is based on ANITA's successful detection UHECRs where the geosynchrotron radio signal produced by the extended air shower is reflected off the Earth's surface and detected in flight.

Romero-Wolf, Andrew; Gorham, P.; Booth, J.; Chen, P.; Duren, R. M.; Liewer, K.; Nam, J.; Saltzberg, D.; Schoorlemmer, H.; Wissel, S.; Zairfian, P.

2014-01-01

67

Cosmic Rays: "A Thin Rain of Charged Particles."  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discussed are balloons and electroscopes, understanding cosmic rays, cosmic ray paths, isotopes and cosmic-ray travel, sources of cosmic rays, and accelerating cosmic rays. Some of the history of the discovery and study of cosmic rays is presented. (CW)

Friedlander, Michael

1990-01-01

68

Cosmic Ray research in Armenia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic Ray research on Mt. Aragats began in 1934 with the measurements of East-West anisotropy by the group from Leningrad Physics-Technical Institute and Norair Kocharian from Yerevan State University. Stimulated by the results of their experiments in 1942 Artem and Abraham Alikhanyan brothers organized a scientific expedition to Aragats. Since that time physicists were studying Cosmic Ray fluxes on Mt. Aragats with various particle detectors: mass spectrometers, calorimeters, transition radiation detectors, and huge particle detector arrays detecting protons and nuclei accelerated in most violent explosions in Galaxy. Latest activities at Mt. Aragats include Space Weather research with networks of particle detectors located in Armenia and abroad, and detectors of Space Education center in Yerevan.

Chilingarian, A.; Mirzoyan, R.; Zazyan, M.

2009-11-01

69

Cosmic Necklaces and Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays  

SciTech Connect

Cosmic necklaces are hybrid topological defects consisting of monopoles and strings, with two strings attached to each monopole. We argue that the cosmological evolution of necklaces may significantly differ from that of cosmic strings. The typical velocity of necklaces can be much smaller than the speed of light, and the characteristic scale of the network much smaller than the horizon. We estimate the flux of high-energy protons produced by monopole annihilation in the decaying closed loops. For some reasonable values of the parameters it is comparable to the observed flux of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

Berezinsky, V. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, 67010 Assergi (Antarctica) (Italy)] [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, 67010 Assergi (Antarctica) (Italy); Vilenkin, A. [Institute of Cosmology, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 02155 (United States)] [Institute of Cosmology, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 02155 (United States)

1997-12-01

70

Do cosmic rays drive jets?  

E-print Network

A sudden release of high energy cosmic rays at the centre of a wind sustaining a spiral magnetic field produces cavities of low density and low magnetic field along the axis. The trajectories of high energy cosmic rays are focussed onto the axis, and lower energy cosmic rays and thermal plasma can escape through the cavities. This may explain the jets often seen in accretion systems and elsewhere.

A. R. Bell

2005-07-21

71

Cosmic Rays and Climate Change  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A survey is made of the evidence for and against the hypothesis that cosmic rays affect cloud cover and thereby surface temperature. The analysis is made for the troposphere in the main and it includes correlations of cloud cover with cosmic ray intensity, Forbush decreases, cosmic ray short period increases and eleven year changes; also included are the electrical effects associated with cosmic rays. A complementary study comprises a search for extra cloud cover associated with terrestrial radon emissions, the Chernobyl accident and nuclear bomb tests. It is concluded that the best estimate of the fraction of (low) cloud cover attributable to a 2% change in cosmic ray intensity is about 0.02%. Insofar as the maximum change in average cosmic ray intensity over the last 50 years is about 0.2%, no more than 0.01% of cloud cover change in this period can have been caused by cosmic rays; their contribution to Global Warming is thus considered to be negligible. Not surprisingly, we find that the effect of cosmic rays on stratospheric cloud is bigger, by a factor of at least ten. In both the troposphere and the stratosphere the cosmic ray effects at the Poles are bigger than average.

Erlykin, A. D.; Laken, B. A.; Sloan, T.; Wolfendale, A. W.

2010-09-01

72

Cosmic Rays from Cosmic Strings with Condensates  

E-print Network

We re-visit the production of cosmic rays by cusps on cosmic strings. If a scalar field (``Higgs'') has a linear interaction with the string world-sheet, such as would occur if there is a bosonic condensate on the string, cusps on string loops emit narrow beams of very high energy Higgses which then decay to give a flux of ultra high energy cosmic rays. The ultra-high energy flux and the gamma to proton ratio agree with observations if the string scale is $\\sim 10^{13}$ GeV. The diffuse gamma ray and proton fluxes are well below current bounds. Strings that are {\\it lighter} and have linear interactions with scalars produce an excess of direct and diffuse cosmic rays and are ruled out by observations, while heavier strings ($\\sim 10^{15}$ GeV) are constrained by their gravitational signatures. This leaves a narrow window of parameter space for the existence of cosmic strings with bosonic condensates.

Tanmay Vachaspati

2009-11-13

73

Antiprotons in cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Recent experimental observations and results are discussed. It was found that the approximately 50 antiprotons collected in balloon experiments to date have generated considerable theoretical interest. Clearly, confirmatory experiments and measurements over an extended energy range are required before definite conclusions are drawn. Antiproton measurements have a bearing on astrophysical problems ranging from cosmic ray propagation to issues of cosmological import. The next generation of balloon experiments and the Particle Astrophysics Magnet Facility being discussed for operation on NASA's space station should provide data and insights of highest interest.

Balasubrahmanyan, V. K.; Ormes, J. F.; Streitmatter, R. E.

1987-01-01

74

Overview of the High Resolution Fly's Eye Cosmic Ray Observatory  

Microsoft Academic Search

The High Resolution (HiRes) Fly's Eye cosmic ray observatory is used to detect and study the highest energy particles. The HiRes detector utilizes the atmosphere as a calorimeter to perform measurements of the energies of the primary cosmic rays as well as determine the energy spectrum and composition of cosmic rays and search for anisotropy in arrival direction. A description

Gregory C. Archbold; R. Abassi; T. Abu-Zayyad; K. Belov; Z. Cao; S. Christopherson; A. Everett; R. Gray; B. F. Jones; C. C. H. Jui; D. B. Kieda; K. Kim; E. C. Loh; K. Martens; J. N. Matthews; J. Meyer; S. A. Moore; A. Moosman; P. Morrison; R. Mumford; K. Reil; R. Riehle; J. D. Smith; P. Sokolsky; R. W. Springer; B. Stokes; S. B. Thomas; L. Wienke; T. Vanderveen; A. Yates; J. Bellido; B. R. Dawson; R. W. Clay; K. Simpson; J. Boyer; Y. Ho; B. Knapp; W. Lee; E. J. Mannel; M. Seman; C. Song; S. Westerhoff; X. Zhang; J. Belz; B. D. Dieterle; G. Martin; J. A. J. Matthews; S. Riley; D. Bergman; W. Hanlon; G. Thompson; N. Manago; M. Sasaki; M. Sasano; M. Teshima; M. Chikawa

2000-01-01

75

The Origin of Cosmic Rays  

SciTech Connect

Cosmic Rays reach the Earth from space with energies of up to more than 1020 eV, carrying information on the most powerful particle accelerators that Nature has been able to assemble. Understanding where and how cosmic rays originate has required almost one century of investigations, and, although the last word is not written yet, recent observations and theory seem now to fit together to provide us with a global picture of the origin of cosmic rays of unprecedented clarity. Here we will describe what we learned from recent observations of astrophysical sources (such as supernova remnants and active galaxies) and we will illustrate what these observations tell us about the physics of particle acceleration and transport. We will also discuss the 'end' of the Galactic cosmic ray spectrum, which bridges out attention towards the so called ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs). At {approx}1020 eV the gyration scale of cosmic rays in cosmic magnetic fields becomes large enough to allow us to point back to their sources, thereby allowing us to perform 'cosmic ray astronomy', as confirmed by the recent results obtained with the Pierre Auger Observatory. We will discuss the implications of these observations for the understanding of UHECRs, as well as some questions which will likely remain unanswered and will be the target of the next generation of cosmic ray experiments.

Blasi, Pasquale (INAF/Arcetri-Italy and Fermilab) [INAF/Arcetri-Italy and Fermilab

2008-02-20

76

The Origin of Cosmic Rays  

SciTech Connect

Cosmic Rays reach the Earth from space with energies of up to more than 1020 eV, carrying information on the most powerful particle accelerators that Nature has been able to assemble. Understanding where and how cosmic rays originate has required almost one century of investigations, and, although the last word is not written yet, recent observations and theory seem now to fit together to provide us with a global picture of the origin of cosmic rays of unprecedented clarity. Here we will describe what we learned from recent observations of astrophysical sources (such as supernova remnants and active galaxies) and we will illustrate what these observations tell us about the physics of particle acceleration and transport. We will also discuss the “end” of the Galactic cosmic ray spectrum, which bridges out attention towards the so called ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs). At ~1020 eV the gyration scale of cosmic rays in cosmic magnetic fields becomes large enough to allow us to point back to their sources, thereby allowing us to perform “cosmic ray astronomy”, as confirmed by the recent results obtained with the Pierre Auger Observatory. We will discuss the implications of these observations for the understanding of UHECRs, as well as some questions which will likely remain unanswered and will be the target of the next generation of cosmic ray experiments.

Pasquale Blasi

2008-02-20

77

The Origin of Cosmic Rays  

ScienceCinema

Cosmic Rays reach the Earth from space with energies of up to more than 1020 eV, carrying information on the most powerful particle accelerators that Nature has been able to assemble. Understanding where and how cosmic rays originate has required almost one century of investigations, and, although the last word is not written yet, recent observations and theory seem now to fit together to provide us with a global picture of the origin of cosmic rays of unprecedented clarity. Here we will describe what we learned from recent observations of astrophysical sources (such as supernova remnants and active galaxies) and we will illustrate what these observations tell us about the physics of particle acceleration and transport. We will also discuss the ?end? of the Galactic cosmic ray spectrum, which bridges out attention towards the so called ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs). At ~1020 eV the gyration scale of cosmic rays in cosmic magnetic fields becomes large enough to allow us to point back to their sources, thereby allowing us to perform ?cosmic ray astronomy?, as confirmed by the recent results obtained with the Pierre Auger Observatory. We will discuss the implications of these observations for the understanding of UHECRs, as well as some questions which will likely remain unanswered and will be the target of the next generation of cosmic ray experiments.

Pasquale Blasi

2010-01-08

78

Cosmic Ray Positrons from Cosmic Strings  

E-print Network

We study the spectrum of cosmic ray positrons produced by a scaling distribution of non-superconducting cosmic strings. In this scenario, the positrons are produced from the jets which form from the cosmic string cusp annihilation process. The spectral shape is a robust feature of our scenario, and is in good agreement with the results from the recent PAMELA and ATIC experiments. In particular, the model predicts a sharp upper cutoff in the spectrum, and a flux which rises as the upper cutoff is approached. The energy at which the flux peaks is determined by the initial jet energy. The amplitude of the flux can be adjusted by changing the cosmic string tension and also depends on the cusp annihilation efficiency.

Robert Brandenberger; Yi-Fu Cai; Wei Xue; Xinmin Zhang

2009-01-22

79

Detecting Low-Contrast Features in the Cosmic Ray Albedo Proton Yield Map of the Moon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High energy cosmic rays constantly bombard the lunar regolith, producing (via nuclear evaporation[1]) secondary 'albedo' or 'splash' particles like protons and neutrons, some of which escape back to space. Lunar Prospector and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have shown that the energy distribution of albedo neutrons is modulated by the elemental composition of the lunar regolith[2-5], and by ice deposits[6] in permanently shadowed polar craters. Here we investigate an analogous phenomenon with high energy lunar albedo protons. Using the CRaTER instrument (Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation) on LRO, we measure albedo protons (60 to 150 MeV) to construct a cosmic ray albedo proton map of the Moon. Our current map is a significant improvement over the proof-of-concept map of Wilson et al.[7]. In addition to using more numerous minimum ionizing GCR protons for normalization, we filter out all solar particle enhancement periods and make use of all six of CRaTER's detectors to reduce contamination from spurious non-proton events in the data stream. The average yield of albedo protons from the maria is 0.8% × 0.4% higher than the yield from the highlands. In addition there appear to be localized peaks in the albedo proton yield that are co-located with peaks in trace elemental abundances as measured by the Lunar Prospector Gamma Ray Spectrometer. More data may reveal subtler proton yield variations correlated with latitude, time of day, or the locations of permanently shadowed craters, due to the presence of water frost. Given that the most obvious features in the map have a proton yield only 2? above average, the search for more subtle regions of enhancement or reduction in proton yield will require precise corrections for small but systematic effects of time and spacecraft altitude on the apparent proton yield. We will show the effects of these trends as well as the latest version of the albedo proton map. References: [1] Bethe (1937) Rev. Mod. Phys., 9, 69. [2] Feldman W. C. et al. (1998) Science, 281, 1496-1500. [3] Gasnault, O. et al. (2001) GRL, 28, 3797-3800. [4] Maurice, S. et al. (2004) JGR, 109, E07S04. [5] Mitrofanov I. G. et al. (2010) Science, 330, 483-486. [6] Feldman W. C. et al. (1997) JGR, 102, 25565-25574. [7] Wilson, J. K. et al. (2012) JGR, 117, E00H23. Figure 1. Top: Color-coded lunar albedo proton map, with two high-yielding mare regions labeled 'A' and 'B'. Bottom: Clementine white-light mosaic of lunar surface.

Wilson, J. K.; Schwadron, N.; Spence, H.; Smith, S. S.; Golightly, M. J.; Case, A. W.; Stubbs, T. J.; Blake, J. B.; Kasper, J. C.; Looper, M. D.; Mazur, J. E.; Townsend, L. W.; Zeitlin, C. J.

2013-12-01

80

Gamma Ray Bursts from Ordinary Cosmic Strings  

E-print Network

We give an upper estimate for the number of gamma ray bursts from ordinary (non-superconducting) cosmic strings expected to be observed at terrestrial detectors. Assuming that cusp annihilation is the mechanism responsible for the bursts we consider strings arising at a GUT phase transition and compare our estimate with the recent BATSE results. Further we give a lower limit for the effective area of future detectors designed to detect the cosmic string induced flux of gamma ray bursts.

R. H. Brandenberger; A. T. Sornborger; M. Trodden

1993-02-12

81

Cosmic-Rays and Gamma Ray Bursts  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic-rays are subatomic particles of energies ranging between a few eV to hundreds of TeV. These particles register a power-law spectrum, and it seems that most of them originate from astrophysical galactic and extragalactic sources. The shock acceleration in superalfvenic astrophysical plasmas, is believed to be the main mechanism responsible for the production of the non-thermal cosmic-rays. Especially, the importance of the very high energy cosmic-ray acceleration, with its consequent gamma-ray radiation and neutrino production in the shocks of the relativistic jets of Gamma Ray Bursts, is a favourable theme of study. I will discuss the cosmic-ray shock acceleration mechanism particularly focusing on simulation studies of cosmic-ray acceleration occurring in the relativistic shocks of GRB jets.

Meli, A.

2013-07-01

82

Cosmic ray He3 measurements  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Cosmic ray 3He/4H3 observations, including a new measurement at approximately 65 MeV/nucleon from ISEE-3, are compared with interstellar propagation and solar modulation models in an effort to understand the origin of cosmic ray He nuclei.

Mewaldt, R. A.

1985-01-01

83

Cosmic Rays, Clouds, and Climate  

Microsoft Academic Search

It has been proposed that Earth's climate could be affected by changes in cloudiness caused by variations in the intensity of galactic cosmic rays in the atmosphere. This proposal stems from an observed correlation between cosmic ray intensity and Earth's average cloud cover over the course of one solar cycle. Some scientists question the reliability of the observations, whereas others,

K. S. Carslaw; R. G. Harrison; J. Kirkby

2002-01-01

84

Testing Galactic Cosmic Ray Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Models of the Galactic Cosmic Ray Environment are used for designing and planning space missions. The exising models will be reviewed. Spectral representations from these models will be compared with measurements of galactic cosmic ray spectra made on balloon flights and satellite flights over a period of more than 50 years.

Adams, James H., Jr.

2010-01-01

85

Testing Galactic Cosmic Ray Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Models of the Galactic Cosmic Ray Environment are used for designing and planning space missions. The existing models will be reviewed. Spectral representations from these models will be compared with measurements of galactic cosmic ray spectra made on balloon flights and satellite flights over a period of more than 50 years.

Adams, James H., Jr.

2009-01-01

86

Superbubbles and Local Cosmic Rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We consider the possibility that distinctive features of the local cosmic ray spectra and composition are influenced by the Solar system being embedded within the cavity of an ancient superbubble. Shifts in the measured cosmic ray composition between 10(exp 11) and 10(exp 20) eV as well as the "knee" and "second knee" may be understood in this picture.

Streitmatter, Robert E.; Jones, Frank C.

2005-01-01

87

Theory of cosmic ray variations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The initial anisotropic and isotropic spaces of solar cosmic ray spreading in interplanetary space are compared with the results of direct observations in the region adjacent to the earth's orbit and with the results of explorations of the eleven-year and twenty-seven-day variations of the cosmic rays in more distant regions.

Dorman, L. I.

1975-01-01

88

Gamma rays, cosmic rays, and galactic structure  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Observations of cosmic and gamma radiation by SAS-2 satellite are summarized and analyzed to determine processes responsible for producing observed galactic radiation. In addition to the production of gamma rays in discrete galactic objects such as pulsars, there are three main mechanisms by which high-energy (greater than 100 MeV) radiation is produced by high-energy interactions involving cosmic rays in interstellar space. These processes, which produce what may be called diffuse galactic gamma-rays, are: (1) the decay of pi mesons produced by interactions of cosmic ray nucleons with interstellar gas nuclei; (2) the bremsstrahlung radiation produced by cosmic ray electrons interacting in the Coulomb fields of nuclei of interstellar gas atoms; and (3) Compton interactions between cosmic ray electrons and low-energy photons in interstellar space.

Stecker, F. W.

1977-01-01

89

An Optimization of the FPGA Based Wavelet Trigger in Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

Experiments that observe coherent radio emission from extensive air showers induced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays are designed for a detailed study of the development of the electromagnetic part of air showers. Radio detectors can operate with 100% up time as e.g. surface detectors based on water-Cherenkov tanks. They are being developed for ground-based experiments (e.g. the Pierre Auger Observatory) as another type of air shower detector in addition to the fluorescence detectors, which operate with only ~10% of duty in dark nights. The radio signals from air showers are caused by the coherent emission due to geomagnetic radiation and charge excess processes. Currently used self-triggers in radio detectors often generate a dense stream of data, which is analyzed afterwards. Huge amounts of registered data requires a significant man-power for the off-line analysis. An improvement of the trigger efficiency becomes a relevant factor. In this work, Morlet wavelets with various scaling factors were used for an analysis of real data from the Auger Engineering Radio Array and for an optimization of the utilization of the resources in an FPGA. The wavelet analysis showed that the power of events is concentrated mostly in a limited range of the frequency spectrum (consistent with a range imposed by the input analog band-pass filter). However, we found several events with suspicious spectral characteristics, where the signal power is spread over the full band-width sampled by a 200 MHz digitizer with significant contribution of very high and very low frequencies. These events may not origin from cosmic ray showers but can be human-made contaminations. The engine of the wavelet analysis can be implemented into the modern powerful FPGA and can remove suspicious events on-line to reduce the trigger rate.

Zbigniew Szadkowski for the Pierre Auger Collaboration

2014-06-04

90

The highest-energy cosmic rays  

E-print Network

This paper begins with a pedagogical discussion of the propagation of cosmic rays and the showers produced when a cosmic ray primary hits the upper atmosphere. The paper focusses cosmic rays, with energy > 10^19 eV. Emphasis is placed on the shower properties that are relevant to the detection of cosmic rays by surface arrays and fluorescence telescopes. The two major experiments, AGASA and HiRes are described in some detail. Then the experimental results are reviewed. It is no surprise that more data will be needed. But it is also true that improved analysis and further data from HiRes can make significant improvements in the experimental situation.

James W. Cronin

2004-02-20

91

Analysis of the hadronic energy spectrum in high-energy cosmic-ray families detected by emulsion chambers  

SciTech Connect

We analyze the hadronic energy spectrum for cosmic-ray families detected by emulsion chambers in the high-energy region, by means of the solution of diffusion equations for the hadronic cascade induced by one single nucleon in the atmosphere, assuming three different models for the energy distribution function in multiple pion production. We describe the experimental data for the energy of three high-energy families detected in emulsion chamber of Brazil-Japan Colloboration (BJC) at Mt. Chacaltaya and of two families detected by Pamir Collaboration (PC). We look also for consistency of the rapidity-density distribution, obtained for the different hypotheses for multiple pion production above, with accelerator data in the ISR and Collider regions. Finally, the Models are analysed with respect to the energy dependence of the mean inelasticity.

Bellandi, J.; Costa, C.G.S.; Covolan, R.J.M.; Dobrigkeit, C.; Guzzo, M.M.; Mundim, L.M. (Departamento de Raios Cosmicos e Cronologia, IFGW Unicamp, C. Postal 6165, Campinas, SP 13081-970 (Brazil))

1993-06-15

92

A Bayesian self-clustering analysis of the highest energy cosmic rays detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic rays are protons and atomic nuclei that flow into our Solar system and reach the Earth with energies of up to ˜1021 eV. The sources of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) with E ? 1019 eV remain unknown, although there are theoretical reasons to think that at least some come from active galactic nuclei (AGNs). One way to assess the different hypotheses is by analysing the arrival directions of UHECRs, in particular their self-clustering. We have developed a fully Bayesian approach to analysing the self-clustering of points on the sphere, which we apply to the UHECR arrival directions. The analysis is based on a multistep approach that enables the application of Bayesian model comparison to cases with weak prior information. We have applied this approach to the 69 highest energy events recorded by the Pierre Auger Observatory, which is the largest current UHECR data set. We do not detect self-clustering, but simulations show that this is consistent with the AGN-sourced model for a data set of this size. Data sets of several hundred UHECRs would be sufficient to detect clustering in the AGN model. Samples of this magnitude are expected to be produced by future experiments, such as the Japanese Experiment Module Extreme Universe Space Observatory.

Khanin, Alexander; Mortlock, Daniel J.

2014-10-01

93

Cosmic rays in the heliosphere  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The different types of cosmic ray particles and their role in the heliosphere are briefly described. The rates of various energetic particles were examined as a function of time and used to derive various differential energy gradients. The Pioneer and Voyager cosmic ray observations throughout the heliosphere are indeed giving a perspective on the three-dimensional character and size of the heliosphere. Most clearly the observations are emphasizing the role that transient variations in the outer heliosphere, and most likely the heliospheric boundary shock, play in the 11 year solar cycle modulation of cosmic rays.

Webber, William R.

1987-01-01

94

On the origin of Galactic cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The review of theoretical aspects of cosmic ray acceleration and transport in the Galaxy. The model of cosmic ray origin in supernova remnants, the interpretation of Voyager data on low energy cosmic rays, the structure of “knee” in cosmic ray spectrum, and the energy limit of Galactic sources are discussed.

Ptuskin, Vladimir

95

Cosmic rays are on the air Studying the properties of radio signals from cosmic-ray  

E-print Network

Cosmic rays are on the air Studying the properties of radio signals from cosmic-ray induced air showers #12;#12;Cosmic rays are on the air Studying the properties of radio signals from cosmic-ray;#12;Contents 1 Introduction 1 1.1 Discovery of cosmic rays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1

van Suijlekom, Walter

96

28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 4041 Long-Term Cosmic Ray Intensities: Physical Reconstruc-  

E-print Network

28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 4041 Long-Term Cosmic Ray Intensities: Physical Reconstruc of galactic cosmic rays at the Earth's orbit since 1610. The calculated cosmic ray integral intensity of cosmic ray intensity at 1 AU. The reconstruction is based on a combination of the solar magnetic flux

Usoskin, Ilya G.

97

An Optimization of the FPGA Based Wavelet Trigger in Radio Detection of Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

Experiments that observe coherent radio emission from extensive air showers induced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays are designed for a detailed study of the development of the electromagnetic part of air showers. Radio detectors can operate with 100% up time as e.g. surface detectors based on water-Cherenkov tanks. They are being developed for ground-based experiments (e.g. the Pierre Auger Observatory) as another type of air shower detector in addition to the fluorescence detectors, which operate with only ~10% of duty in dark nights. The radio signals from air showers are caused by the coherent emission due to geomagnetic radiation and charge excess processes. Currently used self-triggers in radio detectors often generate a dense stream of data, which is analyzed afterwards. Huge amounts of registered data requires a significant man-power for the off-line analysis. An improvement of the trigger efficiency becomes a relevant factor. In this work, Morlet wavelets with various scaling factors were used for an...

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2014-01-01

98

Cosmic Rays and Global Warming  

E-print Network

It has been claimed by others that observed temporal correlations of terrestrial cloud cover with `the cosmic ray intensity' are causal. The possibility arises, therefore, of a connection between cosmic rays and Global Warming. If true, the implications would be very great. We have examined this claim to look for evidence to corroborate it. So far we have not found any and so our tentative conclusions are to doubt it. Such correlations as appear are more likely to be due to the small variations in solar irradiance, which, of course, correlate with cosmic rays. We estimate that less than 15% of the 11-year cycle warming variations are due to cosmic rays and less than 2% of the warming over the last 35 years is due to this cause.

T. Sloan; A W Wolfendale

2007-06-28

99

Models for cosmic ray interactions  

E-print Network

Contemporary models of hadronic interactions are reviewed. Basic phenomenological approaches are compared, with an emphasizes on the predicted air shower characteristics. Special attention is payed to the remaining discrepancies between present hadronic MC generators and cosmic ray data. Finally, future prospects concerning model improvements are discussed, in particular, regarding the possibilities to discriminate between different models on the basis of accelerator or cosmic ray measurements.

S. Ostapchenko

2006-01-27

100

Anomalous cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Anomalous cosmic rays (ACRs) first started showing up in observations 40 years ago. Within a few years a paradigm was developed to explain their origin: they begin their life as interstellar neutral atoms that drift into the heliosphere, become singly ionized by chargeexchange with a solar wind ion or by photoionization, are picked up by the expanding solar wind, and accelerated to the observed energies by diffusive shock acceleration at the solar wind termination shock. This paradigm became widely accepted and withstood the tests of further observations until 16 December 2004, when Voyager 1 crossed the termination shock and didn't find their source. In August 2007, Voyager 2 crossed the termination shock and also did not find the source location of ACRs. Clearly, the source location was not at the termination shock where the two Voyagers crossed. Alternative models have been proposed with acceleration elsewhere on the shock or by other acceleration processes in the heliosheath. We discuss the latest observations of ACRs from the Voyager spacecraft and hopefully shed more light on this ongoing puzzle.

Cummings, Alan C.; Stone, Edward C.

2013-02-01

101

Galactic Cosmic Rays: From Earth to Sources  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

For nearly 100 years we have known that cosmic rays come from outer space, yet proof of their origin, as well as a comprehensive understanding of their acceleration, remains elusive. Direct detection of high energy (up to 10(exp 15)eV), charged nuclei with experiments such as the balloon-born, antarctic Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER) have provided insight into these mysteries through measurements of cosmic ray abundances. The abundance of these rare elements with respect to certain intrinsic properties suggests that cosmic rays include a component of massive star ejecta. Supernovae and their remnants (SNe & SNRs), often occurring at the end of a massive star's life or in an environment including massive star material, are one of the most likely candidates for sources accelerating galactic comic ray nuclei up to the requisite high energies. The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Large Area Detector (Fermi LAT) has improved our understanding of such sources by widening the window of observable energies and thus into potential sources' energetic processes. In combination with multiwavelength observations, we are now better able to constrain particle populations (often hadron-dominated at GeV energies) and environmental conditions, such as the magnetic field strength. The SNR CTB 37A is one such source which could contribute to the observed galactic cosmic rays. By assembling populations of SNRs, we will be able to more definitively define their contribution to the observed galactic cosmic rays, as well as better understand SNRs themselves. Such multimessenger studies will thus illuminate the long-standing cosmic ray mysteries, shedding light on potential sources, acceleration mechanisms, and cosmic ray propagation.

Brandt, Theresa J.

2012-01-01

102

Cosmic-Ray Observations with HAWC30  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory is a TeV gamma-ray and cosmic-ray detector currently under construction at an altitude of 4100 meters on the slope of Volc'an Sierra Negra near Puebla, Mexico. HAWC is an extensive air-shower array comprising 300 optically-isolated water Cherenkov detectors. Each detector contains 200,000 liters of filtered water and four upward-facing photomultiplier tubes. Since September 2012, 30 water Cherenkov detectors have been instrumented and operated in data acquisition. With 10 percent of the detector complete and six months of operation, the event statistics are already sufficient to perform detailed studies of cosmic rays observed at the site. We will report on cosmic-ray observations with HAWC30, in particular the detection and study of the shadow of the moon. From these observations, we infer the pointing accuracy of the detector and our angular resolution of the detector reconstruction.

Fiorino, Daniel

2013-04-01

103

Gamma Ray Astronomy and the Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

Diffusive shock acceleration operating at expanding supernova remnant shells is by far the most popular model for the origin of galactic cosmic rays. Despite the general consensus received by this model, an unambiguous and conclusive proof of the supernova remnant hypothesis is still missing. In this context, the recent developments in gamma ray astronomy provide us with precious insights into the problem of the origin of galactic cosmic rays, since production of gamma rays is expected both during the acceleration of cosmic rays at supernova remnant shocks and during their subsequent propagation in the interstellar medium. In particular, the recent detection of a number of supernova remnants at TeV energies nicely fits with the model, but it still does not constitute a conclusive proof of it, mainly due to the difficulty of disentangling the hadronic and leptonic contributions to the observed gamma ray emission. In this paper, the most relevant cosmic-ray-related results of gamma ray astronomy are briefly summarized, and the foreseeable contribution of future gamma ray observations to the final solution of the problem of cosmic ray origin is discussed.

Stefano Gabici

2008-11-05

104

Investigation of primary cosmic rays at the Moon's surface  

SciTech Connect

The possibility of experimentally studying primary cosmic rays at the Moon's surface is considered. A mathematical simulations of showers initiated in the lunar regolith by high-energy particles of primary cosmic rays is performed. It is shown that such particles can in principle be recorded by simultaneously detecting three components of backscattered radiation (secondary neutrons, gamma rays, and radio emission).

Kalmykov, N. N., E-mail: kalm@eas.sinp.msu.ru; Konstantinov, A. A. [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation)] [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation); Muhamedshin, R. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)] [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Podorozhniy, D. M.; Sveshnikova, L. G.; Turundaevskiy, A. N. [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation)] [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation); Tkachev, L. G. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)] [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation); Chubenko, A. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Institute of Physics (Russian Federation)] [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Institute of Physics (Russian Federation); Vasilyev, O. A. [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation)] [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation)

2013-01-15

105

LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTION OF ARRIVAL DIRECTIONS OF COSMIC RAYS DETECTED ABOVE 10{sup 18} eV AT THE PIERRE AUGER OBSERVATORY  

SciTech Connect

A thorough search for large-scale anisotropies in the distribution of arrival directions of cosmic rays detected above 10{sup 18} eV at the Pierre Auger Observatory is presented. This search is performed as a function of both declination and right ascension in several energy ranges above 10{sup 18} eV, and reported in terms of dipolar and quadrupolar coefficients. Within the systematic uncertainties, no significant deviation from isotropy is revealed. Assuming that any cosmic-ray anisotropy is dominated by dipole and quadrupole moments in this energy range, upper limits on their amplitudes are derived. These upper limits allow us to test the origin of cosmic rays above 10{sup 18} eV from stationary Galactic sources densely distributed in the Galactic disk and predominantly emitting light particles in all directions.

Abreu, P.; Andringa, S. [LIP and Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal); Aglietta, M. [Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (INAF), Universita di Torino and Sezione INFN, Torino (Italy); Ahlers, M. [University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Ahn, E. J. [Fermilab, Batavia, IL (United States); Albuquerque, I. F. M. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Allard, D. [Laboratoire AstroParticule et Cosmologie (APC), Universite Paris 7, CNRS-IN2P3, Paris (France); Allekotte, I. [Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro (CNEA-UNCuyo-CONICET), San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Allen, J. [New York University, New York, NY (United States); Allison, P. [Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (United States); Almela, A. [Facultad Regional Buenos Aires, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Alvarez Castillo, J. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Alvarez-Muniz, J. [Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Alves Batista, R. [IFGW, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Ambrosio, M.; Aramo, C. [Universita di Napoli 'Federico II' and Sezione INFN, Napoli (Italy); Aminaei, A. [IMAPP, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands); Anchordoqui, L. [University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (United States); Antici'c, T. [Rudjer Boskovi'c Institute, 10000 Zagreb (Croatia); Arganda, E. [IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata and CONICET, La Plata (Argentina); Collaboration: Pierre Auger Collaboration; and others

2012-12-15

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Large-scale Distribution of Arrival Directions of Cosmic Rays Detected Above 1018 eV at the Pierre Auger Observatory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A thorough search for large-scale anisotropies in the distribution of arrival directions of cosmic rays detected above 1018 eV at the Pierre Auger Observatory is presented. This search is performed as a function of both declination and right ascension in several energy ranges above 1018 eV, and reported in terms of dipolar and quadrupolar coefficients. Within the systematic uncertainties, no significant deviation from isotropy is revealed. Assuming that any cosmic-ray anisotropy is dominated by dipole and quadrupole moments in this energy range, upper limits on their amplitudes are derived. These upper limits allow us to test the origin of cosmic rays above 1018 eV from stationary Galactic sources densely distributed in the Galactic disk and predominantly emitting light particles in all directions.

Pierre Auger Collaboration; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Ahlers, M.; Ahn, E. J.; Albuquerque, I. F. M.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Almela, A.; Alvarez Castillo, J.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Alves Batista, R.; Ambrosio, M.; Aminaei, A.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anti?i'c, T.; Aramo, C.; Arganda, E.; Arqueros, F.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avenier, M.; Avila, G.; Badescu, A. M.; Balzer, M.; Barber, K. B.; Barbosa, A. F.; Bardenet, R.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Baughman, B.; Bäuml, J.; Baus, C.; Beatty, J. J.; Becker, K. H.; Bellétoile, A.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanco, F.; Blanco, M.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Bohá?ová, M.; Boncioli, D.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Borodai, N.; Brack, J.; Brancus, I.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Bruijn, R.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Buroker, L.; Burton, R. E.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Caccianiga, B.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, R.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazon, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Cheng, S. H.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chirinos Diaz, J.; Chudoba, J.; Cilmo, M.; Clay, R. W.; Cocciolo, G.; Collica, L.; Coluccia, M. R.; Conceição, R.; Contreras, F.; Cook, H.; Cooper, M. J.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Criss, A.; Cronin, J.; Curutiu, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Dallier, R.; Daniel, B.; Dasso, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Domenico, M.; De Donato, C.; de Jong, S. J.; De La Vega, G.; de Mello Junior, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; de Vries, K. D.; del Peral, L.; del Río, M.; Deligny, O.; Dembinski, H.; Dhital, N.; Di Giulio, C.; Díaz Castro, M. L.; Diep, P. N.; Diogo, F.; Dobrigkeit, C.; Docters, W.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dong, P. N.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; Dutan, I.; Ebr, J.; Engel, R.; Erdmann, M.; Escobar, C. O.; Espadanal, J.; Etchegoyen, A.; Facal San Luis, P.; Falcke, H.; Fang, K.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Ferguson, A. P.; Fick, B.; Figueira, J. M.; Filevich, A.; Filip?i?, A.; Fliescher, S.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fraenkel, E. D.; Fratu, O.; Fröhlich, U.; Fuchs, B.; Gaior, R.; Gamarra, R. F.; Gambetta, S.; García, B.; Garcia Roca, S. T.; Garcia-Gamez, D.; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Garilli, G.; Gascon Bravo, A.; Gemmeke, H.; Ghia, P. L.; Giller, M.; Gitto, J.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Gomez Albarracin, F.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Gómez Vitale, P. F.; Gonçalves, P.; Gonzalez, J. G.; Gookin, B.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Grashorn, E.; Grebe, S.; Griffith, N.; Grillo, A. F.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harrison, T. A.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hebbeker, T.; Heck, D.; Herve, A. E.; Hill, G. C.; Hojvat, C.; Hollon, N.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hörandel, J. R.; Horvath, P.; Hrabovský, M.; Huber, D.; Huege, T.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Jansen, S.; Jarne, C.; Jiraskova, S.; Josebachuili, M.; Kadija, K.; Kampert, K. H.; Karhan, P.; Kasper, P.; Katkov, I.; Kégl, B.; Keilhauer, B.; Keivani, A.; Kelley, J. L.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. O.; Kleifges, M.; Kleinfeller, J.; Knapp, J.; Koang, D.-H.; Kotera, K.; Krohm, N.; Krömer, O.; Kruppke-Hansen, D.; Kuempel, D.; Kulbartz, J. K.; Kunka, N.; La Rosa, G.; Lachaud, C.; LaHurd, D.; Latronico, L.; Lauer, R.; Lautridou, P.; Le Coz, S.; Leão, M. S. A. B.; Lebrun, D.; Lebrun, P.; Leigui de Oliveira, M. A.; Letessier-Selvon, A.; Lhenry-Yvon, I.; Link, K.; López, R.; Lopez Agüera, A.; Louedec, K.; Lozano Bahilo, J.; Lu, L.; Lucero, A.; Ludwig, M.; Lyberis, H.; Maccarone, M. C.; Macolino, C.; Maldera, S.; Maller, J.; Mandat, D.; Mantsch, P.; Mariazzi, A. G.; Marin, J.; Marin, V.; Maris, I. C.; Marquez Falcon, H. R.; Marsella, G.; Martello, D.; Martin, L.; Martinez, H.; Martínez Bravo, O.; Martraire, D.; Masías Meza, J. J.; Mathes, H. J.; Matthews, J.; Matthews, J. A. J.; Matthiae, G.; Maurel, D.; Maurizio, D.; Mazur, P. O.; Medina-Tanco, G.; Melissas, M.; Melo, D.; Menichetti, E.; Menshikov, A.; Mertsch, P.; Messina, S.; Meurer, C.; Meyhandan, R.; Mi'canovi'c, S.; Micheletti, M. I.; Minaya, I. A.; Miramonti, L.; Molina-Bueno, L.; Mollerach, S.; Monasor, M.; Monnier Ragaigne, D.; Montanet, F.; Morales, B.; Morello, C.; Moreno, E.; Moreno, J. C.; Mostafá, M.; Moura, C. A.; Muller, M. A.; Müller, G.; Münchmeyer, M.; Mussa, R.; Navarra, G.; Navarro, J. L.; Navas, S.; Necesal, P.; Nellen, L.; Nelles, A.; Neuser, J.; Nhung, P. T.; Niechciol, M.; Niemietz, L.; Nierstenhoefer, N.; Nitz, D.; Nosek, D.; Nožka, L.; Oehlschläger, J.; Olinto, A.; Ortiz, M.; Pacheco, N.; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D.; Palatka, M.; Pallotta, J.; Palmieri, N.; Parente, G.; Parizot, E.; Parra, A.; Pastor, S.; Paul, T.

2012-12-01

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CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA: Cosmic ray investigations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The history of cosmic ray research at the Lebedev Institute beginning with the first work and continuing up to now is reviewed. The milestones and main avenues of research are outlined. Pioneering studies on the nuclear cascade process in extensive air showers, investigations of the Vavilov-Cherenkov radiation, and some work on the origin of cosmic rays are discussed. Recent data on ultrahigh-energy particle detection at the Pierre Auger Observatory and the High Resolution Fly's Eye (HiRes) experiments are presented.

Zatsepin, Georgii T.; Roganova, Tat'yana M.

2009-11-01

108

Monopole annihilation and highest energy cosmic rays  

SciTech Connect

Cosmic rays with energies exceeding 10[sup 20] eV have been detected. The origin of these highest energy cosmic rays remains unknown. Established astrophysical acceleration mechanisms encounter severe difficulties in accelerating particles to these energies. Alternative scenarios where these particles are created by the decay of cosmic topological defects have been suggested in the literature. In this paper we study the possibility of producing the highest energy cosmic rays through a process that involves the formation of metastable magnetic monopole-antimonopole bound states and their subsequent collapse. The annihilation of the heavy monopole-antimonopole pairs constituting the monopolonia can produce energetic nucleons, [gamma] rays, and neutrinos whose expected flux we estimate and discuss in relation to experimental data so far available. The monopoles we consider are the ones that could be produced in the early Universe during a phase transition at the grand unification energy scale. We find that observable cosmic ray fluxes can be produced with monopole abundances compatible with present bounds.

Bhattacharjee, P. (Isaac Newton Institute, University of Cambridge, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge CB3 0EH (United Kingdom) Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Sarjapur Road, Koramangala, Bangalore 560 034 (India)); Sigl, G. (Department of Astronomy Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637-1433 (United States) NASA/Fermilab Astrophysics Center, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Illinois 60510-0500 (United States))

1995-04-15

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Catching Cosmic Rays with a DSLR  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Cosmic rays are high-energy particles from outer space that continually strike the Earth's atmosphere and produce cascades of secondary particles, which reach the surface of the Earth, mainly in the form of muons. These particles can be detected with scintillator detectors, Geiger counters, cloud chambers, and also can be recorded with commonly…

Sibbernsen, Kendra

2010-01-01

110

Compact cosmic ray detector for unattended atmospheric ionization monitoring  

SciTech Connect

Two vertical cosmic ray telescopes for atmospheric cosmic ray ionization event detection are compared. Counter A, designed for low power remote use, was deployed in the Welsh mountains; its event rate increased with altitude as expected from atmospheric cosmic ray absorption. Independently, Counter B's event rate was found to vary with incoming particle acceptance angle. Simultaneous co-located comparison of both telescopes exposed to atmospheric ionization showed a linear relationship between their event rates.

Aplin, K. L. [Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Harrison, R. G. [Meteorology Department, University of Reading, PO Box 243, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6BB (United Kingdom)

2010-12-15

111

Precision measurements of cosmic ray air showers  

E-print Network

Supplemented with suitable buffering techniques, the low-frequency part of the SKA can be used as an ultra-precise detector for cosmic-ray air showers at very high energies. This would enable a wealth of scientific applications: the physics of the transition from Galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays could be probed with very high precision mass measurements, hadronic interactions could be studied up to energies well beyond the reach of man-made particle accelerators, air shower tomography could be performed with very high spatial resolution exploiting the large instantaneous bandwidth and very uniform instantaneous $u$-$v$ coverage of SKA1-LOW, and the physics of thunderstorms and possible connections between cosmic rays and lightning initiation could be studied in unprecedented levels of detail. In this article, we describe the potential of SKA as an air shower radio detector from the perspective of existing radio detection efforts and discuss the associated technical requirements.

Huege, T; Buitink, S; Dallier, R; Ekers, R D; Falcke, H; James, C W; Martin, L; Revenu, B; Scholten, O; Schröder, F G

2014-01-01

112

Cosmic Rays from Cygnus X-3  

Microsoft Academic Search

Today many investigators adhere to the idea that cosmic rays receive all their energy from discrete sources with interstellar space acting only as a diffusive medium. An object that accelerates particles to cosmic-ray velocities will almost inevitably produce gamma rays as well. Hence, gamma rays are therefore an effective probe of the source of cosmic radiation even though they account

P. Kevin MacKeown; Trevor C. Weekes

1985-01-01

113

Cosmic Rays above the Knee  

E-print Network

An overview on the present observational status and phenomenological understanding of cosmic rays above 10^16 eV is given. Above these energies the cosmic ray flux is expected to be gradually dominated by an extra-galactic component. In order to investigate the nature of this transition, current experimental activities focus on the measurement of the cosmic ray flux and composition at the 'ankle' or 'dip' feature at several EeV. At the ultra high energy end of the spectrum, the flux suppression above 50 EeV is now well established by the measurements of HiRes and the Pierre Auger Observatory and we may enter the era of charged particle astronomy.

Michael Unger

2008-12-15

114

Cosmic Rays and Global Warming  

SciTech Connect

Some workers have claimed that the observed temporal correlations of (low level) terrestrial cloud cover with the cosmic ray intensity changes, due to solar modulation, are causal. The possibility arises, therefore, of a connection between cosmic rays and Global Warming. If true, the implications would be very great. We have examined this claim in some detail. So far, we have not found any evidence in support and so our conclusions are to doubt it. From the absence of corroborative evidence we estimate that less than 15% at the 95% confidence level, of the 11-year cycle warming variations are due to cosmic rays and less than 2% of the warming over the last 43 years is due to this cause. The origin of the correlation itself is probably the cycle of solar irradiance although there is, as yet, no certainty.

Sloan, T. [Physics Department, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK (United Kingdom); Wolfendale, A. W. [Physics Department, Durham University, Durham (United Kingdom)

2008-01-24

115

Cosmic Rays and Sunspot Numbers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this activity students analyze and compare two or more graphs to determine if there is a correlation between sunspot number and the variation of cosmic ray flux. They discover that cosmic rays are very energetic particles, mostly protons and electrons, that enter the solar system from the depths of interstellar space and that although the Earth's magnetic field partially shields us from these particles, so too does the much more extended solar wind with its own magnetic field. This is a three-part lesson in which students will construct line graphs displaying the cosmic ray flux and sunspot numbers for a period of time, and then determine if there is a correlation. In order to compare these two sets of data, students will need to scale the data in order to visualize the results. Teacher and student notes for the graphing calculator are included.

Higley, Susan

116

The microphysics and macrophysics of cosmic rays  

SciTech Connect

This review paper commemorates a century of cosmic ray research, with emphasis on the plasma physics aspects. Cosmic rays comprise only ?10{sup ?9} of interstellar particles by number, but collectively their energy density is about equal to that of the thermal particles. They are confined by the Galactic magnetic field and well scattered by small scale magnetic fluctuations, which couple them to the local rest frame of the thermal fluid. Scattering isotropizes the cosmic rays and allows them to exchange momentum and energy with the background medium. I will review a theory for how the fluctuations which scatter the cosmic rays can be generated by the cosmic rays themselves through a microinstability excited by their streaming. A quasilinear treatment of the cosmic ray–wave interaction then leads to a fluid model of cosmic rays with both advection and diffusion by the background medium and momentum and energy deposition by the cosmic rays. This fluid model admits cosmic ray modified shocks, large scale cosmic ray driven instabilities, cosmic ray heating of the thermal gas, and cosmic ray driven galactic winds. If the fluctuations were extrinsic turbulence driven by some other mechanism, the cosmic ray background coupling would be entirely different. Which picture holds depends largely on the nature of turbulence in the background medium.

Zweibel, Ellen G. [Departments of Astronomy and Physics and Center for Magnetic Self-Organization, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)] [Departments of Astronomy and Physics and Center for Magnetic Self-Organization, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States)

2013-05-15

117

Fun Times with Cosmic Rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Who would have thought cosmic rays could be so hip? Although discovered 90 years ago on death-defying manned balloon flights hip even by twenty-first-century extremesport standards cosmic rays quickly lost popularity as way-cool telescopes were finding way-too-cool phenomena across the electromagnetic spectrum. Yet cosmic rays are back in vogue, boasting their own set of superlatives. Scientists are tracking them down with new resolve from the Arctic to Antarctica and even on the high western plains of Argentina. Theorists, too, now see cosmic rays as harbingers of funky physics. Cosmic rays are atomic and subatomic particles - the fastest moving bits of matter in the universe and the only sample of matter we have from outside the solar system (with the exception of interstellar dust grains). Lower-energy cosmic rays come from the Sun. Mid-energy particles come from stellar explosions - either spewed directly from the star like shrapnel, or perhaps accelerated to nearly the speed of light by shock waves. The highest-energy cosmic rays, whose unequivocal existence remains one of astronomy's greatest mysteries, clock in at a staggering 10(exp 19) to 10(exp 22) electron volts. This is the energy carried in a baseball pitch; seeing as how there are as many atomic particles in a baseball as there are baseballs in the Moon, that s one powerful toss. No simple stellar explosion could produce them. At a recent conference in Albuquerque, scientists presented the first observational evidence of a possible origin for the highest-energy variety. A team led by Elihu Boldt at NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center found that five of these very rare cosmic rays (there are only a few dozen confirmed events) come from the direction of four 'retired' quasar host galaxies just above the arm of the Big Dipper, all visible with backyard telescopes: NGC 3610, NGC 3613, NGC 4589, and NGC 5322. These galaxies are billions of years past their glory days as the brightest beacons in the universe. Yet they still harbor central, supermassive black holes, which could generate energetic particles if they are spinning.

Wanjek, Christopher

2003-01-01

118

Recent Results in Cosmic Ray Physics and Their Interpretation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The last decade has been dense with new developments in the search for the sources of Galactic cosmic rays. Some of these developments have confirmed the tight connection between cosmic rays and supernovae in our Galaxy, through the detection of gamma rays and the observation of thin non-thermal X-ray rims in supernova remnants. Some others, such as the detection of features in the spectra of some chemicals, opened new questions on the propagation of cosmic rays in the Galaxy and on details of the acceleration process. Here, I will summarize some of these developments and their implications for our understanding of the origin of cosmic rays. I will also discuss some new avenues that are being pursued in testing the supernova origin of Galactic cosmic rays.

Blasi, Pasquale

2014-10-01

119

Neutrinos Associated with Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Construction of the first kilometer-scale neutrino observatory has been completed; IceCube has been fully commissioned and has been taking data since May 2011. Its present performance exceeds expectations in both the neutrino collection area (by a factor 2 ~ 3 depending on energy) and angular resolution. It continues to improve with ongoing refinements in calibration, software tools and our understanding of the optics of the natural ice. IceCube was designed more than a decade ago with the goal of observing the sources of both Galactic and extragalactic cosmic rays with good statistical significance after 5 years. Because the origin of cosmic rays is still unresolved, the exercise is inevitably performed on models. We here revisit three illustrative examples chosen because they are predictive, although with relatively large errors associated with the astrophysics of the sources: Galactic supernova remnants, gamma-ray bursts and GZK neutrinos produced in interactions of cosmic rays with the microwave background. We conclude that the IceCube design, as well as the prospect for observing neutrinos from cosmic-ray sources, have survived the test of time.

Halzen, Francis

2012-02-01

120

Evaluation of Galactic Cosmic Ray Models  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Models of the galactic cosmic ray spectra have been tested by comparing their predictions to an evaluated database containing more than 380 measured cosmic ray spectra extending from 1960 to the present.

Adams, James H., Jr.; Heiblim, Samuel; Malott, Christopher

2009-01-01

121

The Heliosphere and Galactic Cosmic Rays  

NASA Video Gallery

The heliosphere deflects galactic cosmic rays from entering the system. Galactic cosmic rays are a very high energy form of particle radiation that are extremely difficult to shield against and are...

122

Exploring the High-Energy Cosmic Ray Spectrum with a Toy Model of Cosmic Ray Diffusion  

E-print Network

We introduce a static toy model of the cosmic ray (CR) universe in which cosmic ray propagation is taken to be diffusive and cosmic ray sources are distributed randomly with a density the same as that of local L* galaxies, $5 \\times 10^{-3}$ Mpc$^{-3}$. These sources "fire" at random times through the history of the universe but with a set expectation time for the period between bursts. Our toy model model captures much of the essential CR physics despite its simplicity and, moreover, broadly reproduces CR phenomenology for reasonable parameter values and without extreme fine-tuning. Using this model we investigate -- and find tenable -- the idea that the Milky Way may itself be a typical high-energy cosmic ray source. We also consider the possible phenomenological implications of the magnetic CR horizon for the overall cosmic ray spectrum observed at Earth. Finally, we show that anisotropy studies should most profitably focus on cosmic rays detected at energies above the so-called GZK cut-off, $\\sim 6 \\times 10^{19}$ eV.

Roger Clay; Roland M. Crocker

2007-10-26

123

The Lateral Trigger Probability function for the UltraHigh Energy Cosmic Ray showers detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper we introduce the concept of Lateral Trigger Probability (LTP) function, i.e., the probability for an Extensive Air Shower (EAS) to trigger an individual detector of a ground based array as a function of distance to the shower axis, taking into account energy, mass and direction of the primary cosmic ray. We apply this concept to the surface

P. Abreu; M. Aglietta; E. J. Ahn; I. F. M. Albuquerque; D. Allard; I. Allekotte; J. Allen; P. Allison; J. Alvarez Castillo; M. Ambrosio; A. Aminaei; L. Anchordoqui; S. Andringa; T. Anti?i?; A. Anzalone; C. Aramo; E. Arganda; F. Arqueros; H. Asorey; P. Assis; J. Aublin; M. Avenier; G. Avila; T. Bäcker; M. Balzer; K. B. Barber; A. F. Barbosa; R. Bardenet; S. L. C. Barroso; B. Baughman; J. Bäuml; J. J. Beatty; B. R. Becker; K. H. Becker; A. Bellétoile; J. A. Bellido; S. BenZvi; C. Berat; X. Bertou; P. L. Biermann; P. Billoir; F. Blanco; M. Blanco; H. Blümer; M. Bohá?ová; D. Boncioli; C. Bonifazi; R. Bonino; N. Borodai; J. Brack; P. Brogueira; W. C. Brown; R. Bruijn; P. Buchholz; A. Bueno; R. E. Burton; K. S. Caballero-Mora; L. Caramete; R. Caruso; A. Castellina; O. Catalano; G. Cataldi; L. Cazon; R. Cester; J. Chauvin; S. H. Cheng; A. Chiavassa; J. A. Chinellato; J. Chudoba; R. W. Clay; M. R. Coluccia; F. Contreras; H. Cook; M. J. Cooper; A. Cordier; U. Cotti; S. Coutu; C. E. Covault; A. Creusot; J. Cronin; A. Curutiu; S. Dagoret-Campagne; R. Dallier; S. Dasso; K. Daumiller; B. R. Dawson; R. M. de Almeida; C. De Donato; S. J. de Jong; G. De La Vega; I. De Mitri; V. de Souza; K. D. de Vries; G. Decerprit; L. del Peral; O. Deligny; H. Dembinski; N. Dhital; C. Di Giulio; J. C. Diaz; M. L. D?´az Castro; P. N. Diep; C. Dobrigkeit; W. Docters; J. C. D’Olivo; P. N. Dong; A. Dorofeev; J. C. dos Anjos; M. T. Dova; D. D’Urso; I. Dutan; J. Ebr; R. Engel; M. Erdmann; C. O. Escobar; A. Etchegoyen; P. Facal San Luis; I. Fajardo Tapia; H. Falcke; G. Farrar; A. C. Fauth; N. Fazzini; A. P. Ferguson; A. Ferrero; B. Fick; A. Filevich; S. Fliescher; C. E. Fracchiolla; U. Fröhlich; B. Fuchs; R. Gaior; R. F. Gamarra; S. Gambetta; B. Garc?´a; D. Garc?´a Gámez; D. García Gámez; A. Gascon; H. Gemmeke; K. Gesterling; P. L. Ghia; U. Giaccari; M. Giller; H. Glass; M. S. Gold; G. Golup; F. Gomez Albarracin; M. Gómez Berisso; P. Gonçalves; D. Gonzalez; J. G. Gonzalez; B. Gookin; D. Góra; A. Gorgi; P. Gouffon; S. R. Gozzini; E. Grashorn; S. Grebe; N. Griffith; M. Grigat; A. F. Grillo; Y. Guardincerri; F. Guarino; G. P. Guedes; A. Guzman; J. D. Hague; P. Hansen; D. Harari; S. Harmsma; J. L. Harton; A. Haungs; T. Hebbeker; D. Heck; A. E. Herve; C. Hojvat; N. Hollon; V. C. Holmes; P. Homola; J. R. Hörandel; A. Horneffer; M. Hrabovský; T. Huege; A. Insolia; F. Ionita; A. Italiano; C. Jarne; S. Jiraskova; K. Kadija; K. H. Kampert; P. Karhan; B. Kégl; B. Keilhauer; A. Keivani; J. L. Kelley; E. Kemp; R. M. Kieckhafer; H. O. Klages; M. Kleifges; J. Kleinfeller; D.-H. Koang; K. Kotera; N. Krohm; O. Krömer; D. Kruppke-Hansen; F. Kuehn; D. Kuempel; J. K. Kulbartz; N. Kunka; G. La Rosa; C. Lachaud; P. Lautridou; M. S. A. B. Leão; D. Lebrun; P. Lebrun; M. A. Leigui de Oliveira; A. Letessier-Selvon; I. Lhenry-Yvon; K. Link; R. López; A. Lopez Agüera; K. Louedec; J. Lozano Bahilo; A. Lucero; M. Ludwig; H. Lyberis; M. C. Maccarone; S. Maldera; D. Mandat; P. Mantsch; A. G. Mariazzi; J. Marin; V. Marin; I. C. Maris; H. R. Marquez Falcon; G. Marsella; D. Martello; L. Martin; H. Martinez; O. Mart?´nez Bravo; H. J. Mathes; J. A. J. Matthews; G. Matthiae; D. Maurizio; P. O. Mazur; G. Medina-Tanco; M. Melissas; D. Melo; E. Menichetti; A. Menshikov; P. Mertsch; C. Meurer; S. Mi?anovi?; M. I. Micheletti; W. Miller; L. Miramonti; S. Mollerach; M. Monasor; D. Monnier Ragaigne; F. Montanet; B. Morales; C. Morello; E. Moreno; J. C. Moreno; M. Mostafá; C. A. Moura; S. Mueller; M. A. Muller; G. Müller; M. Münchmeyer; R. Mussa; G. Navarra; J. L. Navarro; S. Navas; P. Necesal; L. Nellen; A. Nelles; P. T. Nhung; L. Niemietz; N. Nierstenhoefer; D. Nitz; D. Nosek; L. Nožka; M. Nyklicek; J. Oehlschläger; A. Olinto; P. Oliva; V. M. Olmos-Gilbaja; N. Pacheco; D. Pakk Selmi-Dei; M. Palatka; J. Pallotta; N. Palmieri; G. Parente; E. Parizot; A. Parra; R. D. Parsons; S. Pastor; T. Paul; M. Pech; R. Pelayo; I. M. Pepe; L. Perrone; R. Pesce; E. Petermann; S. Petrera; P. Petrinca; A. Petrolini; Y. Petrov; J. Petrovic; C. Pfendner; N. Phan; R. Piegaia; T. Pierog; P. Pieroni; M. Pimenta; V. Pirronello; M. Platino; V. H. Ponce; M. Pontz; P. Privitera; M. Prouza; E. J. Quel; S. Querchfeld; J. Rautenberg; O. Ravel; D. Ravignani; B. Revenu; J. Ridky; S. Riggi; M. Risse; P. Ristori; H. Rivera; V. Rizi; J. Roberts; C. Robledo; W. Rodrigues de Carvalho; G. Rodriguez; J. Rodriguez Martino; I. Rodriguez-Cabo; M. D. Rodr?´guez-Fr?´as; G. Ros; J. Rosado; T. Rossler; M. Roth; B. Rouillé-d’Orfeuil; E. Roulet; A. C. Rovero; F. Salamida; H. Salazar; G. Salina; F. Sánchez; M. Santander; C. E. Santo; E. M. Santos; F. Sarazin; B. Sarkar; S. Sarkar; R. Sato; N. Scharf; V. Scherini; H. Schieler; P. Schiffer; A. Schmidt; F. Schmidt; T. Schmidt; O. Scholten; H. Schoorlemmer; J. Schovancova

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Non-Invasive Detection of Soil Water Content at Intermediate Field Scale Using Cosmic-Ray Neutrons  

Microsoft Academic Search

The amount of water in the subsurface is a key factor influencing a range of hydrological and other processes. New measurement methods are investigated to obtain more information on this key issue. One of them is the so called cosmic ray method, recently introduced for soil moisture measurements by Zreda and co-workers. Secondary neutron fluxes, product of the interaction of

C. A. Rivera Villarreyes; G. Baroni; S. E. Oswald

2010-01-01

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Frontiers of Cosmic Ray Science 205 Long-Term Variations of Cosmic Rays and Terrestrial  

E-print Network

Frontiers of Cosmic Ray Science 205 Long-Term Variations of Cosmic Rays and Terrestrial Environmentth International Cosmic Ray Conference (August 2003, Tsukuba, Japan): SH 3.4 "Long-term variations," SH 3.5 "Long-term variation of cosmic rays studied by cosmogenic nuclides," SH 3.6 "Terrestrial

Usoskin, Ilya G.

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28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 3473 REal-time COsmic Ray Database (RECORD)  

E-print Network

28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 3473 REal-time COsmic Ray Database (RECORD) Valery Kozlov, Moscow region, Russia. Abstract In this paper we present a first distributed REal-time COsmic Ray methods. The database contains not only original cosmic ray data but also auxiliary data necessary

Usoskin, Ilya G.

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30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Numerical Model of Cosmic Ray Induced Ionization in the Atmosphere  

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30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Numerical Model of Cosmic Ray Induced Ionization.usoskin@oulu.fi Abstract: We present a full numerical model to calculate cosmic ray induced ionization in the at- mosphere practical applications are discussed. Introduction Energetic galactic cosmic rays (CR) form an im- portant

Usoskin, Ilya G.

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Detectors for Cosmic Rays on Ground and in Space  

SciTech Connect

The origin of the cosmic rays has been a great mystery since they were discovered by Victor Hess in 1912. AGASA's observation of ultra-high-energy cosmic-rays (UHECR) possibly beyond the GZK (Greisen, Zatsepin and Kuzmin) cutoff stimulated the field in great deal. In addition, Kamiokande's detection of neutrinos from SN1987A and the H.E.S.S.'s detection of TeV gamma-rays from supernova remnants demonstrated the viability of neutrino and TeV gamma-ray astronomy for cosmic-ray research. A new generation of currently-operating or soon-to-be-operating detectors for charged particles, gamma-rays and neutrinos from cosmos will get us even closer to understanding the nature and origin of cosmic rays. Detectors for UHECRs, gamma rays and neutrinos are of particular importance in order to study the origins of cosmic rays since these particles are free from the deflection due to magnetic fields. Detectors for antiparticles and gamma rays would be useful to detect cosmic rays originated from the decay of the dark matter in the Universe. I will review these cosmic-ray detectors with particular attention on the differences of ground-based, balloon-borne and satellite-borne detectors.

Tajima, Hiroyasu; /SLAC

2007-09-10

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X-ray Observations of Cosmic Ray Acceleration  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Since the discovery of cosmic rays, detection of their sources has remained elusive. A major breakthrough has come through the identification of synchrotron X-rays from the shocks of supernova remnants through imaging and spectroscopic observations by the most recent generation of X-ray observatories. This radiation is most likely produced by electrons accelerated to relativistic energy, and thus has offered the first, albeit indirect, observational evidence that diffusive shock acceleration in supernova remnants produces cosmic rays to TeV energies, possibly as high as the "knee" in the cosmic ray spectrum. X-ray observations have provided information about the maximum energy to which these shOCks accelerate electrons, as well as indirect evidence of proton acceleration. Shock morphologies measured in X-rays have indicated that a substantial fraction of the shock energy can be diverted into particle acceleration. This presentation will summarize what we have learned about cosmic ray acceleration from X-ray observations of supernova remnants over the past two decades.

Petre, Robert

2012-01-01

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The Cosmic Ray Electron Excess  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This slide presentation reviews the possible sources for the apparent excess of Cosmic Ray Electrons. The presentation reviews the Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter (ATIC) instrument, the various parts, how cosmic ray electrons are measured, and shows graphs that review the results of the ATIC instrument measurement. A review of Cosmic Ray Electrons models is explored, along with the source candidates. Scenarios for the excess are reviewed: Supernova remnants (SNR) Pulsar Wind nebulae, or Microquasars. Each of these has some problem that mitigates the argument. The last possibility discussed is Dark Matter. The Anti-Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics (PAMELA) mission is to search for evidence of annihilations of dark matter particles, to search for anti-nuclei, to test cosmic-ray propagation models, and to measure electron and positron spectra. There are slides explaining the results of Pamela and how to compare these with those of the ATIC experiment. Dark matter annihilation is then reviewed, which represent two types of dark matter: Neutralinos, and kaluza-Kline (KK) particles, which are next explained. The future astrophysical measurements, those from GLAST LAT, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), and HEPCAT are reviewed, in light of assisting in finding an explanation for the observed excess. Also the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could help by revealing if there are extra dimensions.

Chang, J.; Adams, J. H.; Ahn, H. S.; Bashindzhagyan, G. L.; Christl, M.; Ganel, O.; Guzik, T. G.; Isbert, J.; Kim, K. C.; Kuznetsov, E. N.; Panasyuk, M. I.; Panov, A. D.; Schmidt, W. K. H.; Seo, E. S.; Sokolskaya, N. V.; Watts, J. W.; Wefel, J. P.; Wu, J.; Zatsepin, V. I.

2008-01-01

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Cosmic rays and hadronic interactions  

SciTech Connect

The cosmic ray spectrum extends to particles with energy E{approx} 10{sup 20} eV, that corresponds (assuming that the primary particle is a proton) to a nucleon-nucleon c.m. energy {radical}(s) Asymptotically-Equal-To 430TeV, 50 times higher than the current LHC energy. These very high energy particles can be studied via the observation of the showers they generate in the atmosphere. The interpretation of the data requires therefore the modeling of hadronic interactions in an energy range beyond what can be studied in accelerator experiments. The theoretical problem of estimating the relevant properties of hadronic interactions in this energy range is therefore of central importance for the interpretation of the cosmic ray data. Viceversa, it is in principle possible to obtain information about hadronic interactions from the cosmic ray observations, but this program has to confront the fact that the (freely available) cosmic ray beam has an unknown energy spectrum and an unknown mass composition.

Lipari, Paolo [INFN sez. Roma, and Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Roma Sapienza (Italy)

2013-03-25

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Cosmic-Ray Neutron Demography  

Microsoft Academic Search

The equilibrium spatial and energy distribution is calculated for neutrons made in the earth's atmosphere by cosmic rays. The neutron current leaking into space is found, and the density of neutron decays in the vicinity of the earth is computed for a future determination of importance as a source for the Van Allen belts. The spectrum and the leakage current

W. N. Hess; E. H. Canfield; R. E. Lingenfelter

1961-01-01

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Cosmic-ray driven winds  

E-print Network

The theory of Galactic Winds, driven by the cosmic-ray pressure gradient, is reviewed both on the magnetohydrodynamic and on the kinetic level. In this picture the magnetic field of the Galaxy above the dense gas disk is assumed to have a flux tube geometry, the flux tubes rising locally perpendicular out of the disk to become radially directed at large distances, with the cosmic-ray sources located deep within the Galactic disk. At least above the gas disk, the magnetic fluctuations which resonantly scatter the cosmic rays are selfconsistently excited as Alf{`e}n waves by the escaping cosmic rays. The fluctuation amplitudes remain finite through nonlinear wave dissipation. The spatially increasing speed of the resulting outflow results in a diffusion-convection boundary whose position depends on particle momentum. It replaces the escape boundary of static diffusion models. New effects like overall Galactic mass and angular momentum loss as well as gas heating beyond the disk appear. Also particle re-accelera...

Völk, Heinrich J

2014-01-01

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Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The 6 flights of the Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) balloon payload over Antarctica accumulated 161 days of exposure. The instrument is configured with complementary and redundant particle detectors for direct measurements of high energy cosmic ray elemental spectra. The calorimeter and Silicon Charge Detectors (SCD) from one of the two instruments are being re-configured for the International Space Station, dubbed ISS-CREAM. The other calorimeter and detectors that are too large to fit in the ISS Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility envelope are kept for balloon flights. The large area Timing Charged Detector (TCD) and newly developed Transition Radiation Detector (TRD) will be used for studying the propagation history of cosmic rays by measuring relative abundances of secondary particles, e.g., Boron. This Boron and Carbon Cosmic Rays in the Upper Stratosphere (BACCUS) balloon payload will provide in-flight cross calibration of the calorimeter and TRD for Z > 3 particles. The status of the payload construction and flight preparation will be reported.

Seo, Eun-Suk

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Imaging the High Energy Cosmic Ray Sky  

E-print Network

Imaging the High Energy Cosmic Ray Sky PETTER HOFVERBERG Licentiate Thesis Stockholm, Sweden 2006 #12;#12;Licentiate Thesis Imaging the High Energy Cosmic Ray Sky Petter Hofverberg Particle Stockholm, Sweden 2006 #12;Cover illustration: The sky coverage of cosmic rays for the SEASA array

Haviland, David

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Measurements of Cosmic Ray Antiprotons with  

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Measurements of Cosmic Ray Antiprotons with PAMELA JUAN WU ]-1 Deflection [(GV/c) -2 -1.5 -1 -0.5 0 Thesis Measurements of Cosmic Ray Antiprotons with PAMELA Juan Wu Particle and Astroparticle Physics;Cover illustration: The energy release of cosmic rays in the PAMELA tracker sys- tem. Akademisk

Haviland, David

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Galactic cosmic rays M.-B. Kallenrode  

E-print Network

Galactic cosmic rays M.-B. Kallenrode University of L¨uneburg, 21332 L¨uneburg, Germany Camera.: ??? First author: Kallenrode 1 Galactic cosmic rays M.-B. Kallenrode University of L¨uneburg, 21332 L¨uneburg, Germany This presentation gives a brief review of galactic cosmic rays. It starts with observations made

Steinhoff, Heinz-Jürgen

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Modulation and diffusion theory of cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Papers given on the modulation of galactic cosmic rays by the solar wind at the 14th International Cosmic Ray Conference are reviewed. Some of the topics treated in this review are Pioneer and Helios radial gradient measurement, heliolatitude effects in modulation models, diffusion (scattering) theory - including pitch angle diffusion diagrams - solar flare particle transport theory and cosmic ray fluctuations at neutron monitor energies.

Forman, M. A.

1975-01-01

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Gamma rays from grazing incidence cosmic rays in the earth's atmosphere  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Interactions of grazing incidence, ultra high-energy cosmic rays with the earth's atmosphere may provide a new method of studying energetic cosmic rays with gamma-ray satellites. It is found that these cosmic ray interactions may produce gamma-rays on millisecond timescales which may be detectable by satellites. An extremely low gamma-ray background for transient gamma-ray events and a large area of interaction, the earth's surface, make the scheme plausible. The effective cross section of detection of interactions for cosmic rays above 10(exp 20) eV is found to be more than two orders of magnitude higher than Earth-based detection techniques. This method may eventually offer an efficient way of probing this region of the cosmic-ray energy spectrum where events are scarce. In this paper, a conceptual model is presented for the production of short bursts of gamma-rays based on these grazing incidence encounters with the Earth's atmosphere.

Ulmer, Andrew

1994-01-01

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Research in cosmic and gamma ray astrophysics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Discussed here is research in cosmic ray and gamma ray astrophysics at the Space Radiation Laboratory (SRL) of the California Institute of Technology. The primary activities discussed involve the development of new instrumentation and techniques for future space flight. In many cases these instrumentation developments were tested in balloon flight instruments designed to conduct new investigations in cosmic ray and gamma ray astrophysics. The results of these investigations are briefly summarized. Specific topics include a quantitative investigation of the solar modulation of cosmic ray protons and helium nuclei, a study of cosmic ray positron and electron spectra in interplanetary and interstellar space, the solar modulation of cosmic rays, an investigation of techniques for the measurement and interpretation of cosmic ray isotopic abundances, and a balloon measurement of the isotopic composition of galactic cosmic ray boron, carbon, and nitrogen.

Stone, Edward C.; Mewaldt, Richard A.; Prince, Thomas A.

1992-01-01

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28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 4065 The Cosmic Ray Shadows of the Moon and the Sun De-  

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28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 4065 The Cosmic Ray Shadows of the Moon and the Sun De of the data shows that the shadows of the sun and moon have each been detected with high significances of the sun is significantly weaker than that of the moon. As expected, the measured positions of the deficits

California at Santa Cruz, University of

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High-energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

After a brief review of galactic cosmic rays in the GeV to TeV energy range, we describe some current problems of interest for particles of very high energy. Particularly interesting are two features of the spectrum, the `knee' above $10^{15}$ eV and the `ankle' above $10^{18}$ eV. An important question is whether the highest energy particles are of extra-galactic origin and, if so, at what energy the transition occurs. A theme common to all energy ranges is use of nuclear abundances as a tool for understanding the origin of the cosmic radiation.

Thomas K. Gaisser; Todor Stanev

2005-10-11

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Search for AntiparticleSearch for Antiparticle in Cosmic Raysin Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

Search for AntiparticleSearch for Antiparticle in Cosmic Raysin Cosmic Rays with BESSwith BESS ·University of Denver J. Ormes, N. Thakur #12;CosmicCosmic--Ray Antiproton ChronologyRay Antiproton ChronologySearch for Primordial Antiparticles in CosmicAntiparticles in Cosmic RaysRays Primary origins relatively enhanced at

Yamamoto, Hirosuke

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Antennas for the detection of radio emission pulses from cosmic-ray induced air showers at the Pierre Auger Observatory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Pierre Auger Observatory is exploring the potential of the radio detection technique to study extensive air showers induced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays. The Auger Engineering Radio Array (AERA) addresses both technological and scientific aspects of the radio technique. A first phase of AERA has been operating since September 2010 with detector stations observing radio signals at frequencies between 30 and 80 MHz. In this paper we present comparative studies to identify and optimize the antenna design for the final configuration of AERA consisting of 160 individual radio detector stations. The transient nature of the air shower signal requires a detailed description of the antenna sensor. As the ultra-wideband reception of pulses is not widely discussed in antenna literature, we review the relevant antenna characteristics and enhance theoretical considerations towards the impulse response of antennas including polarization effects and multiple signal reflections. On the basis of the vector effective length we study the transient response characteristics of three candidate antennas in the time domain. Observing the variation of the continuous galactic background intensity we rank the antennas with respect to the noise level added to the galactic signal.

Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Ahlers, M.; Ahn, E. J.; Albuquerque, I. F. M.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Almela, A.; Alvarez Castillo, J.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Alves Batista, R.; Ambrosio, M.; Aminaei, A.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anti?i?, T.; Aramo, C.; Arganda, E.; Arqueros, F.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avenier, M.; Avila, G.; Badescu, A. M.; Balzer, M.; Barber, K. B.; Barbosa, A. F.; Bardenet, R.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Baughman, B.; Bäuml, J.; Baus, C.; Beatty, J. J.; Becker, K. H.; Bellétoile, A.; Bellido, J. A.; BenZvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanco, F.; Blanco, M.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Bohá?ová, M.; Boncioli, D.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Borodai, N.; Brack, J.; Brancus, I.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Bruijn, R.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Buroker, L.; Burton, R. E.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Caccianiga, B.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, R.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazon, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Cheng, S. H.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chirinos Diaz, J.; Chudoba, J.; Cilmo, M.; Clay, R. W.; Cocciolo, G.; Collica, L.; Coluccia, M. R.; Conceição, R.; Contreras, F.; Cook, H.; Cooper, M. J.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Criss, A.; Cronin, J.; Curutiu, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Dallier, R.; Daniel, B.; Dasso, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; De Domenico, M.; De Donato, C.; de Jong, S. J.; De La Vega, G.; de Mello Junior, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; De Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; de Vries, K. D.; del Peral, L.; del Río, M.; Deligny, O.; Dembinski, H.; Dhital, N.; Di Giulio, C.; Díaz Castro, M. L.; Diep, P. N.; Diogo, F.; Dobrigkeit, C.; Docters, W.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dong, P. N.; Dorofeev, A.; dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; Dutan, I.; Ebr, J.; Engel, R.; Erdmann, M.; Escobar, C. O.; Espadanal, J.; Etchegoyen, A.; Facal San Luis, P.; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Ferguson, A. P.; Fick, B.; Figueira, J. M.; Filevich, A.; Filip?i?, A.; Fliescher, S.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fraenkel, E. D.; Fratu, O.; Fröhlich, U.; Fuchs, B.; Gaior, R.; Gamarra, R. F.; Gambetta, S.; García, B.; Garcia Roca, S. T.; Garcia-Gamez, D.; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Gascon Bravo, A.; Gemmeke, H.; Ghia, P. L.; Giller, M.; Gitto, J.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Gomez Albarracin, F.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Gómez Vitale, P. F.; Gonçalves, P.; Gonzalez, J. G.; Gookin, B.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Grashorn, E.; Grebe, S.; Griffith, N.; Grigat, M.; Grillo, A. F.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harrison, T. A.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hebbeker, T.; Heck, D.; Herve, A. E.; Hojvat, C.; Hollon, N.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hörandel, J. R.; Horvath, P.; Hrabovský, M.; Huber, D.; Huege, T.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Jansen, S.; Jarne, C.; Jiraskova, S.; Josebachuili, M.; Kadija, K.; Kampert, K. H.; Karhan, P.; Kasper, P.; Katkov, I.; Kégl, B.; Keilhauer, B.; Keivani, A.; Kelley, J. L.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. O.; Kleifges, M.; Kleinfeller, J.; Knapp, J.; Koang, D.-H.; Kotera, K.; Krohm, N.; Krömer, O.; Kruppke-Hansen, D.; Kuempel, D.; Kulbartz, J. K.; Kunka, N.; La Rosa, G.; Lachaud, C.; LaHurd, D.; Latronico, L.; Lauer, R.; Lautridou, P.; Le Coz, S.; Leão, M. S. A. B.; Lebrun, D.; Lebrun, P.; Leigui de Oliveira, M. A.; Letessier-Selvon, A.; Lhenry-Yvon, I.; Link, K.; López, R.; Lopez Agüera, A.; Louedec, K.; Lozano Bahilo, J.; Lu, L.; Lucero, A.; Ludwig, M.; Lyberis, H.; Maccarone, M. C.; Macolino, C.; Maldera, S.; Maller, J.; Mandat, D.; Mantsch, P.; Mariazzi, A. G.; Marin, J.; Marin, V.; Maris, I. C.; Marquez Falcon, H. R.; Marsella, G.; Martello, D.; Martin, L.; Martinez, H.; Martínez Bravo, O.; Martraire, D.; Masías Meza, J. J.; Mathes, H. J.; Matthews, J.; Matthews, J. A. J.; Matthiae, G.; Maurel, D.; Maurizio, D.; Mazur, P. O.; Medina-Tanco, G.; Melissas, M.; Melo, D.; Menichetti, E.; Menshikov, A.; Mertsch, P.; Meurer, C.; Meyhandan, R.; Mi?anovi?, S.; Micheletti, M. I.; Minaya, I. A.; Miramonti, L.; Molina-Bueno, L.; Mollerach, S.; Monasor, M.; Monnier Ragaigne, D.; Montanet, F.; Morales, B.; Morello, C.; Moreno, E.; Moreno, J. C.; Mostafá, M.; Moura, C. A.; Muller, M. A.; Müller, G.; Münchmeyer, M.; Mussa, R.; Navarra, G.; Navarro, J. L.; Navas, S.; Necesal, P.; Nellen, L.; Nelles, A.; Neuser, J.; Nhung, P. T.; Niechciol, M.; Niemietz, L.; Nierstenhoefer, N.; Nitz, D.; Nosek, D.; Nožka, L.; Oehlschläger, J.; Olinto, A.; Ortiz, M.; Pacheco, N.; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D.; Palatka, M.; Pallotta, J.; Palmieri, N.; Parente, G.; Parizot, E.; Parra, A.; Pastor, S.; Paul, T.; Pech, M.; Pekala, J.; Pelayo, R.; Pepe, I. M.; Perrone, L.; Pesce, R.

2012-10-01

145

Cosmic x ray physics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This final report covers the period 1 January 1985 - 31 March 1992. It is divided into the following sections: the soft x-ray background; proportional counter and filter calibrations; sounding rocket flight preparations; new sounding rocket payload: x-ray calorimeter; and theoretical studies. Staff, publications, conference proceedings, invited talks, contributed talks, colloquia and seminars, public service lectures, and Ph. D. theses are listed.

Mccammon, Dan; Cox, D. P.; Kraushaar, W. L.; Sanders, W. T.

1992-01-01

146

Cosmic Rays and Gamma Ray Bursts From Microblazars  

E-print Network

Highly relativistic jets from merger and accretion induced collapse of compact stellar objects, which may produce the cosmological gamma ray bursts (GRBs), are also very efficient and powerful cosmic ray accelerators. The expected luminosity, energy spectrum and chemical composition of cosmic rays from Galactic GRBs, most of which do not point in our direction, can explain the observed properties of Galactic cosmic rays.

Arnon Dar

1998-09-13

147

Gamma-ray Astronomy and Cosmic-ray Origin Theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The assumption that cosmic rays originate from metagalactic sources is investigated. Gamma ray astronomy and its application to studying nuclear components of cosmic rays far from the earth, estimating energy density of cosmic rays, and determining magnetic field strength is also examined.

Ginzburg, V. L.

1973-01-01

148

Detection of cosmic -rays using a heliostat field: the case of F. Arqueros1  

E-print Network

Fisicas. Universidad Complutense. E-28040 Madrid. Spain 2 CIEMAT-Departamento de Energias renovables. Plataforma Solar de Almeria. E-04080 Almeria. Spain 3 Max-Planck Institute f¨ur Physik. D-80805 M¨unchen. Germany Abstract. Gamma-Ray telescopes based on a solar plant are able to accurately measure the spatial

149

Heliospheric Physics and Cosmic Rays Lecture notes  

E-print Network

since it was similar for day and night time. The term "cosmic radiation" became common761656S . Heliospheric Physics and Cosmic Rays . Lecture notes Fall term 2003 Prepared by Kalevi This is the second time that a course under the title "Heliospheric Physics and Cosmic Rays" is lectured

Usoskin, Ilya G.

150

PAMELA measurements of high energy cosmic ray  

E-print Network

and optimised for the study of the antimatter component in the cosmic radiation. The PAMELA apparatus consistsPAMELA measurements of high energy cosmic ray positrons LAURA ROSSETTO Doctoral Thesis Stockholm, Sweden 2012 #12;#12;Doctoral Thesis PAMELA measurements of high energy cosmic ray positrons Laura

Haviland, David

151

33RD INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE, RIO DE JANEIRO 2013 THE ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS CONFERENCE  

E-print Network

33RD INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE, RIO DE JANEIRO 2013 THE ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS CONFERENCE" from space. It will characterize Ultra High-Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR) by detecting fluorescent by particles and waves coming from space. JEM-EUSO telescope is designed to detect Extreme-Energy Cosmic Rays

Boyer, Edmond

152

Detectors for Cosmic Rays on Ground and in Space  

E-print Network

The origin of the cosmic rays has been a great mystery since they were discovered by Victor Hess in 1912. AGASA's observation of ultra-high-energy cosmic-rays (UHECR) possibly beyond the GZK (Greisen, Zatsepin and Kuzmin) cutoff stimulated the field in great deal. In addition, Kamiokande's detection of neutrinos from SN1987A and the H.E.S.S.'s detection of TeV gamma-rays from supernova remnants demonstrated the viability of neutrino and TeV gamma-ray astronomy for cosmic-ray research. A new generation of currently-operating or soon-to-be-operating detectors for charged particles, gamma-rays and neutrinos from cosmos will get us even closer to understanding the nature and origin of cosmic rays. Detectors for UHECRs, gamma rays and neutrinos are of particular importance in order to study the origins of cosmic rays since these particles are free from the deflection due to magnetic fields. Detectors for antiparticles and gamma rays would be useful to detect cosmic rays originated from the decay of the dark matter...

Tajima, Hiroyasu

2007-01-01

153

Cosmic Rays from Nova Herculis?  

Microsoft Academic Search

THE appearance of a new star in the constellation of Hercules is of considerable interest not only for the astronomer but also for the physicist. W. Baade and F. Zwicky1 recently advanced tentatively the hypothesis that cosmic rays are produced in the outburst of super-novæ. The few communications2 on Nova Herculis do not show-so far as they are accessible to

Victor F. Hess; Rudolf Steinmaurer

1935-01-01

154

Cosmic Ray DetectorC. Little1,2, M. Barnett1, D. Chabot1, R. Igarashi1, T. Mavrichi1, R. Pywell1, W. Wurtz1 Cosmic Ray DetectorCosmic Ray DetectorC. Little1,2, M. Barnett1, D. Chabot1, R. Igarashi1, T. Mavrichi1, R. Pywell1, W. Wurtz1  

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Cosmic Ray DetectorC. Little1,2, M. Barnett1, D. Chabot1, R. Igarashi1, T. Mavrichi1, R. Pywell1, W. Wurtz1 Cosmic Ray DetectorCosmic Ray DetectorC. Little1,2, M. Barnett1, D. Chabot1, R. Igarashi1, T. Mavrichi1, R. Pywell1, W. Wurtz1 Method of DetectionMethod of DetectionCosmic RaysCosmic Rays Why Detect

Saskatchewan, University of

155

Solar panels as cosmic-ray detectors  

E-print Network

Due to fundamental limitations of accelerators, only cosmic rays can give access to centre-of- mass energies more than one order of magnitude above those reached at the LHC. In fact, extreme energy cosmic rays (1018 eV - 1020 eV) are the only possibility to explore the 100 TeV energy scale in the years to come. This leap by one order of magnitude gives a unique way to open new horizons: new families of particles, new physics scales, in-depth investigations of the Lorentz symmetries. However, the flux of cosmic rays decreases rapidly, being less than one particle per square kilometer per year above 1019 eV: one needs to sample large surfaces. A way to develop large-effective area, low cost, detectors, is to build a solar panel-based device which can be used in parallel for power generation and Cherenkov light detection. Using solar panels for Cherenkov light detection would combine power generation and a non-standard detection device.

Stella, Carlo; Assis, Pedro; Brogueira, Pedro; Santo, Catarina Espirito; Goncalves, Patricia; Pimenta, Mario; De Angelis, Alessandro

2014-01-01

156

Plans for Extreme Energy Cosmic Ray Observations from Space  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Cosmic rays have been detected at energies beyond 10(exp 20) eV, where Universe is predicted to become opaque to protons. The acceleration of cosmic rays to such extreme energies in known astrophysical objects has also proven difficult to understand, leading to many suggestions that new physics may be required to explain their existence. This has prompted the construction of new experiments designed to detect cosmic rays with fluxes below 1 particle/km/century and follow their spectrum to even higher energies. To detect large numbers of these particles, the next generation of these experiments must be performed on space-based platforms that look on very large detection volumes in the Earth's atmosphere. The talk will review the experimental and theoretical investigations of extreme energy cosmic rays and discuss the present and planned experiments to extend measurements beyond 10(exp 21) eV.

Adams, James H., Jr.

2004-01-01

157

Gamma rays, cosmic rays and galactic structure  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Working primarily from the recent SAS-2 observations of galactic gamma rays, the relation of these observations to the large scale distribution of cosmic rays and interstellar gas in the galaxy is reviewed and reexamined. Starting with a discussion of production rates, the case for pion decay being the predominant production mechanism in the galactic disk above 100 MeV is reestablished and it is also pointed out that Compton gamma rays can be a significant source. To facilitate discussion, the concepts of four distinct galactic regions are defined, viz. the nebulodisk, ectodisk, radiodisk and exodisk. Bremsstrahlung and pion decay gamma rays are associated with the first two (primarily the first) regions, and Compton gamma rays and synchrotron radiation are associated with the latter two regions. On a large scale, the cosmic rays, interstellar gas (primarily H2 clouds in the inner galaxy) and gamma ray emissivity all peak in a region between 5 and 6 kpc from the galactic center. This correlation is related to correlation with other population I phenomena and is discussed in terms of the density wave concept of galactic structure. The singular nature of the HI distribution appears to follow the supernova remnant and pulsar distributions in the galaxy.

Stecker, F. W.

1976-01-01

158

Earth's magnetic field as a radiator to detect cosmic ray electrons of energy greater than 10 to the 12th eV  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Synchrotron emission by a high-energy electron in the geomagnetic field and its dependence upon different arrival directions over Palestine, Texas, where major balloon-borne experiments are being conducted, is studied. The dependence of detector response on the arrival direction of electron, the different criteria which are adopted to identify an electron event, the area of the detector, and the energy of the electron are discussed. An omnidirectional circular detector is used to examine whether it is possible to determine the energy of an electron without knowing its arrival direction. The collecting power of a detector is estimated as a function of the energy of electrons for different detector areas with different selection criteria, and this information is used to calculate the event rates expected by folding in the energy spectrum of cosmic ray electrons to show the viability of detecting cosmic ray electrons at energies greater than a few TeV.

Balasubrahmanyan, V. K.; Stephens, S. A.

1983-01-01

159

Study of cosmic ray semidiurnal variations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

On the basis of long-term registration of cosmic rays with the muon spectrograph at Yakutsk (62°01'N, 129°43'E) and multidirectional muon telescope at Nagoya (35°10'N, 136°58'E) the cosmic ray semidiurnal variation seasonal change and the change of cosmic ray semiduirnal variation with the solar activity level has been found. The modeling of the seasonal change has been made.

Krymsky, G. F.; Krivoshapkin, P. A.; Gerasimova, S. K.; Gololobov, P. Yu

2013-02-01

160

Cloud chamber visualization of primary cosmic rays  

SciTech Connect

From 1948 until 1963, cloud chambers were carried to the top of the atmosphere by balloons. From these flights, which were begun by Edward P. Ney at the University of Minnesota, came the following results: discovery of heavy cosmic ray nuclei, development of scintillation and cherenkov detectors, discovery of cosmic ray electrons, and studies of solar proton events. The history of that era is illustrated here by cloud chamber photographs of primary cosmic rays.

Earl, James A. [Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park MD (United States)

2013-02-07

161

Cosmic Rays 8.1 Composition and energy distribution  

E-print Network

Chapter 8 Cosmic Rays 8.1 Composition and energy distribution Cosmic rays can be broadly defined, and exotics (WIMPS, axions,...) striking the earth. The primary cosmic rays are those entering the upper atmosphere, the cosmic rays of the interstellar medium. Secondary cosmic rays are those produced

Washington at Seattle, University of - Department of Physics, Electroweak Interaction Research Group

162

A hysteresis effect in cosmic ray modulation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The rigidity dependence is investigated in the modulation of cosmic ray protons and alphas at intermediate (2-13 Gv) rigidities during the declines and recoveries of the cosmic ray flux near cosmic ray minimum. The results include the finding that sudden changes in the modulation of the primary cosmic rays are initiated by large solar particle outflow and begin as type I Forbush decreases. Typically, the modulation spectrum becomes flatter at intermediate rigidity below 13 Gv and steeper at rigidities above 13 Gv during early recovery.

Verschell, H. J.; Mendell, R. B.; Korff, S. A.

1974-01-01

163

10, 10971125, 2013 The COsmic-ray Soil  

E-print Network

HESSD 10, 1097­1125, 2013 The COsmic-ray Soil Moisture Interaction Code (COSMIC) J. Shuttleworth et. The COsmic-ray Soil Moisture Interaction Code (COSMIC) for use in data assimilation J. Shuttleworth1,2 , R­1125, 2013 The COsmic-ray Soil Moisture Interaction Code (COSMIC) J. Shuttleworth et al. Title Page Abstract

Zreda, Marek

164

Cosmic ray diffusion: Report of the Workshop in Cosmic Ray Diffusion Theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A workshop in cosmic ray diffusion theory was held at Goddard Space Flight Center on May 16-17, 1974. Topics discussed and summarized are: (1) cosmic ray measurements as related to diffusion theory; (2) quasi-linear theory, nonlinear theory, and computer simulation of cosmic ray pitch-angle diffusion; and (3) magnetic field fluctuation measurements as related to diffusion theory.

Birmingham, T. J.; Jones, F. C.

1975-01-01

165

28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 883 The Influence of the Global Atmospheric Properties on the  

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28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 883 The Influence of the Global Atmospheric Properties dedicated to the Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR) and Neutrinos detection using the Earth's atmosphere) project is aimed to detect from space the Extensive Air Showers (EAS) produced by Ultra High Energy Cosmic

Boyer, Edmond

166

Cosmic string detection in radio surveys  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We consider the detection of cosmic strings using observations of the anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background. Several methods for detecting cosmic strings are analyzed, using a threshold filter and expansion in orthogonal Haar functions. Computer simulation provides estimates of the noise present in experiments aimed at detection of cosmic strings. Attempts to detect cosmic strings were carried out using the full-sky ILC map obtained as a result of the WMAP space mission. A list of cosmic string candidates has been compiled using the Haar function method.

Sazhina, O. S.; Sementsov, V. N.; Ashimbaeva, N. T.

2014-01-01

167

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Cosmic-ray helium intensities over the solar cycle from ACE  

E-print Network

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Cosmic-ray helium intensities over the solar cycle from@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov Abstract: Observations of cosmic-ray helium energy spectra provide important constraints on cosmic ray for understanding how solar modulation affects galactic cosmic ray intensities and for separating the con

Moskalenko, Igor V.

168

Low Cloud Properties Influenced by Cosmic Rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

The influence of solar variability on climate is currently uncertain. Recent observations have indicated a possible mechanism via the influence of solar modulated cosmic rays on global cloud cover. Surprisingly the influence of solar variability is strongest in low clouds \\\\(<=3 km\\\\), which points to a microphysical mechanism involving aerosol formation that is enhanced by ionization due to cosmic rays.

Nigel D. Marsh; Henrik Svensmark

2000-01-01

169

Satellite Anomalies from Galactic Cosmic Rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

Anomalies in communication satellite operation have been caused by the unexpected triggering of digital circuits. Interactions with galactic cosmic rays were investigated as a mechanism for a number of these events. The mechanism assumed was the charging of the base-emitter capacitance of sensitive transistors to the turn-on voltage. The calculation of the cosmic ray event rate required the determination of

D. Binder; E. C. Smith; A. B. Holman

1975-01-01

170

Influence of Cosmic Rays on Earth's Climate  

Microsoft Academic Search

During the last solar cycle Earth's cloud cover underwent a modulation more closely in phase with the galactic cosmic ray flux than with other solar activity parameters. Further it is found that Earth's temperature follows more closely decade variations in galactic cosmic ray flux and solar cycle length, than other solar activity parameters. The main conclusion is that the average

Henrik Svensmark

1998-01-01

171

Cosmic-ray detectors on the Moon  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The state of cosmic ray physics is reviewed. It is concluded that the nonexistent lunar magnetic field, the low lunar radiation background, and the lack of an atmosphere on the Moon provide an excellent environment for the study of high energy primary cosmic rays.

Linsley, John

1988-01-01

172

REal-time COsmic Ray Database (RECORD)  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this paper we present a first distributed REal-time COsmic Ray Database (RECORD). The aim of the project is to develop a unified database with data from different neutron monitors collected together, in unified format and to provide a user with several commonly used data access methods. The database contains not only original cosmic ray data but also auxiliary data

I. Usoskin; Valery Kozlov; Sergei Starodubtsev; Alexey Turpanov; Victor Yanke

2003-01-01

173

Research in cosmic and gamma ray astrophysics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Research activities in cosmic rays, gamma rays, and astrophysical plasmas are covered. The activities are divided into sections and described, followed by a bibliography. The astrophysical aspects of cosmic rays, gamma rays, and of the radiation and electromagnetic field environment of the Earth and other planets are investigated. These investigations are performed by means of energetic particle and photon detector systems flown on spacecraft and balloons.

Stone, E. C.; Davis, L., Jr.; Mewaldt, R. A.; Prince, T. A.

1989-01-01

174

Local superbubble model of cosmic ray propagation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The consequences for cosmic ray phenomena of the solar system being inside a superbubble are explored. The superbubble is found to expand with time, thus causing the contained relativistic cosmic rays to lose energy. The local superbubble model offers a natural explanation for features in the high energy cosmic ray anisotropy and spectrum which occur around 10 to the 15th eV and which are due to failure of the superbubble wall to contain cosmic rays of high energy. In the energy range from 3 x 10 to the 14th eV to 10 to the 17th eV, the direction of the measured anisotropy indicates a net local flow from the nearby wall, whereas above 10 to the 17th eV the anisotropy direction is reversed, indicating a return to net outward flow of cosmic rays toward the local wall.

Streitmatter, R. E.; Balasubrahmanyan, V. K.; Ormes, J. F.; Protheroe, R. J.

1983-01-01

175

Anisotropy and Corotation of Galactic Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

The intensity of Galactic cosmic rays is nearly isotropic because of the influence of magnetic fields in the Milky Way. Here, we present two-dimensional high-precision anisotropy measurement for energies from a few to several hundred teraelectronvolts (TeV), using the large data sample of the Tibet Air Shower Arrays. Besides revealing finer details of the known anisotropies, a new component of Galactic cosmic ray anisotropy in sidereal time is uncovered around the Cygnus region direction. For cosmic-ray energies up to a few hundred TeV, all components of anisotropies fade away, showing a corotation of Galactic cosmic rays with the local Galactic magnetic environment. These results have broad implications for a comprehensive understanding of cosmic rays, supernovae, magnetic fields, and heliospheric and Galactic dynamic environments.

Tibet AS-gamma Collaboration; M. Amenomori

2006-10-23

176

High energy physics in cosmic rays  

SciTech Connect

In the first half-century of cosmic ray physics, the primary research focus was on elementary particles; the positron, pi-mesons, mu-mesons, and hyperons were discovered in cosmic rays. Much of this research was carried out at mountain elevations; Pic du Midi in the Pyrenees, Mt. Chacaltaya in Bolivia, and Mt. Evans/Echo Lake in Colorado, among other sites. In the 1960s, claims of the observation of free quarks, and satellite measurements of a significant rise in p-p cross sections, plus the delay in initiating accelerator construction programs for energies above 100 GeV, motivated the Michigan-Wisconsin group to undertake a serious cosmic ray program at Echo Lake. Subsequently, with the succession of higher energy accelerators and colliders at CERN and Fermilab, cosmic ray research has increasingly focused on cosmology and astrophysics, although some groups continue to study cosmic ray particle interactions in emulsion chambers.

Jones, Lawrence W. [University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States)

2013-02-07

177

High energy physics in cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the first half-century of cosmic ray physics, the primary research focus was on elementary particles; the positron, pi-mesons, mu-mesons, and hyperons were discovered in cosmic rays. Much of this research was carried out at mountain elevations; Pic du Midi in the Pyrenees, Mt. Chacaltaya in Bolivia, and Mt. Evans/Echo Lake in Colorado, among other sites. In the 1960s, claims of the observation of free quarks, and satellite measurements of a significant rise in p-p cross sections, plus the delay in initiating accelerator construction programs for energies above 100 GeV, motivated the Michigan-Wisconsin group to undertake a serious cosmic ray program at Echo Lake. Subsequently, with the succession of higher energy accelerators and colliders at CERN and Fermilab, cosmic ray research has increasingly focused on cosmology and astrophysics, although some groups continue to study cosmic ray particle interactions in emulsion chambers.

Jones, Lawrence W.

2013-02-01

178

Anisotropy and Corotation of Galactic Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

The intensity of Galactic cosmic rays is nearly isotropic because of the influence of magnetic fields in the Milky Way. Here, we present two-dimensional high-precision anisotropy measurement for energies from a few to several hundred teraelectronvolts (TeV), using the large data sample of the Tibet Air Shower Arrays. Besides revealing finer details of the known anisotropies, a new component of Galactic cosmic ray anisotropy in sidereal time is uncovered around the Cygnus region direction. For cosmic-ray energies up to a few hundred TeV, all components of anisotropies fade away, showing a corotation of Galactic cosmic rays with the local Galactic magnetic environment. These results have broad implications for a comprehensive understanding of cosmic rays, supernovae, magnetic fields, and heliospheric and Galactic dynamic environments.

Amenomori, M; Bi, X J; Chen, D; Cui, S W; Danzengluobu; Ding, L K; Ding, X H; Feng Cun Feng; Zhaoyang Feng; Feng, Z Y; Gao, X Y; Geng, Q X; Guo, H W; He, H H; He, M; Hibino, K; Hotta, N; Haibing, H; Hu, H B; Huang, J; Huang, Q; Jia, H Y; Kajino, F; Kasahara, K; Katayose, Y; Kato, C; Kawata, K; Labaciren; Le, G M; Li, A F; Li, J Y; Lou, Y Q; Lü, H; Lu, S L; Meng, X R; Mizutani, K; Mu, J; Munakata, K; Nagai, A; Nanjo, H; Nishizawa, M; Ohnishi, M; Ohta, I; Onuma, H; Ouchi, T; Ozawa, S; Ren, J R; Saitô, T; Saito, T Y; Sakata, M; Sako, T K; Sasaki, T; Shibata, M; Shiomi, A; Shirai, T; Sugimoto, H; Takita, M; Tan, Y H; Tateyama, N; Torii, S; Tsuchiya, H; Udo, S; Wang, B; Wang, H; Wang, X; Wang, Y G; Wu, H R; Xue Liang; Yamamoto, Y; Yan, C T; Yang, X C; Yasue, S; Ye, Z H; Yu, G C; Yuan, A F; Yuda, T; Zhang, H M; Zhang, J L; Zhang, N J; Zhang, X Y; Zhang, Y; Zhaxisangzhu; Zhou, X X

2006-01-01

179

Astrophysical Origins of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

In the first part of this review we discuss the basic observational features at the end of the cosmic ray energy spectrum. We also present there the main characteristics of each of the experiments involved in the detection of these particles. We then briefly discuss the status of the chemical composition and the distribution of arrival directions of cosmic rays. After that, we examine the energy losses during propagation, introducing the Greisen-Zaptsepin-Kuzmin (GZK) cutoff, and discuss the level of confidence with which each experiment have detected particles beyond the GZK energy limit. In the second part of the review, we discuss astrophysical environments able to accelerate particles up to such high energies, including active galactic nuclei, large scale galactic wind termination shocks, relativistic jets and hot-spots of Fanaroff-Riley radiogalaxies, pulsars, magnetars, quasar remnants, starbursts, colliding galaxies, and gamma ray burst fireballs. In the third part of the review we provide a brief summary of scenarios which try to explain the super-GZK events with the help of new physics beyond the standard model. In the last section, we give an overview on neutrino telescopes and existing limits on the energy spectrum and discuss some of the prospects for a new (multi-particle) astronomy. Finally, we outline how extraterrestrial neutrino fluxes can be used to probe new physics beyond the electroweak scale.

Diego F. Torres; Luis A. Anchordoqui

2004-02-16

180

SLAC Cosmic Ray Telescope Facility  

SciTech Connect

SLAC does not have a test beam for the HEP detector development at present. We have therefore created a cosmic ray telescope (CRT) facility, which is presently being used to test the FDIRC prototype. We have used it in the past to debug this prototype with the original SLAC electronics before going to the ESA test beam. Presently, it is used to test a new waveform digitizing electronics developed by the University of Hawaii, and we are also planning to incorporate the new Orsay TDC/ADC electronics. As a next step, we plan to put in a full size DIRC bar box with a new focusing optics, and test it together with a final SuberB electronics. The CRT is located in building 121 at SLAC. We anticipate more users to join in the future. This purpose of this note is to provide an introductory manual for newcomers.

Va'vra, J.

2010-02-15

181

Cosmic gamma-ray bursts  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A review of the cosmic gamma-ray burst phenomenon is presented. Both the light curves and the energy spectra of these short transient events display a great diversity. However, rapid rise times and periodicities sometimes observed in the light curves suggest a compact object origin. Similarly, absorption and emission features in the energy spectra argue strongly in favor of this interpretation. Counterparts to gamma-bursters in other energy ranges, such as optical and sort x-ray, have still not been identified, however, leading to a large uncertainty in the distances to bursters. Although gamma-ray burst sources have not yet been observed to repeat, numerous bursts from three objects which may be related to the gamma-bursters, called Soft Gamma Repeaters, have been recorded; there is weak evidence that they may be relatively distant on a galactic scale. Future missions, particularly those emphasizing high energy, time, and/or spatial resolution, as well as a multiwavelength approach, are likely to advance our understanding of this enigmatic phenomenon.

Hurley, K.

1991-01-01

182

Lunar monitoring outpost of cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The basic purpose of the planned NEUTRONIUM-100 experiment considers expansion of the direct measurements of cosmic rays spectra and anisotropy to the energy range of ~1017 eV with element-by-element resolution of the nuclear component. These measurements will make it possible to solve the problem of the “knee” of the spectrum and to make choice between the existing models of the cosmic rays origin and propagation. The proposed innovative method of energy measurements is based on the simultaneous detection of different components of back scattered radiation generated by showers produced by the primary particle in the regolyth (neutrons, gamma rays and radio waves). A multi-module system disposed on the Moon's surface is proposed for particles registration. Each module consists of a radio antenna, contiguous to the regolyth, scintillation detectors with gadolinium admixture and silicon charge detectors. Scintillation detectors record electrons and gamma-rays of back scattered radiation and delayed neutrons. The area of the experimental facility will be at least ~100 m2, suitable for upgrading. Average density of the detecting equipment is evaluated as 10-20 g/m2. Taking into account the weight of the equipment delivered from the Earth will be about 10 tons it is possible to compose an eqperimental facility with geometric factor of 150-300 m2sr. The Moon provides unique conditions for this experiment due to presence of the absorbing material and absence of atmosphere. The experiment will allow expansion of the measurements up to ~1017 eV with element-by-element resolution of the nuclear component. Currently direct measurements reach energy range of up to ~1015 eV, and Auger shower method does not provide information about the primary particle's charge. It is expected that ~15 particles with energy >1017 eV will be detected by the proposed experimental equipment per year. It will provide an opportunity to solve the problems of the current high-energy astrophysics.

Panasyuk, Mikhail; Kalmykov, Nikolai; Turundaevskiy, Andrey; Chubenko, Alexander; Podorozhny, Dmitry; Mukhamedshin, Rauf; Sveshnikova, Lubov; Tkachev, Leonid; Konstantinov, Andrey

183

Cosmic ray studies with the gamma-ray observatory  

SciTech Connect

Even prior to the first undisputed observations of the diffuse galactic gamma-ray emission, it was well understood that the dominant contribution to the observed galactic gamma-ray emission above 100 MeV would be that due to the decay of neutral pi-mesons resulting from the interaction of the galactic cosmic rays with the interstellar gas. The first unambiguous detection of this radiation was made in 1968 by the OSO-3 counter telescope{sup 1}, and details sufficient to allow preliminary studies of the implications of the observations were provided by the spark chamber experiments aboard NASA SAS-2 satellite{sup 2} ad by the ESA COS-B mission{sup 3}. Many theoretical and observational studies have addressed this question since these initial explorations, but interpretation has been hampered by limited angular resolution in the observations, lack of broad band spectral coverage and insufficient information on the interstellar gas distribution, and contributions from discrete gamma-ray sources. This paper will give details on how the instruments aboard the Gamma-Ray Observatory will provide the details necessary to resolve these problems and aid significantly in determining the distribution of both cosmic-ray nucleons and electrons throughout the galaxy.

Kniffen, D.A. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (US))

1990-03-20

184

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Stochastic simulation of cosmic ray modulation: Effect of a wavy HCS  

E-print Network

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Stochastic simulation of cosmic ray modulation: Effect of the heliospheric transport of galactic cosmic rays. Using an analytical solution for the flat sheet, we apply ray spectrum and the dominant streaming patterns of cosmic rays in the heliosphere for different solar

Usoskin, Ilya G.

185

Cosmic Rays from Gamma Ray Bursts in the Galaxy  

E-print Network

The rate of terrestrial irradiation events by galactic gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) is estimated using recent standard-energy results. We assume that GRBs accelerate high-energy cosmic rays, and present results of three-dimensional simulations of cosmic rays moving in the Galactic magnetic field and diffusing through pitch-angle scattering. An on-axis GRB extinction event begins with a powerful prompt gamma-ray and neutron pulse, followed by a longer-lived phase from cosmic-ray protons and neutron-decay protons that diffuse towards Earth. Our results force a reinterpretation of reported ~ 10^{18} eV cosmic-ray anisotropies and offer a rigorous test of the model where high-energy cosmic rays originate from GRBs, which will soon be tested with the Auger Observatory.

Charles D. Dermer; Jeremy M. Holmes

2005-04-06

186

Gamma Rays from Clusters of Galaxies: Dark Matter versus Cosmic Rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

Clusters of galaxies have so far not been detected at gamma ray frequencies. However, clusters are likely to host significant gamma ray emissions from cosmic ray interactions with the intra-cluster medium. Additionally, being the largest bound dark matter structures in the Universe, clusters could source a sizable gamma ray signal from dark matter pair annhilation or decay. We explore, for

Stefano Profumo; J. Kehayias; T. Jeltema

2008-01-01

187

Cosmic Rays Variations and Human Physiological State  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It was obtained in our previous investigations that geomagnetic activity as an indirect indicator of solar activity correlates with some human physiological and psycho-physiological parameters. A lot of studies indicate that other parameters of space weather like cosmic rays Forbush decreases affect myocardial infarction, brain stroke, car accidents, etc. The purpose of that work was to study the effect of cosmic rays variations on human physiological status. It was established that the decrease in cosmic rays intensity was related to an increase in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and reported subjective psycho-physiological complaints in healthy volunteers.

Dimitrova, S.

2009-12-01

188

High-Energy Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos from Gamma-Ray Bursts  

E-print Network

A complete model for the origin of high-energy >~10^{14} eV) cosmic rays from gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and implications of this hypothesis are described. Detection of high-energy neutrinos from GRBs provide an unambiguous test of the model. Evidence for cosmic-ray acceleration in GRBs is suggested by the detection of anomalous gamma-ray components such as that observed from GRB 941017. Neutron beta-decay halos around star-forming galaxies such as the Milky Way are formed as a consequence of this model. Cosmic rays from GRBs in the Galaxy are unlikely to account for the ~10^{18} eV cosmic-ray excess reported by the Sydney University Giant Air Shower Recorder (SUGAR), but could contribute to past extinction events.

C. Dermer

2005-06-16

189

DISTINGUISHING SPONTANEOUS FISSION NEUTRONS FROM COSMIC-RAY BACKGROUND.  

SciTech Connect

We have measured the neutron spectra of cosmic-rays and a spontaneous fission emitting source (Cf-252) using a neutron double scatter spectrometer. The energy range of measurements was 0.1-10 MeV where the spectrometer efficiency is determined to be up to 8.7% depending on the separation between detection planes. Our cosmic-ray neutron spectrum measurement is in good agreement with the sea-level data reported by Goldhagen and his co-workers. In the energy range 0.1-1.0 MeV, the cosmic-ray and Cf-252 spectra are different and separable. This difference is expected from the applicable models that describe the phenomena, ''equilibrium slowing down'' (cosmic-rays) and ''Maxwellian kinetic temperature'' emission (spontaneous fission). We show that >80% of Cf-252 neutrons and <25% of cosmic-ray related neutrons are emitted in this energy range of measurement, and conclude that neutron spectroscopy provides effective ways to distinguish a fission source from the cosmic-ray background.

FORMAN,L.

2004-08-02

190

Cosmic-ray positrons: are there primary sources?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Galactic cosmic rays consist of primary and secondary particles. Primary cosmic rays are thought to be energized by first order Fermi acceleration processes at supernova shock fronts within our Galaxy. The cosmic rays that eventually reach the Earth from this source are mainly protons and atomic nuclei, but also include electrons. Secondary cosmic rays are created in collisions of primary

Stéphane Coutu; Steven W. Barwick; James J. Beatty; Amit Bhattacharyya; Chuck R. Bower; Christopher J. Chaput; Georgia A. de Nolfo; Michael A. DuVernois; Allan Labrador; Shawn P. McKee; Dietrich Müller; James A. Musser; Scott L. Nutter; Eric Schneider; Simon P. Swordy; Gregory Tarlé; Andrew D. Tomasch; Eric Torbet

1999-01-01

191

The Cosmic Ray Measurements Above 1 TeV  

E-print Network

The Cosmic Ray Measurements Above 1 TeV Shigeru Yoshida Institute for Cosmic Ray Research of cosmic rays with energies above 1 TeV (10 12 eV). Most of the measurements are consistent with our baseline picture of origins of the cosmic rays that the higher energy extragalactic component is starting

Yoshida, Shigeru

192

A Simplified Model for the Acceleration of Cosmic Ray Particles  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Two important questions concerning cosmic rays are: Why are electrons in the cosmic rays less efficiently accelerated than nuclei? How are particles accelerated to great energies in ultra-high energy cosmic rays? In order to answer these questions we construct a simple model of the acceleration of a charged particle in the cosmic ray. It is not…

Gron, Oyvind

2010-01-01

193

Cosmic neutrinos and their detection  

E-print Network

The standard Big-Bang theory predicts a cosmic neutrino background with an average number density of $\\sim 100/cm^3$ per flavor. The most promising way of its detection is measuring the feeble ``neutrino wind'' forces exerted on macroscopic targets. The expected acceleration is $\\sim 10^{-23} cm/s^2$ for Dirac neutrinos with a local number density $\\sim 10^7/cm^3$. A novel torsion balance design is presented, which addresses the sensitivity-limiting factors of existing balances, such as seismic and thermal noise, and angular readout resolution and stability.

C. Hagmann

1999-05-20

194

Cosmogenic gamma rays and the composition of cosmic rays  

SciTech Connect

We discuss the prospects of detecting the sources of ultrahigh energy (UHE) cosmic ray (CR) nuclei via their emission of cosmogenic {gamma} rays in the GeV to TeV energy range. These {gamma} rays result from electromagnetic cascades initiated by high energy photons, electrons, and positrons that are emitted by CRs during their propagation in the cosmic radiation background and are independent of the simultaneous emission of {gamma} rays in the vicinity of the source. The corresponding production power by UHE CR nuclei (with mass number A and charge Z) is dominated by pion photo production ({proportional_to}A) and Bethe-Heitler pair production ({proportional_to}Z{sup 2}). We show that the cosmogenic {gamma}-ray signal from a single steady UHE CR source is typically more robust with respect to variations of the source composition and injection spectrum than the accompanying signal of cosmogenic neutrinos. We study the diffuse emission from the sum of extragalactic CR sources as well as the point-source emission of the closest sources.

Ahlers, Markus [C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794-3840 (United States); Salvado, Jordi [Departament d'Estructura i Constituents de la Materia and Institut de Ciencies del Cosmos, Universitat de Barcelona, 647 Diagonal, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain)

2011-10-15

195

The Lateral Trigger Probability function for the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Ray showers detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper we introduce the concept of Lateral Trigger Probability (LTP) function, i.e., the probability for an Extensive Air Shower (EAS) to trigger an individual detector of a ground based array as a function of distance to the shower axis, taking into account energy, mass and direction of the primary cosmic ray. We apply this concept to the surface array of the Pierre Auger Observatory consisting of a 1.5 km spaced grid of about 1600 water Cherenkov stations. Using Monte Carlo simulations of ultra-high energy showers the LTP functions are derived for energies in the range between 1017 and 1019 eV and zenith angles up to 65°. A parametrization combining a step function with an exponential is found to reproduce them very well in the considered range of energies and zenith angles. The LTP functions can also be obtained from data using events simultaneously observed by the fluorescence and the surface detector of the Pierre Auger Observatory (hybrid events). We validate the Monte Carlo results showing how LTP functions from data are in good agreement with simulations.

Pierre Auger Collaboration; Abreu, P.; Aglietta, M.; Ahn, E. J.; Albuquerque, I. F. M.; Allard, D.; Allekotte, I.; Allen, J.; Allison, P.; Alvarez Castillo, J.; Alvarez-Muñiz, J.; Ambrosio, M.; Aminaei, A.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andringa, S.; Anti?i?, T.; Anzalone, A.; Aramo, C.; Arganda, E.; Arqueros, F.; Asorey, H.; Assis, P.; Aublin, J.; Ave, M.; Avenier, M.; Avila, G.; Bäcker, T.; Balzer, M.; Barber, K. B.; Barbosa, A. F.; Bardenet, R.; Barroso, S. L. C.; Baughman, B.; Bäuml, J.; Beatty, J. J.; Becker, B. R.; Becker, K. H.; Bellétoile, A.; Bellido, J. A.; Benzvi, S.; Berat, C.; Bertou, X.; Biermann, P. L.; Billoir, P.; Blanco, F.; Blanco, M.; Bleve, C.; Blümer, H.; Bohá?ová, M.; Boncioli, D.; Bonifazi, C.; Bonino, R.; Borodai, N.; Brack, J.; Brogueira, P.; Brown, W. C.; Bruijn, R.; Buchholz, P.; Bueno, A.; Burton, R. E.; Caballero-Mora, K. S.; Caramete, L.; Caruso, R.; Castellina, A.; Catalano, O.; Cataldi, G.; Cazon, L.; Cester, R.; Chauvin, J.; Cheng, S. H.; Chiavassa, A.; Chinellato, J. A.; Chou, A.; Chudoba, J.; Clay, R. W.; Coluccia, M. R.; Conceição, R.; Contreras, F.; Cook, H.; Cooper, M. J.; Coppens, J.; Cordier, A.; Cotti, U.; Coutu, S.; Covault, C. E.; Creusot, A.; Criss, A.; Cronin, J.; Curutiu, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; Dallier, R.; Dasso, S.; Daumiller, K.; Dawson, B. R.; de Almeida, R. M.; de Domenico, M.; de Donato, C.; de Jong, S. J.; de La Vega, G.; de Mello Junior, W. J. M.; de Mello Neto, J. R. T.; de Mitri, I.; de Souza, V.; de Vries, K. D.; Decerprit, G.; Del Peral, L.; Deligny, O.; Dembinski, H.; Dhital, N.; di Giulio, C.; Diaz, J. C.; Díaz Castro, M. L.; Diep, P. N.; Dobrigkeit, C.; Docters, W.; D'Olivo, J. C.; Dong, P. N.; Dorofeev, A.; Dos Anjos, J. C.; Dova, M. T.; D'Urso, D.; Dutan, I.; Ebr, J.; Engel, R.; Erdmann, M.; Escobar, C. O.; Etchegoyen, A.; Facal San Luis, P.; Fajardo Tapia, I.; Falcke, H.; Farrar, G.; Fauth, A. C.; Fazzini, N.; Ferguson, A. P.; Ferrero, A.; Fick, B.; Filevich, A.; Filip?i?, A.; Fliescher, S.; Fracchiolla, C. E.; Fraenkel, E. D.; Fröhlich, U.; Fuchs, B.; Gaior, R.; Gamarra, R. F.; Gambetta, S.; García, B.; García Gámez, D.; Garcia-Pinto, D.; Gascon, A.; Gemmeke, H.; Gesterling, K.; Ghia, P. L.; Giaccari, U.; Giller, M.; Glass, H.; Gold, M. S.; Golup, G.; Gomez Albarracin, F.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Gonçalves, P.; Gonzalez, D.; Gonzalez, J. G.; Gookin, B.; Góra, D.; Gorgi, A.; Gouffon, P.; Gozzini, S. R.; Grashorn, E.; Grebe, S.; Griffith, N.; Grigat, M.; Grillo, A. F.; Guardincerri, Y.; Guarino, F.; Guedes, G. P.; Guzman, A.; Hague, J. D.; Hansen, P.; Harari, D.; Harmsma, S.; Harton, J. L.; Haungs, A.; Hebbeker, T.; Heck, D.; Herve, A. E.; Hojvat, C.; Hollon, N.; Holmes, V. C.; Homola, P.; Hörandel, J. R.; Horneffer, A.; Hrabovský, M.; Huege, T.; Insolia, A.; Ionita, F.; Italiano, A.; Jarne, C.; Jiraskova, S.; Kadija, K.; Kampert, K. H.; Karhan, P.; Kasper, P.; Kégl, B.; Keilhauer, B.; Keivani, A.; Kelley, J. L.; Kemp, E.; Kieckhafer, R. M.; Klages, H. O.; Kleifges, M.; Kleinfeller, J.; Knapp, J.; Koang, D.-H.; Kotera, K.; Krohm, N.; Krömer, O.; Kruppke-Hansen, D.; Kuehn, F.; Kuempel, D.; Kulbartz, J. K.; Kunka, N.; La Rosa, G.; Lachaud, C.; Lautridou, P.; Leão, M. S. A. B.; Lebrun, D.; Lebrun, P.; Leigui de Oliveira, M. A.; Lemiere, A.; Letessier-Selvon, A.; Lhenry-Yvon, I.; Link, K.; López, R.; Lopez Agüera, A.; Louedec, K.; Lozano Bahilo, J.; Lucero, A.; Ludwig, M.; Lyberis, H.; Maccarone, M. C.; Macolino, C.; Maldera, S.; Mandat, D.; Mantsch, P.; Mariazzi, A. G.; Marin, J.; Marin, V.; Maris, I. C.; Marquez Falcon, H. R.; Marsella, G.; Martello, D.; Martin, L.; Martinez, H.; Martínez Bravo, O.; Mathes, H. J.; Matthews, J.; Matthews, J. A. J.; Matthiae, G.; Maurizio, D.; Mazur, P. O.; Medina-Tanco, G.; Melissas, M.; Melo, D.; Menichetti, E.; Menshikov, A.; Mertsch, P.; Meurer, C.; Mi?anovi?, S.; Micheletti, M. I.; Miller, W.; Miramonti, L.; Mollerach, S.; Monasor, M.; Monnier Ragaigne, D.; Montanet, F.; Morales, B.; Morello, C.; Moreno, E.; Moreno, J. C.; Morris, C.; Mostafá, M.; Moura, C. A.; Mueller, S.; Muller, M. A.; Müller, G.; Münchmeyer, M.; Mussa, R.; Navarra, G.; Navarro, J. L.; Navas, S.; Necesal, P.; Nellen, L.; Nelles, A.; Nhung, P. T.; Niemietz, L.; Nierstenhoefer, N.; Nitz, D.; Nosek, D.; Nožka, L.; Nyklicek, M.; Oehlschläger, J.; Olinto, A.; Oliva, P.; Olmos-Gilbaja, V. M.; Ortiz, M.; Pacheco, N.; Pakk Selmi-Dei, D.; Palatka, M.; Pallotta, J.; Palmieri, N.; Parente, G.; Parizot, E.; Parra, A.; Parsons, R. D.; Pastor, S.; Paul, T.; Pech, M.; P?kala, J.; Pelayo, R.; Pepe, I. M.; Perrone, L.; Pesce, R.; Petermann, E.; Petrera, S.; Petrinca, P.; Petrolini, A.; Petrov, Y.; Petrovic, J.; Pfendner, C.; Phan, N.; Piegaia, R.; Pierog, T.; Pieroni, P.; Pimenta, M.; Pirronello, V.

2011-12-01

196

The Lateral Trigger Probability function for the ultra-high energy cosmic ray showers detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory  

SciTech Connect

In this paper we introduce the concept of Lateral Trigger Probability (LTP) function, i.e., the probability for an Extensive Air Shower (EAS) to trigger an individual detector of a ground based array as a function of distance to the shower axis, taking into account energy, mass and direction of the primary cosmic ray. We apply this concept to the surface array of the Pierre Auger Observatory consisting of a 1.5 km spaced grid of about 1600 water Cherenkov stations. Using Monte Carlo simulations of ultra-high energy showers the LTP functions are derived for energies in the range between 10{sup 17} and 10{sup 19} eV and zenith angles up to 65{sup o}. A parametrization combining a step function with an exponential is found to reproduce them very well in the considered range of energies and zenith angles. The LTP functions can also be obtained from data using events simultaneously observed by the fluorescence and the surface detector of the Pierre Auger Observatory (hybrid events). We validate the Monte Carlo results showing how LTP functions from data are in good agreement with simulations.

Abreu, P.; /Lisbon, IST /Lisbon, LIFEP; Aglietta, M.; /INFN, Turin /Turin Observ. /Turin U.; Ahn, E.J.; /Fermilab; Albuquerque, I.F.M.; /Sao Paulo U.; Allard, D.; /APC, Paris; Allekotte, I.; /Centro Atomico Bariloche /Balseiro Inst., San Carlos de Bariloche; Allen, J.; /New York U.; Allison, P.; /Ohio State U.; Alvarez Castillo, J.; /Mexico U.; Alvarez-Muniz, J.; /Santiago de Compostela U.; Ambrosio, M.; /INFN, Naples /Naples U. /Nijmegen U., IMAPP

2011-01-01

197

The Lateral Trigger Probability function for the Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Ray Showers detected by the Pierre Auger Observatory  

E-print Network

In this paper we introduce the concept of Lateral Trigger Probability (LTP) function, i.e., the probability for an extensive air shower (EAS) to trigger an individual detector of a ground based array as a function of distance to the shower axis, taking into account energy, mass and direction of the primary cosmic ray. We apply this concept to the surface array of the Pierre Auger Observatory consisting of a 1.5 km spaced grid of about 1600 water Cherenkov stations. Using Monte Carlo simulations of ultra-high energy showers the LTP functions are derived for energies in the range between 10^{17} and 10^{19} eV and zenith angles up to 65 degs. A parametrization combining a step function with an exponential is found to reproduce them very well in the considered range of energies and zenith angles. The LTP functions can also be obtained from data using events simultaneously observed by the fluorescence and the surface detector of the Pierre Auger Observatory (hybrid events). We validate the Monte-Carlo results showing how LTP functions from data are in good agreement with simulations.

The Pierre Auger Collaboration; P. Abreu; M. Aglietta; E. J. Ahn; I. F. M. Albuquerque; D. Allard; I. Allekotte; J. Allen; P. Allison; J. Alvarez Castillo; J. Alvarez-Muñiz; M. Ambrosio; A. Aminaei; L. Anchordoqui; S. Andringa; T. Anti?i?; A. Anzalone; C. Aramo; E. Arganda; F. Arqueros; H. Asorey; P. Assis; J. Aublin; M. Ave; M. Avenier; G. Avila; T. Bäcker; M. Balzer; K. B. Barber; A. F. Barbosa; R. Bardenet; S. L. C. Barroso; B. Baughman; J. Bäuml; J. J. Beatty; B. R. Becker; K. H. Becker; A. Bellétoile; J. A. Bellido; S. BenZvi; C. Berat; X. Bertou; P. L. Biermann; P. Billoir; F. Blanco; M. Blanco; C. Bleve; H. Blümer; M. Bohá?ová; D. Boncioli; C. Bonifazi; R. Bonino; N. Borodai; J. Brack; P. Brogueira; W. C. Brown; R. Bruijn; P. Buchholz; A. Bueno; R. E. Burton; K. S. Caballero-Mora; L. Caramete; R. Caruso; A. Castellina; O. Catalano; G. Cataldi; L. Cazon; R. Cester; J. Chauvin; S. H. Cheng; A. Chiavassa; J. A. Chinellato; A. Chou; J. Chudoba; R. W. Clay; M. R. Coluccia; R. Conceição; F. Contreras; H. Cook; M. J. Cooper; J. Coppens; A. Cordier; S. Coutu; C. E. Covault; A. Creusot; A. Criss; J. Cronin; A. Curutiu; S. Dagoret-Campagne; R. Dallier; S. Dasso; K. Daumiller; B. R. Dawson; R. M. de Almeida; M. De Domenico; C. De Donato; S. J. de Jong; G. De La Vega; W. J. M. de Mello Junior; J. R. T. de Mello Neto; I. De Mitri; V. de Souza; K. D. de Vries; G. Decerprit; L. del Peral; M. del Río; O. Deligny; H. Dembinski; N. Dhital; C. Di Giulio; J. C. Diaz; M. L. Díaz Castro; P. N. Diep; C. Dobrigkeit; W. Docters; J. C. D'Olivo; P. N. Dong; A. Dorofeev; J. C. dos Anjos; M. T. Dova; D. D'Urso; I. Dutan; J. Ebr; R. Engel; M. Erdmann; C. O. Escobar; J. Espadanal; A. Etchegoyen; P. Facal San Luis; I. Fajardo Tapia; H. Falcke; G. Farrar; A. C. Fauth; N. Fazzini; A. P. Ferguson; A. Ferrero; B. Fick; A. Filevich; A. Filip?i?; S. Fliescher; C. E. Fracchiolla; E. D. Fraenkel; U. Fröhlich; B. Fuchs; R. Gaior; R. F. Gamarra; S. Gambetta; B. García; D. García Gámez; D. Garcia-Pinto; A. Gascon; H. Gemmeke; K. Gesterling; P. L. Ghia; U. Giaccari; M. Giller; H. Glass; M. S. Gold; G. Golup; F. Gomez Albarracin; M. Gómez Berisso; P. Gonçalves; D. Gonzalez; J. G. Gonzalez; B. Gookin; D. Góra; A. Gorgi; P. Gouffon; S. R. Gozzini; E. Grashorn; S. Grebe; N. Griffith; M. Grigat; A. F. Grillo; Y. Guardincerri; F. Guarino; G. P. Guedes; A. Guzman; J. D. Hague; P. Hansen; D. Harari; S. Harmsma; J. L. Harton; A. Haungs; T. Hebbeker; D. Heck; A. E. Herve; C. Hojvat; N. Hollon; V. C. Holmes; P. Homola; J. R. Hörandel; A. Horneffer; M. Hrabovský; T. Huege; A. Insolia; F. Ionita; A. Italiano; C. Jarne; S. Jiraskova; M. Josebachuili; K. Kadija; K. H. Kampert; P. Karhan; P. Kasper; B. Kégl; B. Keilhauer; A. Keivani; J. L. Kelley; E. Kemp; R. M. Kieckhafer; H. O. Klages; M. Kleifges; J. Kleinfeller; J. Knapp; D. -H. Koang; K. Kotera; N. Krohm; O. Krömer; D. Kruppke-Hansen; F. Kuehn; D. Kuempel; J. K. Kulbartz; N. Kunka; G. La Rosa; C. Lachaud; P. Lautridou; M. S. A. B. Leão; D. Lebrun; P. Lebrun; M. A. Leigui de Oliveira; A. Lemiere; A. Letessier-Selvon; I. Lhenry-Yvon; K. Link; R. López; A. Lopez Agüera; K. Louedec; J. Lozano Bahilo; L. Lu; A. Lucero; M. Ludwig; H. Lyberis; M. C. Maccarone; C. Macolino; S. Maldera; D. Mandat; P. Mantsch; A. G. Mariazzi; J. Marin; V. Marin; I. C. Maris; H. R. Marquez Falcon; G. Marsella; D. Martello; L. Martin; H. Martinez; O. Martínez Bravo; H. J. Mathes; J. Matthews; J. A. J. Matthews; G. Matthiae; D. Maurizio; P. O. Mazur; G. Medina-Tanco; M. Melissas; D. Melo; E. Menichetti; A. Menshikov; P. Mertsch; C. Meurer; S. Mi?anovi?; M. I. Micheletti; W. Miller; L. Miramonti; L. Molina-Bueno; S. Mollerach; M. Monasor; D. Monnier Ragaigne; F. Montanet; B. Morales; C. Morello; E. Moreno; J. C. Moreno; C. Morris; M. Mostafá; C. A. Moura; S. Mueller; M. A. Muller; G. Müller; M. Münchmeyer; R. Mussa; G. Navarra ‡; J. L. Navarro; S. Navas; P. Necesal; L. Nellen; A. Nelles; J. Neuser; P. T. Nhung; L. Niemietz; N. Nierstenhoefer; D. Nitz; D. Nosek; L. Nožka; M. Nyklicek; J. Oehlschläger; A. Olinto; P. Oliva; V. M. Olmos-Gilbaja; M. Ortiz; N. Pacheco; D. Pakk Selmi-Dei; M. Palatka; J. Pallotta; N. Palmieri; G. Parente; E. Parizot; A. Parra; R. D. Parsons; S. Pastor; T. Paul; M. Pech; J. P?kala; R. Pelayo; I. M. Pepe; L. Perrone; R. Pesce; E. Petermann; S. Petrera; P. Petrinca; A. Petrolini; Y. Petrov; J. Petrovic; C. Pfendner; N. Phan; R. Piegaia; T. Pierog; P. Pieroni; M. Pimenta; V. Pirronello; M. Platino; V. H. Ponce; M. Pontz; P. Privitera; M. Prouza; E. J. Quel; S. Querchfeld; J. Rautenberg; O. Ravel; D. Ravignani; B. Revenu; J. Ridky; S. Riggi; M. Risse; P. Ristori; H. Rivera; V. Rizi; J. Roberts; C. Robledo; W. Rodrigues de Carvalho; G. Rodriguez; J. Rodriguez Martino; J. Rodriguez Rojo

2011-11-28

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EDITORIAL: Focus on High Energy Cosmic Rays FOCUS ON HIGH ENERGY COSMIC RAYS  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The topic of high-energy cosmic rays has recently attracted significant attention. While the AGASA and HiRes Observatories have closed after many years of successful operation, the Pierre Auger Observatory began taking data in January 2004 and the first results have been reported. Plans for the next generation of instruments are in hand: funding is now being sought for the northern phase of the Auger Observatory and plans for a space detector, JEM-EUSO, to be launched in 2013-14 are well advanced with the long-term target of a dedicated satellite for the 2020s. It therefore seemed an appropriate time to make a collection of outstanding and original research articles from the leading experimental groups and from some of the theorists who seek to interpret the hard-won data and to speculate on the origin of the highest energy cosmic rays. This focus issue in New Journal of Physics on the topic of high energy cosmic rays, contains a comprehensive account of the work of the Yakutsk group (A A Ivanov, S P Knurenko and I Ye Sleptsov) who have used Cerenkov radiation produced by shower particles in the air to provide the basis for energy calibration. This technique contrasts with that of detecting fluorescence radiation from space that is proposed for the JEM-EUSO instrument to be placed on the International Space Station in 2013, described by Y Takahashi. Supplementing this is an article by A Santangelo and A Petrolini describing the scientific goals, requirements and main instrument features of the Super Extreme Universe Space Observatory mission (S-EUSO). The use of fluorescence light to measure energies was the key component of the HiRes instrument and is also used extensively by the Pierre Auger Collaboration so an article, by F Arqueros, F Blanco and J Rosado, summarizing the properties of fluorescence emission, still not fully understood, is timely. M Nagano, one of the architects of the AGASA Observatory, has provided an overview of the experimental situation with regard to the energy spectrum of the highest energy cosmic rays. The remaining contributions are of a more theoretical nature and discuss propagation (T Stanev), the time structure of multi-messenger signals (G H W Sigl), ultra-high energy cosmic ray production near black holes (A Yu Neronov, D V Semikoz and I I Tkachev), production in jets associated with black holes (C D Dermer, S Razzaque, J Finke and A Atoyan) and emission from a specific object, Cen A (M Kachelriess, S S Ostapchenko and R Tomas). Additionally the potential of high energy cosmic rays to give information about features of hadronic interactions, specifically the cross-section for p-air collisions, is discussed in the paper by R Ulrich et al. We thank all our authors most sincerely for their efforts and Tim Smith and his editorial team for their hard work. We believe that this collection of articles will be of great value to workers in the field: further contributions to this focus issue will be published during the course of 2009. Focus on High Energy Cosmic Rays Contents The cosmic ray energy spectrum as measured using the Pierre Auger Observatory Giorgio Matthiae The northern site of the Pierre Auger Observatory Johannes Blümer and the Pierre Auger Collaboration Searching for new physics with ultrahigh energy cosmic rays Floyd W Stecker and Sean T Scully On the measurement of the proton-air cross section using air shower data R Ulrich, J Blümer, R Engel, F Schüssler and M Unger High energy radiation from Centaurus A M Kachelrieß, S Ostapchenko and R Tomàs Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays from black hole jets of radio galaxies C D Dermer, S Razzaque, J D Finke and A Atoyan Ultra-high energy cosmic ray production in the polar cap regions of black hole magnetospheres A Yu Neronov, D V Semikoz and I I Tkachev Time structure and multi-messenger signatures of ultra-high energy cosmic ray sources Günter Sigl Propagation of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays Todor Stanev Search for the end of the energy spectrum of primary cosmic rays M Nagano Analysis of the fluorescence emission from atmospheric ni

Teshima, Masahiro; Watson, Alan A.

2009-06-01

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High and ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

The proceedings of the All-Union Conference on Cosmic Rays held in Dagomys, November 1-3, 1990, are briefly reviewed. In particular, attention is given to studies of the energy spectrum of primary cosmic rays in the region of the high energy limit (greater than 10 to the 19th eV); search for high-energy gamma sources; and methods of separating air showers from

N. N. Kalmykov; G. V. Kulikov

1991-01-01

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IMF Prediction with Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic rays impacting Earth have passed through and interacted with the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) surrounding Earth, and in some sense they carry information on the three-dimensional structure of that field. This work uses neutron monitor data in an effort to extract that information and use it to predict the future behavior of the IMF, especially the north-south component (Bz) which is so crucial in determining geomagnetic activity. We consider 161 events from a published list of interplanetary coronal mass ejections and compare hourly averages of the predicted field with the actual field measured later. We find that the percentage of events with 'good' predictions of Bz (in the sense of having a positive correlation between the prediction and the subsequent measurement) varies from about 85% for predictions 1 hour into the future to about 60% for predictions 4 hours into the future. We present several ideas for how the method might be improved in future implementations. Supported by NASA grant NNX08AQ01G and NSF grant ANT-0739620.

Bieber, J. W.; Evenson, P. A.; Kuwabara, T.; Pei, C.

2013-12-01

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28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 3851 A 2D stochastic simulation of galactic cosmic rays transport  

E-print Network

28th International Cosmic Ray Conference 3851 A 2D stochastic simulation of galactic cosmic rays, Russia. Abstract We present a new code to numerically simulate the transport of galactic cosmic rays Galactic cosmic rays suffer from modulation in the heliosphere. Basic modulation mechanisms are diffusion

Usoskin, Ilya G.

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Reminiscences of cosmic ray research in Mexico  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic ray research in Mexico dates from the early 1930s with the work of the pioneering physicist, Manuel Sandoval Vallarta and his students from Mexico. Several experiments of international significance were carried out during that period in Mexico: they dealt with the geomagnetic latitude effect, the north-south and west-east asymmetry of cosmic ray intensity, and the sign of the charge of cosmic rays. The international cosmic ray community has met twice in Mexico for the International Cosmic Ray Conferences (ICRC): the fourth was held in Guanajuato in 1955, and the 30th took place in Mérida, in 2007. In addition, an international meeting on the Pierre Auger Collaboration was held in Morelia in 1999, and the International Workshop on Observing UHE Cosmic Rays took place in Metepec in 2000. A wide range of research topics has been developed, from low-energy Solar Energetic Particles (SEP) to the UHE. Instrumentation has evolved since the early 1950s, from a Simpson type neutron monitor installed in Mexico City (2300 m asl) to a solar neutron telescope and an EAS Cherenkov array, (within the framework of the Auger International Collaboration), both at present operating on Mt. Sierra La Negra in the state of Puebla (4580 m asl). Research collaboration has been undertaken with many countries; in particular, the long-term collaboration with Russian scientists has been very fruitful.

Pérez-Peraza, Jorge

2009-11-01

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Contributions to the 19th International Cosmic Ray Conference  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Various aspects of cosmic radiation, its measurements and their patterns are presented. Measurement techniques and variations in solar cosmic ray patterns and calculations of elemental abundances are reviewed.

1985-01-01

204

CTA and cosmic-ray diffusion in molecular clouds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Molecular clouds act as primary targets for cosmic-ray interactions and are expected to shine in gamma-rays as a by-product of these interactions. Indeed several detected gamma-ray sources both in HE and VHE gamma-rays (HE: 100 MeV < E < 100 GeV; VHE: E > 100 GeV) have been directly or indirectly associated with molecular clouds. Information on the local diffusion coefficient and the local cosmic-ray population can be deduced from the observed gamma-ray signals. In this work we concentrate on the capability of the forthcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTA) to provide such measurements. We investigate the expected emission from clouds hosting an accelerator, exploring the parameter space for different modes of acceleration, age of the source, cloud density profile, and cosmic ray diffusion coefficient. We present some of the most interesting cases for CTA regarding this science topic. The simulated gamma-ray fluxes depend strongly on the input parameters. In some cases, from CTA data it will be possible to constrain both the properties of the accelerator and the propagation mode of cosmic rays in the cloud.

Pedaletti, G.; Torres, D. F.; Gabici, S.; de Oña Wilhelmi, E.; Mazin, D.; Stamatescu, V.

2012-12-01

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Diffuse Galactic gamma rays from shock-accelerated cosmic rays.  

PubMed

A shock-accelerated particle flux is proportional to p(-s), where p is the particle momentum, follows from simple theoretical considerations of cosmic-ray acceleration at nonrelativistic shocks followed by rigidity-dependent escape into the Galactic halo. A flux of shock-accelerated cosmic-ray protons with s?2.8 provides an adequate fit to the Fermi Large Area Telescope ?-ray emission spectra of high-latitude and molecular cloud gas when uncertainties in nuclear production models are considered. A break in the spectrum of cosmic-ray protons claimed by Neronov, Semikoz, and Taylor [Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 051105 (2012)] when fitting the ?-ray spectra of high-latitude molecular clouds is a consequence of using a cosmic-ray proton flux described by a power law in kinetic energy. PMID:23002818

Dermer, Charles D

2012-08-31

206

The galactic cosmic ray ionization rate  

PubMed Central

The chemistry that occurs in the interstellar medium in response to cosmic ray ionization is summarized, and a review of the ionization rates that have been derived from measurements of molecular abundances is presented. The successful detection of large abundances of H3+ in diffuse clouds and the recognition that dissociative recombination of H3+ is fast has led to an upward revision of the derived ionization rates. In dense clouds the molecular abundances are sensitive to the depletion of carbon monoxide, atomic oxygen, nitrogen, water, and metals and the presence of large molecules and grains. Measurements of the relative abundances of deuterated species provide information about the ion removal mechanisms, but uncertainties remain. The models, both of dense and diffuse clouds, that are used to interpret the observations may be seriously inadequate. Nevertheless, it appears that the ionization rates differ in dense and diffuse clouds and in the intercloud medium. PMID:16894166

Dalgarno, A.

2006-01-01

207

Gamma rays from clusters and groups of galaxies: Cosmic rays versus dark matter  

SciTech Connect

Clusters of galaxies have not yet been detected at gamma-ray frequencies; however, the recently launched Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly known as GLAST, could provide the first detections in the near future. Clusters are expected to emit gamma rays as a result of (1) a population of high-energy cosmic rays fueled by accretion, merger shocks, active galactic nuclei, and supernovae, and (2) particle dark-matter annihilation. In this paper, we ask the question of whether the Fermi telescope will be able to discriminate between the two emission processes. We present data-driven predictions for the gamma-ray emission from cosmic rays and dark matter for a large x-ray-flux-limited sample of galaxy clusters and groups. We point out that the gamma-ray signals from cosmic rays and dark matter can be comparable. In particular, we find that poor clusters and groups are the systems predicted to have the highest dark-matter to cosmic-ray emission ratio at gamma-ray energies. Based on detailed Fermi simulations, we study observational handles that might enable us to distinguish the two emission mechanisms, including the gamma-ray spectra, the spatial distribution of the signal, and the associated multiwavelength emissions. We also propose optimal hardness ratios, which will help us to understand the nature of the gamma-ray emission. Our study indicates that gamma rays from dark-matter annihilation with a high particle mass can be distinguished from a cosmic-ray spectrum even for fairly faint sources. Discriminating a cosmic-ray spectrum from a light dark-matter particle will be, instead, much more difficult, and will require long observations and/or a bright source. While the gamma-ray emission from our simulated clusters is extended, determining the spatial distribution with Fermi will be a challenging task requiring an optimal control of the backgrounds.

Jeltema, Tesla E. [UCO/Lick Observatories, Santa Cruz, California 95064 (United States); Kehayias, John [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064 (United States); Profumo, Stefano [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064 (United States); Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz, California 95064 (United States)

2009-07-15

208

Positron fraction in cosmic rays and models of cosmic-ray propagation  

SciTech Connect

The positron fraction observed by PAMELA and other experiments up to {approx}100 GeV is analyzed in terms of models of cosmic-ray propagation. It is shown that generically we expect the positron fraction to reach {approx}0.6 at energies of several TeV, and its energy dependence bears an intimate but subtle connection with that of the boron to carbon ratio in cosmic rays. The observed positron fraction can be fit in a model that assumes a significant fraction of the boron below {approx}10 GeV is generated through spallation of cosmic-ray nuclei in a cocoonlike region surrounding the sources, and the positrons of energy higher than a few GeV are almost exclusively generated through cosmic-ray interactions in the general interstellar medium. Such a model is consistent with the bounds on cosmic-ray anisotropies and other observations.

Cowsik, R.; Burch, B. [Physics Department and McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130 (United States)

2010-07-15

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Galactic modulation of extragalactic cosmic rays: Possible origin of the knee in the cosmic ray spectrum  

E-print Network

The existence of the spectral break around $\\sim 3 \\times 10^{15}$ eV in the cosmic ray spectrum (referred to as the `knee') is one of the biggest questions in cosmic ray astrophysics. At the same time, the origin of cosmic rays above the knee energies (between 10$^{15}$ and 10$^{18}$ eV) is also still unsettled. In this paper, we investigate how the hypothetical extragalactic CRs after modulated by the galactic wind contribute to the knee in the CR spectrum. We numerically calculate the modulated energy spectrum of the hypothetical cosmic rays coming into the galaxy from just outside of the ``galactic sphere'' where the galactic wind terminates. We show that the observed knee structure is reproduced well by a superposition of the modulated component and the galactic cosmic rays originating in supernova remnants.

Hiroshi Muraishi; Shohei Yanagita; Tatsuo Yoshida

2005-02-07

210

Gamma rays from clusters and groups of galaxies: Cosmic rays versus dark matter  

Microsoft Academic Search

Clusters of galaxies have not yet been detected at gamma-ray frequencies; however, the recently launched Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, formerly known as GLAST, could provide the first detections in the near future. Clusters are expected to emit gamma rays as a result of (1) a population of high-energy cosmic rays fueled by accretion, merger shocks, active galactic nuclei, and supernovae,

Tesla E. Jeltema; John Kehayias; Stefano Profumo

2009-01-01

211

THE INTERACTION OF COSMIC RAYS WITH DIFFUSE CLOUDS  

SciTech Connect

We study the change in cosmic-ray pressure, the change in cosmic-ray density, and the level of cosmic-ray-induced heating via Alfven-wave damping when cosmic rays move from a hot ionized plasma to a cool cloud embedded in that plasma. The general analysis method outlined here can apply to diffuse clouds in either the ionized interstellar medium or in galactic winds. We introduce a general-purpose model of cosmic-ray diffusion building upon the hydrodynamic approximation for cosmic rays (from McKenzie and Voelk and Breitschwerdt and collaborators). Our improved method self-consistently derives the cosmic-ray flux and diffusivity under the assumption that the streaming instability is the dominant mechanism for setting the cosmic-ray flux and diffusion. We find that, as expected, cosmic rays do not couple to gas within cool clouds (cosmic rays exert no forces inside of cool clouds), that the cosmic-ray density does not increase within clouds (it may decrease slightly in general, and decrease by an order of magnitude in some cases), and that cosmic-ray heating (via Alfven-wave damping and not collisional effects as for {approx}10 MeV cosmic rays) is only important under the conditions of relatively strong (10 {mu}G) magnetic fields or high cosmic-ray pressure ({approx}10{sup -11} erg cm{sup -3}).

Everett, John E.; Zweibel, Ellen G., E-mail: everett@physics.wisc.edu [Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

2011-10-01

212

Terrestrial effects of high energy cosmic rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

On geological timescales, the Earth is likely to be exposed to higher than the usual flux of high energy cosmic rays (HECRs) from astrophysical sources such as nearby supernovae, gamma ray bursts or by galactic shocks. These high-energy particles strike the Earth's atmosphere, initiating an extensive air shower. As the air shower propagates deeper, it ionizes the atmosphere by producing

Dimitra Atri

2011-01-01

213

Cosmic ray confinement in fossil cluster bubbles  

E-print Network

Most cool core clusters of galaxies possess active galactic nuclei (AGN) in their centers. These AGN inflate buoyant bubbles containing non-thermal radio emitting particles. If such bubbles efficiently confine cosmic rays (CR) then this could explain ``radio ghosts'' seen far from cluster centers. We simulate the diffusion of cosmic rays from buoyant bubbles inflated by AGN. Our simulations include the effects of the anisotropic particle diffusion introduced by magnetic fields. Our models are consistent with the X-ray morphology of AGN bubbles, with disruption being suppressed by the magnetic draping effect. We conclude that for such magnetic field topologies, a substantial fraction of cosmic rays can be confined inside the bubbles on buoyant rise timescales even when the parallel diffusivity coefficient is very large. For isotropic diffusion at a comparable level, cosmic rays would leak out of the bubbles too rapidly to be consistent with radio observations. Thus, the long confinement times associated with the magnetic suppression of CR diffusion can explain the presence of radio ghosts. We show that the partial escape of cosmic rays is mostly confined to the wake of the rising bubbles, and speculate that this effect could: (1) account for the excitation of the H$\\alpha$ filaments trailing behind the bubbles in the Perseus cluster, (2) inject entropy into the metal enriched material being lifted by the bubbles and, thus, help to displace it permanently from the cluster center and (3) produce observable $\\gamma$-rays via the interaction of the diffusing cosmic rays with the thermal intracluster medium (ICM).

M. Ruszkowski; T. A. Ensslin; M. Bruggen; M. C. Begelman; E. Churazov

2007-05-22

214

Cosmic Ray Nuclei (CRN) detector investigation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Cosmic Ray Nuclei (CRN) detector was designed to measure elemental composition and energy spectra of cosmic radiation nuclei ranging from lithium to iron. CRN was flown as part of Spacelab 2 in 1985, and consisted of three basic components: a gas Cerenkov counter, a transition radiation detector, and plastic scintillators. The results of the experiment indicate that the relative abundance of elements in this range, traveling at near relativistic velocities, is similar to those reported at lower energy.

Meyer, Peter; Muller, Dietrich; Lheureux, Jacques; Swordy, Simon

1991-01-01

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COSMIC RAY BACKGROUND ANALYSIS FOR A CARGO CONTAINER COUNTER.  

SciTech Connect

We have developed a new model for calculating the expected yield of cosmic-ray spallation neutrons in a Cargo Container Counter, and we have benchmarked the model against measurements made with several existing large neutron counters. We also developed two versions of a new measurement uncertainty prediction code based on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. The codes calculate the minimum detectability limit for the Cargo Container Counter for either neutron singles or doubles counting, and also propagate the uncertainties associated with efficiency normalization flux monitors and cosmic ray flux monitors. This paper will describe the physics basis for this analysis, and the results obtained for several different counter designs.

Ensslin, Norbert; Geist, W. H. (William H.); Lestone, J. P. (John P.); Mayo, D. R. (Douglas R.); Menlove, Howard O.

2001-01-01

216

Analysis of the Arrival Directions of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

The arrival directions of ultrahigh energy extensive air showers (EAS) by Yakutsk, AGASA and SUGAR array data are considered. For the first time, the maps of equal exposition of celestial sphere for the distribution of particles by AGASA and SUGAR array data have been constructed. The large-scale anisotropy of E>4.10^19 eV cosmic rays from the side of Input and Output of the Galaxy Local Arm by Yakutsk, AGASA and SUGAR array data has been detected. The problem of cosmic ray origin is discussed.

A. A. Mikhailov

2007-05-17

217

Observing Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays with Smartphones  

E-print Network

We propose a novel approach for observing cosmic rays at ultra-high energy ($>10^{18}$~eV) by repurposing the existing network of smartphones as a ground detector array. Extensive air showers generated by cosmic rays produce muons and high-energy photons, which can be detected by the CMOS sensors of smartphone cameras. The small size and low efficiency of each sensor is compensated by the large number of active phones. We show that if user adoption targets are met, such a network will have significant observing power at the highest energies.

Daniel Whiteson; Michael Mulhearn; Chase Shimmin; Kyle Brodie; Dustin Burns

2014-10-10

218

Observing Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays with Smartphones  

E-print Network

We propose a novel approach for observing cosmic rays at ultra-high energy ($>10^{18}$~eV) by repurposing the existing network of smartphones as a ground detector array. Extensive air showers generated by cosmic rays produce muons and high-energy photons, which can be detected by the CMOS sensors of smartphone cameras. The small size and low efficiency of each sensor is compensated by the large number of active phones. We show that if user adoption targets are met, such a network will have significant observing power at the highest energies.

Whiteson, Daniel; Shimmin, Chase; Brodie, Kyle; Burns, Dustin

2014-01-01

219

Cosmic ray sun shadow in Soudan 2 underground muon flux.  

SciTech Connect

The absorption of cosmic rays by the sun produces a shadow at the earth. The angular offset and broadening of the shadow are determined by the magnitude and structure of the interplanetary magnetic field (IPMF) in the inner solar system. The authors report the first measurement of the solar cosmic ray shadow by detection of deep underground muon flux in observations made during the entire ten-year interval 1989 to 1998. The sun shadow varies significantly during this time, with a 3.3{sigma} shadow observed during the years 1995 to 1998.

Allison, W. W. M.; Alner, G. J.; Ayres, D. S.; Barrett, W. L.; Bode, C.; Fields, T. H.; Goodman, M. C.; Joffe-Minor, T.; Price, L. E.; Seidlein, R.; Soudan 2 Collaboration; Thron, J. L.

1999-06-23

220

Cosmic Ray Sun Shadow in Soudan 2 Underground Muon Flux  

E-print Network

The absorption of cosmic rays by the sun produces a shadow at the earth. The angular offset and broadening of the shadow are determined by the magnitude and structure of the interplanetary magnetic field (IPMF) in the inner solar system. We report the first measurement of the solar cosmic ray shadow by detection of deep underground muon flux in observations made during the entire ten-year interval 1989 to 1998. The sun shadow varies significantly during this time, with a $3.3\\sigma$ shadow observed during the years 1995 to 1998.

Soudan 2 Collaboration

1999-05-24

221

The charge and energy spectra of heavy cosmic ray nuclei  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A charged particle detector array flown in a high altitude balloon detected and measured some 30,000 cosmic ray nuclei with Z greater than or equal to 12. The charge spectrum at the top of the atmosphere for nuclei with E greater than 650 MeV/n and the energy spectrum for 650 less than or equal to E less than 1800 MeV/n are reported and compared with previously published results. The charge spectrum at the source of cosmic rays is deduced from these data and compared with a recent compilation of galactic abundances.

Scarlett, W. R.; Freier, P. S.; Waddington, J. C.

1978-01-01

222

Ultra heavy cosmic ray experiment (A0178)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Ultra Heavy Cosmic Ray Experiment (UHCRE) is based on a modular array of 192 side viewing solid state nuclear track detector stacks. These stacks were mounted in sets of four in 48 pressure vessels using 16 peripheral LDEF trays. The geometry factor for high energy cosmic ray nuclei, allowing for Earth shadowing, was 30 sq m sr, giving a total exposure factor of 170 sq m sr y at an orbital inclination of 28.4 degs. Scanning results indicate that about 3000 cosmic ray nuclei in the charge region with Z greater than 65 were collected. This sample is more than ten times the current world data in the field (taken to be the data set from the HEAO-3 mission plus that from the Ariel-6 mission) and is sufficient to provide the world's first statistically significant sample of actinide cosmic rays. Results are presented including a sample of ultra heavy cosmic ray nuclei, analysis of pre-flight and post-flight calibration events and details of track response in the context of detector temperature history. The integrated effect of all temperature and age related latent track variations cause a maximum charge shift of + or - 0.8e for uranium and + or - 0.6e for the platinum-lead group. Astrophysical implications of the UHCRE charge spectrum are discussed.

Thompson, A.; Osullivan, D.; Bosch, J.; Keegan, R.; Wenzel, K. P.; Jansen, F.; Domingo, C.

1992-01-01

223

Cosmic rays and tests of fundamental principles  

E-print Network

It is now widely acknowledged that cosmic rays experiments can test possible new physics directly generated at the Planck scale or at some other fundamental scale. By studying particle properties at energies far beyond the reach of any man-made accelerator, they can yield unique checks of basic principles. A well-known example is provided by possible tests of special relativity at the highest cosmic-ray energies. But other essential ingredients of standard theories can in principle be tested: quantum mechanics, uncertainty principle, energy and momentum conservation, effective space-time dimensions, hamiltonian and lagrangian formalisms, postulates of cosmology, vacuum dynamics and particle propagation, quark and gluon confinement, elementariness of particles... Standard particle physics or string-like patterns may have a composite origin able to manifest itself through specific cosmic-ray signatures. Ultra-high energy cosmic rays, but also cosmic rays at lower energies, are probes of both "conventional" and new Physics. Status, prospects, new ideas, and open questions in the field are discussed. The Post Scriptum shows that several basic features of modern cosmology naturally appear in a SU(2) spinorial description of space-time without any need for matter, relativity or standard gravitation. New possible effects related to the spinorial space-time structure can also be foreseen. Similarly, the existence of spin-1/2 particles can be naturally related to physics beyond Planck scale and to a possible pre-Big Bang era.

Luis Gonzalez-Mestres

2010-11-22

224

Cosmic Ray Interactions in Shielding Materials  

SciTech Connect

This document provides a detailed study of materials used to shield against the hadronic particles from cosmic ray showers at Earth’s surface. This work was motivated by the need for a shield that minimizes activation of the enriched germanium during transport for the MAJORANA collaboration. The materials suitable for cosmic-ray shield design are materials such as lead and iron that will stop the primary protons, and materials like polyethylene, borated polyethylene, concrete and water that will stop the induced neutrons. The interaction of the different cosmic-ray components at ground level (protons, neutrons, muons) with their wide energy range (from kilo-electron volts to giga-electron volts) is a complex calculation. Monte Carlo calculations have proven to be a suitable tool for the simulation of nucleon transport, including hadron interactions and radioactive isotope production. The industry standard Monte Carlo simulation tool, Geant4, was used for this study. The result of this study is the assertion that activation at Earth’s surface is a result of the neutronic and protonic components of the cosmic-ray shower. The best material to shield against these cosmic-ray components is iron, which has the best combination of primary shielding and minimal secondary neutron production.

Aguayo Navarrete, Estanislao; Kouzes, Richard T.; Ankney, Austin S.; Orrell, John L.; Berguson, Timothy J.; Troy, Meredith D.

2011-09-08

225

Supernova Remnants, Cosmic Rays, and GLAST  

SciTech Connect

The shock waves of supernova remnants (SNRs) are the traditional sources of Galactic cosmic rays, at least up to about 3000 TeV (the 'knee' energy in the cosmic-ray spectrum). In the last decade or so, X-ray observations have confirmed in a few SNRs the presence of synchrotron-X-ray-emitting electrons with energies of order 100 TeV. TeV photons from SNRs have been observed with ground-based air Cerenkov telescopes as well, but it is still unclear whether they are due to hadronic processes (inelastic p-p scattering of cosmic-ray protons from thermal gas, with secondary neutral pions decaying to gamma rays), or to leptonic processes (inverse-Compton upscattering of cosmic microwave background photons, or bremsstrahlung). The spatial structure of synchrotron X-rays as observed with the Chandra X-ray Observatory suggests the remarkable possibility that magnetic fields are amplified by orders of magnitude in strong shock waves. The electron spectra inferred from X-rays reach 100 TeV, but at that energy are cutting off steeply, well below the 'knee' energy. Are the cutoff processes due only to radiative losses so that ion spectra might continue unsteepened? Can we confirm the presence of energetic ions in SNRs at all? Are typical SNRs capable of supplying the pool of Galactic cosmic rays? Is strong magnetic-field amplification a property of strong astrophysical shocks in general? These major questions require the next generation of observational tools. I shall outline the theoretical and observational framework of particle acceleration to high energies in SNRs, and shall describe how GLAST will advance this field.

Reynolds, Steve (North Carolina State University) [North Carolina State University

2006-02-13

226

Review of the Second School on Cosmic Rays and Astrophysics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Second School on Cosmic Rays and Astrophysics was held in Puebla, Mexico, on August 30 to September 8, 2006. It included subjects like experimental techniques, primary spectrum and composition of cosmic rays, high-energy interactions, gamma ray astronomy, neutrino astrophysics, cosmic ray detectors, etc. I present a very short review of some of the lectures given there.

Martínez, Humberto

2009-04-01

227

Resource Letter HECR-1: High-Energy Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This Resource Letter provides a guide to the literature on high energy cosmic rays and their associated messengers. Journal articles and books are cited for the following topics: cosmic rays from high to ultrahigh energies, gamma-rays, neutrinos, high energy astrophysical sources, particle acceleration mechanisms, cosmic ray interactions and propagation.

Kotera, Kumiko; Olinto, Angela

2014-07-01

228

The LDEF ultra heavy cosmic ray experiment  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) Ultra Heavy Cosmic Ray Experiment (UHCRE) used 16 side viewing LDEF trays giving a total geometry factor for high energy cosmic rays of 30 sq m sr. The total exposure factor was 170 sq m sr y. The experiment is based on a modular array of 192 solid state nuclear track detector stacks, mounted in sets of 4 pressure vessels (3 experiment tray). The extended duration of the LDEF mission has resulted in a greatly enhanced potential scientific yield from the UHCRE. Initial scanning results indicate that at least 2000 cosmic ray nuclei with Z greater than 65 were collected, including the world's first statistically significant sample of actinides. Postflight work to date and the current status of the experiment are reviewed. Provisional results from analysis of preflight and postflight calibrations are presented.

Osullivan, D.; Thompson, A.; Bosch, J.; Keegan, R.; Wenzel, K.-P.; Smit, A.; Domingo, C.

1991-01-01

229

The LDEF ultra heavy cosmic ray experiment  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The LDEF Ultra Heavy Cosmic Ray Experiment (UHCRE) used 16 side viewing LDEF trays giving a total geometry factor for high energy cosmic rays of 30 sq m sr. The total exposure factor was 170 sq m sr y. The experiment is based on a modular array of 192 solid state nuclear track detector stacks, mounted in sets of four in 48 pressure vessels. The extended duration of the LDEF mission has resulted in a greatly enhanced potential scientific yield from the UHCRE. Initial scanning results indicate that at least 1800 cosmic ray nuclei with Z greater than 65 were collected, including the world's first statistically significant sample of actinides. Post flight work to date and the current status of the experiment are reviewed.

Osullivan, D.; Thompson, A.; Bosch, J.; Keegan, R.; Wenzel, K.-P.; Smit, A.; Domingo, C.

1992-01-01

230

The HEAO-3 Cosmic Ray Isotope spectrometer  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper describes the Cosmic Ray Isotope instrument launched aboard the HEAO-3 satellite on September 20, 1979. The primary purpose of the experiment is to measure the isotopic composition of cosmic ray nuclei from Be-7 to Fe-58 over the energy range 0.5 to 7 GeV/nucleon. In addition charge spectra will be measured between beryllium and tin over the energy range 0.5 to 25 GeV/nucleon. The charge and isotope abundances measured by the experiment provide essential information needed to further our understanding of the origin and propagation of high energy cosmic rays. The instrument consists of 5 Cerenkov counters, a 4 element neon flash tube hodoscope and a time-of-flight system. The determination of charge and energy for each particle is based on the multiple Cerenkov technique and the mass determination will be based upon a statistical analysis of particle trajectories in the geomagnetic field.

Bouffard, M.; Engelmann, J. J.; Koch, L.; Soutoul, A.; Lund, N.; Peters, B.; Rasmussen, I. L.

1982-01-01

231

He-3 in galactic cosmic rays  

SciTech Connect

Cosmic-ray He-3/He-4 observations, including a new measurement around 65 MeV per nucleon from ISEE-3, are compared with interstellar propagation and solar modulation calculations in an effort to understand the origin of cosmic-ray He nuclei. A survey of spacecraft and balloon observations of the He-3/He-4 ratio shows improved consistency among measurements in the 50-300 MeV per nucleon energy range when a previously neglected contribution from atmospheric secondary He-3 is taken into account. These low-energy observations imply a mean escape length of 6-8 g/sq cm in the standard leaky box model for cosmic-ray propagation in the Galaxy, a value consistent with that derived from studies of heavier nuclei. No evidence is found for an excess of low-energy He-3 such as that reported at high energies. 42 references.

Mewaldt, R.A.

1986-12-01

232

Does electromagnetic radiation accelerate galactic cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The 'reactor' theories of Tsytovich and collaborators (1973) of cosmic-ray acceleration by electromagnetic radiation are examined in the context of galactic cosmic rays. It is shown that any isotropic synchrotron or Compton reactors with reasonable astrophysical parameters can yield particles with a maximum relativistic factor of only about 10,000. If they are to produce particles with higher relativistic factors, the losses due to inverse Compton scattering of the electromagnetic radiation in them outweigh the acceleration, and this violates the assumptions of the theory. This is a critical restriction in the context of galactic cosmic rays, which have a power-law spectrum extending up to a relativistic factor of 1 million.

Eichler, D.

1977-01-01

233

A Tale of Cosmic Rays Narrated in ? Rays by Fermi  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Because cosmic rays are charged particles scrambled by magnetic fields, combining direct measurements with other observations is crucial to understanding their origin and propagation. As energetic particles traverse matter and electromagnetic fields, they leave marks in the form of neutral interaction products. Among those, ? rays trace interactions of nuclei that inelastically collide with interstellar gas, as well as of leptons that undergo Bremsstrahlung and inverse-Compton scattering. Data collected by the Fermi large area telescope (LAT) are therefore telling us the story of cosmic rays along their journey from sources through their home galaxies. Supernova remnants emerge as a notable ?-ray source population, and older remnants interacting with interstellar matter finally show strong evidence of the presence of accelerated nuclei. Yet the maximum energy attained by shock accelerators is poorly constrained by observations. Cygnus X, a massive star-forming region established by the LAT as housing cosmic-ray sources, provides a test case to study the impact of wind-driven turbulence on the early propagation. Interstellar emission resulting from the large-scale propagation of cosmic rays in the Milky Way is revealed in unprecedented detail that challenges some of the simple assumptions used for the modeling. Moreover, the cosmic-ray induced ?-ray luminosities of galaxies-scale quasi-linearly with their massive-star formation rates: the overall normalization of that relation below the calorimetric limit suggests that for most systems, a substantial fraction of energy in cosmic rays escapes into the intergalactic medium. The nuclear production models and the distribution of target gas and radiation fields, not determined precisely enough yet, are key to exploiting the full potential of ?-ray data. Nevertheless, data being collected by Fermi and complementary multiwavelength/multimessenger observations are bringing us ever closer to solving the cosmic-ray mystery.

Tibaldo, Luigi

2014-10-01

234

Research in particles and fields. [cosmic rays, gamma rays, and cosmic plasma  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Research activities in cosmic rays, gamma rays, and astrophysical plasmas are reviewed. Energetic particle and photon detector systems flown on spacecraft and balloons were used to carry out the investigations. Specific instruments mentioned are: the high energy isotope spectrometer telescope, the electron/isotope spectrometer, the heavy isotope spectrometer telescope, and magnetometers. Solar flares, planetary magnetospheres, element abundance, the isotopic composition of low energy cosmic rays, and heavy nuclei are among the topics receiving research attention.

Stone, E. C.; Buffington, A.; Davis, L., Jr.; Prince, T. A.; Vogt, R. E.

1984-01-01

235

Cosmic strings and ultra-high energy cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The flux is calculated of ultrahigh energy protons due to the process of cusp evaporation from cosmic string loops. For the standard value of the dimensionless cosmic string parameter epsilon is identical to G(sub mu) approx. = 10(exp -6), the flux is several orders of magnitude below the observed cosmic ray flux of ultrahigh energy protons. However, the flux at any energy initially increases as the value of epsilon is decreased. This at first suggests that there may be a lower limit on the value of epsilon, which would imply a lower limit on the temperature of a cosmic string forming phase transition in the early universe. However, the calculation shows that this is not the case -- the particle flux at any energy reaches its highest value at epsilon approx. = 10(exp -15) and it then decreases for further decrease of the value of epsilon. This is due to the fact that for too small values of epsilon (less than 10(exp -15)), the energy loss of the loops through the cusp evaporation process itself (rather than gravitational energy loss of the loops) becomes the dominant factor that controls the behavior of the number density of the loops at the relevant times of emission of the particles. The highest flux at any energy remains at least four orders of magnitude below the observed flux. There is thus no lower limit on epsilon.

Bhattacharjee, Pijushpani

1989-01-01

236

Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays and Prompt TeV Gamma Rays from Gamma Ray Bursts  

E-print Network

Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) have been proposed as one {\\it possible} class of sources of the Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Ray (UHECR) events observed up to energies $\\gsim10^{20}\\ev$. The synchrotron radiation of the highest energy protons accelerated within the GRB source should produce gamma rays up to TeV energies. Here we briefly discuss the implications on the energetics of the GRB from the point of view of the detectability of the prompt TeV gamma rays of proton-synchrotron origin in GRBs in the up-coming ICECUBE muon detector in the south pole.

Pijushpani Bhattacharjee; Nayantara Gupta

2003-05-12

237

Narrow-angle cosmic-ray anisotropies  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An alternate interpretation is presented for the diurnal cosmic ray anisotropy measurements made with underground muons in London. From the widely accepted models of cosmic ray diffusion in the Galaxy, a diurnal anisotropy (24 h wave) would be expected. But from a model predicting the occurrence of an excess within some small region of the celestial sphere, it is suggested that the direction of this excess would depend on the orientation (in space and time) of the source relative to galactic magnetic field lines which connect the source with the solar system.

Barrowes, S.

1975-01-01

238

Isotopic composition of heavy cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The mean isotopic composition was measured of even-charge cosmic ray elements with 14 equal to or less than 26 near 0.8 GeV/N using a balloon-borne ionization-chamber/Cerenkov-counter detector system. The experimental method makes use of the geomagnetic field as a magnetic spectrometer. Results indicate that the most abundant isotopes at the cosmic ray source are Si-28, S-32, and Ca-40, like the solar system; but Fe-54, unlike the solar system.

Maehl, R. C.; Isreal, M. H.; Klarmann, J.

1973-01-01

239

Time variation of galactic cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Time variations in the flux of galactic cosmic rays are the result of changing conditions in the solar wind. Maximum cosmic ray fluxes, which occur when solar activity is at a minimum, are well defined. Reductions from this maximum level are typically systematic and predictable but on occasion are rapid and unexpected. Models relating the flux level at lower energy to that at neutron monitor energy are typically accurate to 20 percent of the total excursion at that energy. Other models, relating flux to observables such as sunspot number, flare frequency, and current sheet tilt are phenomenological but nevertheless can be quite accurate.

Evenson, Paul

1988-01-01

240

Cosmic Rays: studies and measurements before 1912  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The discovery of cosmic rays, a milestone in science, was based on the work by scientists in Europe and the New World and took place during a period characterised by nationalism and lack of communication. Many scientists that took part in this research a century ago were intrigued by the penetrating radiation and tried to understand the origin of it. Several important contributions to the discovery of the origin of cosmic rays have been forgotten; historical, political and personal facts might have contributed to their substantial disappearance from the history of science.

De Angelis, Alessandro

2013-06-01

241

Simulation of the cosmic ray tau neutrino telescope (CRTNT) experiment  

E-print Network

A tau lepton can be produced in a charged current interaction by cosmic ray tau neutrino with material inside a mountain. If it escapes from the mountain, it will decay and initiate a shower in the air, which can be detected by an air shower fluorescence/Cherenkov light detector. Designed according to such a principle, the Cosmic Ray Tau Neutrino Telescope (CRTNT) experiment, located at the foothill of Mt. Balikun in Xinjiang, China, will search for very high-energy cosmic tau neutrinos from energetic astrophysical sources by detecting those showers. This paper describes a Monte Carlo simulation for a detection of tau neutrino events by the CRTNT experiment. Ultra-high-energy cosmic ray events are also simulated to estimate the potential contamination. With the CRTNT experiment composed of four detector stations, each covering 64 by 14 degrees field of view, the expected event rates are 28.6, 21.9 and 4.7 per year assuming AGN neutrino flux according to Semikoz et. al. 2004, MPR AGN jet model and SDSS AGN core model, respectively. Null detection of such tau event by the CRTNT experiment in one year could set 90% C.L. upper limit at 19.9 (eV^-1 cm^-2 s^-1 sr^-1) for E^-2 neutrino spectrum.

J. L. Liu; S. S. Zhang; Z. Cao; H. H. He; M. A. Huang; T. C. Liu; G. Xiao; M. Zha; B. K. Zhang; Y. X. Bai; Y. Zhang

2009-05-12

242

Cosmic ray albedo gamma rays from the quiet sun  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We estimate the flux of gamma-rays that result from collisions of high energy galactic cosmic rays with the solar atmosphere. An important aspect of our model is the propagation of cosmic rays through the magnetic fields of the inner solar systems. We use diffusion to model propagation down to the bottom of the corona. Below the corona we trace particle orbits through the photospheric fields to determine the location of cosmic ray interactions in the solar atmosphere and evolve the resultant cascades. For our nominal choice of parameters, we predict an integrated flux of gamma rays (at 1 AU) of F(E(sub gamma) greater than 100 MeV) approximately = 5 x 10(exp -8)/sq cm sec. This can be an order of magnitude above the galactic background and should be observable by the Energetic Gamma Ray experiment telescope (EGRET).

Seckel, D.; Stanev, T.; Gaisser, T. K.

1992-01-01

243

Cosmic-Ray Source Composition Determined from ACE  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The cosmic rays arriving at Earth comprise a mix of material produced by stellar sources and ejected into the interstellar medium (primary cosmic rays) and particles produced by fragmentation of heavier nuclei during transport through the Galaxy.

Wiedenbeck, M.

2000-01-01

244

The Isotopic Composition of Cosmic-Ray Iron and Nickel  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Observations from the Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) on ACE have been used to derive contraints on the locations, physical conditions, and time scales for cosmic-ray acceleration and transport.

Wiedenbeck, M.; Binns, W.; Christian, E.; Cummings, A.; George, J.; Hink, P.; Klarmann, J.; Leske, R.; Lijowski, M.; Mewaldt, R.; Stone, E.; Rosenvinge, T. von

2000-01-01

245

Research in cosmic and gamma ray astrophysics: Cosmic physics portion  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Research in particle astrophysics at the Space Radiation Laboratory (SRL) of the California Institute of Technology is supported under NASA Grant NAGW-1919. A three-year proposal for continuation of support was submitted a year ago and put into effect 1 October 1992. This report is the combined progress report and continuation application called for under the Federal Demonstration Project. Gamma-ray Astrophysics at SRL is separately supported under NAGW-1919 and will be separately summarized and proposed. This report will document progress and plans for our particle spectroscopy activities and for related data analysis, calibration, and community service activities. A bibliography and a budget will be attached as appendices. The Caltech SRL research program includes a heavy emphasis on elemental and isotopic spectroscopy of energetic particles in the cosmic radiation; in solar, interplanetary, and anomalous 'cosmic' radiation; and in planetary magnetospheres as discussed.

Stone, Edward C.; Mewaldt, Richard A.; Schindler, Stephen

1993-01-01

246

Microphysics of Cosmic Ray Driven Plasma Instabilities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Energetic nonthermal particles (cosmic rays, CRs) are accelerated in supernova remnants, relativistic jets and other astrophysical objects. The CR energy density is typically comparable with that of the thermal components and magnetic fields. In this review we discuss mechanisms of magnetic field amplification due to instabilities induced by CRs. We derive CR kinetic and magnetohydrodynamic equations that govern cosmic plasma systems comprising the thermal background plasma, comic rays and fluctuating magnetic fields to study CR-driven instabilities. Both resonant and non-resonant instabilities are reviewed, including the Bell short-wavelength instability, and the firehose instability. Special attention is paid to the longwavelength instabilities driven by the CR current and pressure gradient. The helicity production by the CR current-driven instabilities is discussed in connection with the dynamo mechanisms of cosmic magnetic field amplification.

Bykov, A. M.; Brandenburg, A.; Malkov, M. A.; Osipov, S. M.

247

Microphysics of Cosmic Ray Driven Plasma Instabilities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Energetic nonthermal particles (cosmic rays, CRs) are accelerated in supernova remnants, relativistic jets and other astrophysical objects. The CR energy density is typically comparable with that of the thermal components and magnetic fields. In this review we discuss mechanisms of magnetic field amplification due to instabilities induced by CRs. We derive CR kinetic and magnetohydrodynamic equations that govern cosmic plasma systems comprising the thermal background plasma, comic rays and fluctuating magnetic fields to study CR-driven instabilities. Both resonant and non-resonant instabilities are reviewed, including the Bell short-wavelength instability, and the firehose instability. Special attention is paid to the longwavelength instabilities driven by the CR current and pressure gradient. The helicity production by the CR current-driven instabilities is discussed in connection with the dynamo mechanisms of cosmic magnetic field amplification.

Bykov, A. M.; Brandenburg, A.; Malkov, M. A.; Osipov, S. M.

2013-10-01

248

Microphysics of cosmic ray driven plasma instabilities  

E-print Network

Energetic nonthermal particles (cosmic rays, CRs) are accelerated in supernova remnants, relativistic jets and other astrophysical objects. The CR energy density is typically comparable with that of the thermal components and magnetic fields. In this review we discuss mechanisms of magnetic field amplification due to instabilities induced by CRs. We derive CR kinetic and magnetohydrodynamic equations that govern cosmic plasma systems comprising the thermal background plasma, comic rays and fluctuating magnetic fields to study CR-driven instabilities. Both resonant and non-resonant instabilities are reviewed, including the Bell short-wavelength instability, and the firehose instability. Special attention is paid to the longwavelength instabilities driven by the CR current and pressure gradient. The helicity production by the CR current-driven instabilities is discussed in connection with the dynamo mechanisms of cosmic magnetic field amplification.

Bykov, A M; Malkov, M A; Osipov, S M

2013-01-01

249

Propagation of Cosmic Rays and Diffuse Galactic Gamma Rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper presents an introduction to the astrophysics of cosmic rays and diffuse gamma-rays and discusses some of the puzzles that have emerged recently due to more precise data and improved propagation models: the excesses in Galactic diffuse gamma-ray emission, secondary antiprotons and positrons, and the flatter than expected gradient of cosmic rays in the Galaxy. These also involve the dark matter, a challenge to modern physics, through its indirect searches in cosmic rays. Though the final solutions are yet to be found, I discuss some ideas and results obtained mostly with the numerical propagation model GALPROP. A fleet of spacecraft and balloon experiments targeting these specific issues is set to lift off in a few years, imparting a feeling of optimism that a new era of exciting discoveries is just around the corner. A complete and comprehensive discussion of all the recent results is not attempted here due to the space limitations.

Moskalenko, Igor V.

2004-01-01

250

The Fly's Eye Extremely High Energy Cosmic Ray Spectrum D.J. Bird,1  

E-print Network

The Fly's Eye Extremely High Energy Cosmic Ray Spectrum D.J. Bird,1 S.C. Corbato,3 H.Y. Dai,3 B present our latest results on the cosmic ray energy spectrum above 1017 eV observed by Fly's Eye. Tracks detected by both eyes can be well reconstructed and therefore have very good energy resolution

251

Accelerator Data for Cosmic Ray Physics  

E-print Network

I present selected examples of accelerator data, mainly from hadron colliders, that are relevant for understanding cosmic ray showers. I focus on the forward region, $x_{Feynman} > 0.05$, where high energy data are scarce, since the emphasis in collider physics became high-$p_T$ phenomena.

M. G. Albrow

2010-09-21

252

Early cosmic ray research in Italy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The contribution of Italian scientists and Italian institutions to the study of cosmic rays will be covered from the precursor experiments in 1908-1910 up to the identification of the muon by Conversi, Pancini and Piccioni in 1945-1946 experiments.

Spillantini, Piero

2013-02-01

253

Numerical likelihood analysis of cosmic ray anisotropies  

SciTech Connect

A numerical likelihood approach to the determination of cosmic ray anisotropies is presented which offers many advantages over other approaches. It allows a wide range of statistically meaningful hypotheses to be compared even when full sky coverage is unavailable, can be readily extended in order to include measurement errors, and makes maximum unbiased use of all available information.

Carlos Hojvat et al.

2003-07-02

254

Clusters in Very High Energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

Arrival directions of cosmic rays with the energy E>4.10^{19} eV are analyzed by using data of the Yakutsk and AGASA (Japan) extensive air showers (EAS) arrays. It is supposed that the clusters can be formed as a result of decay of superheavy particles. The consequences of this supposition compare with experimental data.

A. A. Mikhailov

2004-03-10

255

Modeling galactic cosmic rays at lunar orbit  

Microsoft Academic Search

High-energy particles such as galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) and solar energetic particles (SEPs) have sufficient kinetic energy to produce undesirable biological effects in astronauts as well as environmental effects on spacecraft electronic systems. In low Earth orbit, such radiation effects are minimized owing to the strong geomagnetic cutoff from Earth's internal magnetic field. However, the risks increase at higher altitudes

Chia-Lin Huang; Harlan Spence; Brian Kress; Simon Shepherd

2008-01-01

256

Believability of signals from cosmic ray sources.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

This paper discusses some of the criteria by which an observer judges whether to believe a signal or limit that has been reported for a cosmic ray source. The importance of specifying the test before looking at the data is emphasized. 5 refs.

M. Goodman

1990-01-01

257

Cosmic Ray Transport in the Distant Heliosheath  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The character of energetic particle transport in the distant heliosheath and especially in the vicinity of the heliopause could be quite distinct from the other regions of the heliosphere. The magnetic field structure is dominated by a tightly wrapped oscillating heliospheric current sheet which is transported to higher latitudes by the nonradial heliosheath flows. Both Voyagers have, or are expected to enter a region dominated by the sectored field formed during the preceding solar maximum. As the plasma flow slows down on approach to the heliopause, the distance between the folds of the current sheet decreases to the point where it becomes comparable to the cyclotron radius of an energetic ion, such as a galactic cosmic ray. Then, a charged particle can effectively drift across a stack of magnetic sectors with a speed comparable with the particle s velocity. Cosmic rays should also be able to efficiently diffuse across the mean magnetic field if the distance between sector boundaries varies. The region of the heliopause could thus be much more permeable to cosmic rays than was previously thought. This new transport proposed mechanism could explain the very high intensities (approaching the model interstellar values) of galactic cosmic rays measured by Voyager 1 during 2010-2011.

Florinski, V.; Adams, James H.; Washimi, H.

2011-01-01

258

COSMIC-RAY NEUTRON ENERGY SPECTRUM  

Microsoft Academic Search

The cosmic-ray neutron energy spectrum in the equilibrium region of the ; atmosphere was measured with several different calibrated detectors from thermal ; energies to about 1 Bev at 44 deg north magnetic latitude and up to 40,000 feet. ; By combination of the data from these measurements with those from other ; experiments, a complete differential energy spectrum is

Wilmot Hess; H. W. Patterson; Roger Wallace; Edward Chupp

1959-01-01

259

Cosmic rays and energetic particle effects  

Microsoft Academic Search

Cosmic rays have been studied for some eighty years, have provided a hazard to manned spaceflight and supersonic travel for about twenty-five years and have threatened electronics for fifteen years. Following a brief history and review of known properties, this paper examines the various particle interactions and their effects on space systems. Models used for the predictions of environments and

Clive Dyer

1994-01-01

260

Cosmic Ray Origin, Acceleration and Propagation  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This paper summarizes highlights of the OG3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 sessions of the 26th International Cosmic Ray Conference in Salt Lake City, which were devoted to issues of origin/composition, acceleration and propagation.

Baring, Matthew G.

2000-01-01

261

Cosmic Rays and Large Extra Dimensions  

E-print Network

We have proposed that the cosmic ray spectrum "knee", the steepening of the cosmic ray spectrum at energy $E \\gsim 10^{15.5}$ eV, is due to "new physics", namely new interactions at TeV cm energies which produce particles undetected by the experimental apparatus. In this letter we examine specifically the possibility that this interaction is low scale gravity. We consider that the graviton propagates, besides the usual four dimensions, into an additional $\\delta$, compactified, large dimensions and we estimate the graviton production in $p p$ collisions in the high energy approximation where graviton emission is factorized. We find that the cross section for graviton production rises as fast as $(\\sqrt{s}/M_f)^{2+\\delta}$, where $M_f$ is the fundamental scale of gravity in $4+\\delta$ dimensions, and that the distribution of radiating a fraction $y$ of the initial particle's energy into gravitational energy (which goes undetected) behaves as $\\delta y^{\\delta -1}$. The missing energy leads to an underestimate of the true energy and generates a break in the {\\sl inferred} cosmic ray spectrum (the "kne"). By fitting the cosmic ray spectrum data we deduce that the favorite values for the parameters of the theory are $M_f \\sim 8$ TeV and $\\delta =4$.

D. Kazanas; A. Nicolaidis

2001-09-26

262

Temporal Variation in Cosmic Ray Muon Flux  

Microsoft Academic Search

Plastic scintillator detectors are often used in homeland security applications that look for high energy photons, such as active interrogation of cargo containers. In these applications, the background due to cosmic ray muons is assumed to be constant. However, there appears to be potentially significant variation in the muon flux over time. The muon flux was measured over a period

Steven Stroberg; Kalya Evans; Bethany Lyles-Goldblum; Erik Swanberg; Eric Norman

2008-01-01

263

Cosmic Rays Variations and Human Physiological State  

Microsoft Academic Search

It was obtained in our previous investigations that geomagnetic activity as an indirect indicator of solar activity correlates with some human physiological and psycho-physiological parameters. A lot of studies indicate that other parameters of space weather like cosmic rays Forbush decreases affect myocardial infarction, brain stroke, car accidents, etc. The purpose of that work was to study the effect of

S. Dimitrova

2009-01-01

264

Cosmic rays in the earth's magnetic field  

Microsoft Academic Search

It is shown that the values of cosmic ray cut-off moments in the earth's magnetic field, observed at many different places, are generally close to the values calculated from Störmer's theory for the motion of charged particles in a dipole field, if the usual centre dipole of the earth is replaced in the Störmer equation by a dipole whose magnitude

P. Rothwell

1958-01-01

265

Cosmic Rays Astrophysics: The Discipline, Its Scope, and Its Applications  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

This slide presentation gives an overview of the discipline surrounding cosmic ray astrophysics. It includes information on recent assertions surrounding cosmic rays, exposure levels, and a short history with specific information on the origin, acceleration, transport, and modulation of cosmic rays.

Barghouty, A. F.

2009-01-01

266

Cosmic Ray Pitch Angle Scattering Through 90 o  

E-print Network

Cosmic Ray Pitch Angle Scattering Through 90 o G.M. Felice 1 and R.M. Kulsrud 2 Princeton Plasma #12; -- 2 -- ABSTRACT We study the problem of cosmic ray di#usion in the galactic disk with particu in momentum space by wave­particle mirror interaction (here v # is the cosmic ray velocity parallel

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Early Cosmic Ray Research In France Olivier Ravela  

E-print Network

Early Cosmic Ray Research In France Olivier Ravela a SUBATECH, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, IN2P3/CNRS, Université de Nantes, France Abstract. The French research on cosmic rays in the first half of the 20th century is summarized. The main experiments are described as the discovery of air cosmic ray

Paris-Sud XI, Université de

268

Cosmic Rays and Other Nonsense in Astronom ical CCD Imagers  

E-print Network

Cosmic Rays and Other Nonsense in Astronom­ ical CCD Imagers Don Groom Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Abstract: Cosmic­ray muons make recognizable straight tracks in the new­generation CCD, California. Keywords: CCD, cosmic rays, high resistivity, fully depleted, back illuminated, Comp­ ton

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Overview on direct and indirect measurements of cosmic rays - Some thoughts on galactic cosmic rays and the knee  

E-print Network

An overview is given on results from direct and indirect measurements of galactic cosmic rays. Their implications on the contemporary understanding of the origin of cosmic rays and the knee in their energy spectrum are discussed.

Joerg R. Hoerandel

2005-01-13

270

Cosmic-ray ionisation in collapsing clouds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Context. Cosmic rays play an important role in dense molecular cores, affecting their thermal and dynamical evolution and initiating the chemistry. Several studies have shown that the formation of protostellar discs in collapsing clouds is severely hampered by the braking torque exerted by the entrained magnetic field on the infalling gas, as long as the field remains frozen to the gas. Aims: In this paper we examine the possibility that the concentration and twisting of the field lines in the inner region of collapse can produce a significant reduction of the ionisation fraction. Methods: To check whether the cosmic-ray ionisation rate can fall below the critical value required to maintain good coupling, we first study the propagation of cosmic rays in a model of a static magnetised cloud varying the relative strength of the toroidal/poloidal components and the mass-to-flux ratio. We then follow the path of cosmic rays using realistic magnetic field configurations generated by numerical simulations of a rotating collapsing core with different initial conditions. Results: We find that an increment of the toroidal component of the magnetic field, or, in general, a more twisted configuration of the field lines, results in a decrease in the cosmic-ray flux. This is mainly due to the magnetic mirroring effect that is stronger where larger variations in the field direction are present. In particular, we find a decrease of the cosmic-ray ionisation rate below 10-18 s-1 in the central 300-400 AU, where density is higher than about 109 cm-3. This very low value of the ionisation rate is attained in the cases of intermediate and low magnetisation (mass-to-flux ratio ? = 5 and 17, respectively) and for toroidal fields larger than about 40% of the total field. Conclusions: Magnetic field effects can significantly reduce the ionisation fraction in collapsing clouds. We provide a handy fitting formula to compute approximately the attenuation of the cosmic-ray ionisation rate in a molecular cloud as a function of the density and the magnetic configuration.

Padovani, M.; Hennebelle, P.; Galli, D.

2013-12-01

271

In Search of Cosmic Rays: A Student Physics Project Aimed at Finding the Origin of Cosmic Rays.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes an ongoing project, the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project (CROP), being conducted by the University of Nebraska in partnership with several high schools. Each school group has installed cosmic ray detectors, and initial activities have included calibrating equipment, gathering preliminary data, and learning about cosmic ray showers. Aims to…

Antonelli, Jamie; Mahoney, Sean; Streich, Derek; Liebl, Michael

2001-01-01

272

29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 2, 5356 The role of drifts in the galactic cosmic ray transport  

E-print Network

29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 2, 53­56 The role of drifts in the galactic cosmic ray transport K. Alanko , I.G. Usoskin ¡ and K. Mursula (a) Department of Physical Sciences, P-poster We have earlier presented a 2D-axisymmetric model of the transport of galactic cosmic rays

Usoskin, Ilya G.

273

Solar effects associated with the cosmic ray modulation spectrum  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Various indicators of solar activity are examined with reference to the changes observed in the rigidity dependence of cosmic ray modulation between 1969 and 1972. The heliolatitude dependence and the N-S asymmetry of solar activity, as deduced from the distribution of sunspots and sunspot groups, appeared to be related to cosmic ray variations during earlier epochs. The failure of such a relationship to continue during the recovery of cosmic ray intensity is discussed. The heliolatitude dependence of the solar wind velocity, as deduced from IPS observations is also discussed in terms of cosmic ray events and of the long term modulation of cosmic ray intensity.

Mendell, R. B.; Korff, S. A.

1975-01-01

274

Cosmic-ray Exposure Ages of Meteorites  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The classic idea of a cosmic-ray exposure (CRE) age for a meteorite is based on a simple but useful picture of meteorite evolution, the one-stage irradiation model. The precursor rock starts out on a parent body, buried under a mantle of material many meters thick that screens out cosmic rays. At a time ti, a collision excavates a precursor rock - a "meteoroid." The newly liberated meteoroid, now fully exposed to cosmic rays, orbits the Sun until a time tf, when it strikes the Earth, where the overlying blanket of air (and possibly of water or ice) again shuts out almost all cosmic rays (cf. Masarik and Reedy, 1995). The quantity tf-ti is called the CRE age, t. To obtain the CRE age of a meteorite, we measure the concentrations in it of one or more cosmogenic nuclides (Table 1), which are nuclides that cosmic rays produce by inducing nuclear reactions. Many shorter-lived radionuclides excluded from Table 1 such as 22Na (t1/2=2.6 yr) and 60Co (t1/2=5.27 yr) can also furnish valuable information, but can be measured only in meteorites that fell within the last few half-lives of those nuclides (see, e.g., Leya et al. (2001) and references therein). Table 1. Cosmogenic nuclides used for calculating exposure ages NuclideHalf-lifea (Myr) Radionuclides 14C0.005730 59Ni0.076 41Ca0.1034 81Kr0.229 36Cl0.301 26Al0.717 10Be1.51 53Mn3.74 129I15.7 Stable nuclides 3He 21Ne 38Ar 83Kr 126Xe a http://www2.bnl.gov/ton. CRE ages have implications for several interrelated questions. From how many different parent bodies do meteorites come? How well do meteorites represent the population of the asteroid belt? How many distinct collisions on each parent body have created the known meteorites of each type? How often do asteroids collide? How big and how energetic were the collisions that produced meteoroids? What factors control the CRE age of a meteorite and how do meteoroid orbits evolve through time? We will touch on these questions below as we examine the data.By 1975, the CRE ages of hundreds of meteorites had been estimated from noble gas measurements. Histograms of the CRE age distributions pointed to several important observations.(i) The CRE ages of meteorites increase in the order stones detection limits for cosmogenic nuclides and

Herzog, G. F.

2003-12-01

275

Determination and study of the cosmic-ray composition above 100 TeV  

SciTech Connect

This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The goal of this project was to develop a new technique using ground-based measurements to determine the cosmic-ray composition at energies around 10{sup 15} eV (the knee in the cosmic-ray spectrum). Cosmic rays are high-energy nuclei that continuously bombard the earth. Though cosmic rays were first detected in the 1870s it wasn`t until 1915 that their cosmic origin was established. At present, the authors still do not know the source of cosmic rays. At energies above 50 TeV (1 TeV = 1 trillion electron-volts) they do not know the composition of the cosmic rays. At about 5 PeV (1PeV = 10{sup 15} eV) the cosmic ray spectrum steepens. Knowledge of the composition above and below this point can help determine the origin of cosmic rays.

Sinnis, G.; Haines, T.J.; Hoffman, C.M. [and others

1998-11-01

276

29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101-104 Ground-level Events Measured with Milagro  

E-print Network

29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101-104 Ground-level Events Measured two independent integral measures of the cosmic-ray intensity[3]. The differential count rate between and other NMs. Milagro is a ground-level TeV gamma-ray telescope detecting gamma rays through the Ã?erenkov

California at Santa Cruz, University of

277

Tracking performance with cosmic rays in CMS  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The CMS Tracker is the biggest all-silicon detector in the world and is designed to be extremely efficient and accurate even in a very hostile environment such as the one close to the CMS collision point. It consists of an inner pixel detector, made of three barrel layers (48M pixels) and four forward disks (16M pixels), and an outer micro-strip detector, divided in two barrel sub-detectors, TIB and TOB, and two endcap sub-detectors, TID and TEC, for a total of 9.6M strips. The commissioning of the CMS Tracker detector has been initially carried out at the Tracker Integration Facility at CERN (TIF), where cosmic ray data were collected for the strip detector only, and is still ongoing at the CMS site (LHC Point 5). Here the Strip and Pixel detectors have been installed in the experiment and are taking part to the cosmic global-runs. After an overview of the tracking algorithms for cosmic-ray data reconstruction, the resulting tracking performance on cosmic data both at TIF and at P5 are presented. The excellent performance proves that the CMS Tracker is ready for the first collisions foreseen for 2009.

Cerati, G. B.; CMS Collaboration

2009-12-01

278

Cosmic X-ray physics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The analysis of the beryllium-filtered data from Flight 17.020 was completed. The data base provided by the Wisconsin diffuse X-ray sky survey is being analyzed by correlating the B and C band emission with individual velocity components of neutral hydrogen. Work on a solid state detector to be used in high resolution spectroscopy of diffuse or extend X-ray sources is continuing. A series of 21 cm observations was completed. A paper on the effects of process parameter variation on the reflectivity of sputter-deposited tungsten-carvon multilayers was published.

Mccammon, D.; Cox, D. P.; Kraushaar, W. L.; Sanders, W. T.

1986-01-01

279

EMMA an underground cosmic-ray experiment T. Enqvista  

E-print Network

of Oulu, Oulu, Finland g Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Helsinki, Finland A new cosmicEMMA ­ an underground cosmic-ray experiment T. Enqvista , L. Bezrukovb , H. Fynboc , E. Heikkil of cosmic rays at and above the knee region. The array, called EMMA (Experiment with MultiMuon Array

Usoskin, Ilya G.

280

Studies of cosmic rays with the anticoincidence system  

E-print Network

component of the cosmic radiation of galactic, solar and trapped nature. The main scientific objectiveStudies of cosmic rays with the anticoincidence system of the PAMELA satellite experiment SILVIO ORSI Doctoral Thesis Stockholm, Sweden 2007 #12;#12;Doctoral Thesis Studies of cosmic rays

Haviland, David

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Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays: New Physics or Old Physics?  

E-print Network

We consider the advantages of and the problems associated with hypotheses to explain the origin of ulthrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECR: E > 10 EeV) and the "trans GZK" cosmic rays (TGZK: E > 100 EeV), both through "old physics" (acceleration in cosmic sources) and "new physics" (new particles, topological defects, fat neutrino cross sections, Lorentz invariance violation).

F. W. Stecker

2004-07-15

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29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101106 A Search for Short Duration VHE Emission from GRBs with Milagro  

E-print Network

29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101­106 A Search for Short Duration VHE Mountains near Los Alamos, New Mex- ico, and is capable of detecting air showers induced by cosmic rays emission from GRBs. Due to the large cosmic-ray flux at the earth, the bulk of the events detected

California at Santa Cruz, University of

283

Strong variations of cosmic ray muons during thunderstorms  

Microsoft Academic Search

Experimental data about a strong decrease of the intensity of cosmic ray muons are presented. The event occurred during a\\u000a thunderstorm on September 24, 2007 in Baksan Valley (North Caucasus). The threshold energy of muons is 100 MeV. In comparison\\u000a with other events of this type detected previously, this event is remarkable by a longer duration (more than an hour

A. S. Lidvansky; N. S. Khaerdinov

2009-01-01

284

Simulation of Cosmic Ray neutrinos Interactions in Water  

E-print Network

The program CORSIKA, usually used to simulate extensive cosmic ray air showers, has been adapted to a water medium in order to study the acoustic detection of ultra high energy neutrinos. Showers in water from incident protons and from neutrinos have been generated and their properties are described. The results obtained from CORSIKA are compared to those from other available simulation programs such as Geant4.

T. Sloan

2006-09-21

285

Cosmic rays studied with a hybrid high school detector array  

E-print Network

The LORUN/NAHSA system is a pathfinder for hybrid cosmic ray research combined with education and outreach in the field of astro-particle physics. Particle detectors and radio antennae were mainly setup by students and placed on public buildings. After fully digital data acquisition, coincidence detections were selected. Three candidate events confirmed a working prototype, which can be multiplied to extend further particle detector arrays on high schools.

A. Nigl; C. Timmermans; P. Schellart; J. Kuijpers; H. Falcke; A. Horneffer; C. M. de Vos; Y. Koopman; H. J. Pepping; G. Schoonderbeek

2008-09-16

286

Cosmic-ray knee and flux of secondaries from interactions of cosmic rays with dark matter  

E-print Network

We discuss possible implications of a large interaction cross section between cosmic rays and dark matter particles due to new physics at the TeV scale. In particular, in models with extra dimensions and a low fundamental scale of gravity the cross section grows very fast at transplanckian energies. We argue that the knee observed in the cosmic ray flux could be caused by such interactions. We show that this hypothesis implies a well defined flux of secondary gamma rays that seems consistent with MILAGRO observations.

Manuel Masip; Iacopo Mastromatteo

2009-04-06

287

Reconstruction of Cosmic Ray Intensity Since 1610  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Open solar magnetic flux has been recently reconstructed by Solanki et al. (2000, 2002) for the last 400 years from sunspot data. Using this reconstructed magnetic flux as an input to a spherically symmetric quasi-steady state model of the heliosphere, we calculate the expected intensity of galactic cosmic rays at the Earth's orbit since 1610. This calculated cosmic ray intensity is in good agreement with the neutron monitor measurements during the last 50 years. Moreover, we calculate the flux of 2 GeV galactic protons and compare it to the cosmogenic 10Be level in polar ice in Greenland and Antarctica. An excellent agreement between the calculated and actual levels is found over the last 400 years.

Usoskin, I. G.; Mursula, K.; Solanki, S. K.; Schüssler, M.; Kovaltsov, G. A.

288

Cosmic Rays, Solar Activity and the Climate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Although it is generally believed that the increase in the mean global surface temperature since industrialisation is caused by the increase in green house gases in the atmosphere, some people cite solar activity, either directly or through its effect on cosmic rays, as an underestimated contributor to such global warming. In this paper a simplified version of the standard picture of the role of greenhouse gases in causing the global warming since industrialisation is described. The conditions necessary for this picture to be wholly or partially wrong are then introduced. Evidence is presented from which the contributions of either cosmic rays or solar activity to this warming is deduced. The contribution is shown to be less than 10% of the warming seen in the twentieth century.

Sloan, T.

2013-02-01

289

Cosmic rays, solar activity and the climate  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Although it is generally believed that the increase in the mean global surface temperature since industrialization is caused by the increase in green house gases in the atmosphere, some people cite solar activity, either directly or through its effect on cosmic rays, as an underestimated contributor to such global warming. In this letter a simplified version of the standard picture of the role of greenhouse gases in causing the global warming since industrialization is described. The conditions necessary for this picture to be wholly or partially wrong are then introduced. Evidence is presented from which the contributions of either cosmic rays or solar activity to this warming is deduced. The contribution is shown to be less than 10% of the warming seen in the twentieth century.

Sloan, T.; Wolfendale, A. W.

2013-12-01

290

Radiative Energy Loss by Galactic Cosmic Rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Interactions between galactic cosmic rays and matter are a primary focus of the NASA radiation problem. The electromagnetic forces involved are for the most part well documented. Building on previous research, this study investigated the relative importance of the weak forces that occur when a cosmic ray impinges on different types of materials. For the familiar electromagnetic case, it is known that energy lost in the form of radiation is more significant than that lost via contact collisions the rate at which the energy is lost is also well understood. Similar results were derived for the weak force case. It was found that radiation is also the dominant mode of energy loss in weak force interactions and that weak force effects are indeed relatively weak compared to electromagnetic effects.

Ahern, Sean C.; Norbury, John W.; Tripathi, R. K.

2002-01-01

291

Cosmic Ray Electron Science with GLAST  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Cosmic ray electrons at high energy carry information about their sources, their definition in local magnetic fields and their interactions with the photon fields through which they travel. The spectrum of the particles is affected by inverse Compton losses and synchrotron losses, the rates of which are proportional to the square of the particle's energy making the spectra very steep. However, GLAST will be able to make unique and very high statistics measurements of electrons from approx. 20 to approx. 700 GeV that will allow us to search for anisotropies in anival direction and spectral features associated with some dark matter candidates. Complementary information on electrons of still higher energy will be required to see effects of possible individual cosmic ray sources.

Ormes, J. F.; Moiseev, Alexander

2007-01-01

292

Quantum Black Holes from Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

We investigate the possibility for cosmic ray experiments to discover non-thermal small black holes with masses in the TeV range. Such black holes would result due to the impact between ultra high energy cosmic rays or neutrinos with nuclei from the upper atmosphere and decay instantaneously. They could be produced copiously if the Planck scale is in the few TeV region. As their masses are close to the Planck scale, these holes would typically decay into two particles emitted back-to-back. Depending on the angles between the emitted particles with respect to the center of mass direction of motion, it is possible for the simultaneous showers to be measured by the detectors.

Xavier Calmet; Lauretiu Ioan Caramete; Octavian Micu

2012-04-11

293

Hydromagnetic waves and cosmic ray diffusion theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Pitch angle diffusion of cosmic rays in hydromagnetic wave fields is considered strictly within the quasilinear approximation. It is shown that the popular assumption of an isotropic power spectrum tensor of magnetic fluctuations requires in this case equal forms and magnitudes of Alfven and magnetosonic wave spectra - a situation which is generally unlikely. The relative contributions to the pitch angle diffusion coefficient from the cyclotron resonances and Landau resonance due to the different types of waves are evaluated for a typical situation in the solar wind. Since in this approximation also the Landau resonance does not lead to particle reflections a proper consideration of the nonlinear particle orbits is indeed necessary to overcome the well known difficulties of quasilinear scattering theory for cosmic rays near 90 degrees pitch angle.

Lee, M. A.; Voelk, H. J.

1975-01-01

294

Phenomenology of cosmic ray air showers  

E-print Network

The properties of cosmic rays with energies above 1PeV have to be deduced from the spacetime structure and particle content of the air showers which they initiate. In this review, a summary of the phenomenology of these giant air showers is presented. We describe the hadronic interaction models used to extrapolate results from collider data to ultra high energies, an also the main electromagnetic processes that govern the longitudinal shower evolution as well as the lateral spread of particles.

M. T. Dova

2005-05-30

295

Strangelet propagation and cosmic ray flux  

E-print Network

The galactic propagation of cosmic ray strangelets is described and the resulting flux is calculated for a wide range of parameters as a prerequisite for strangelet searches in lunar soil and with an Earth orbiting magnetic spectrometer, AMS-02. While the inherent uncertainties are large, flux predictions at a measurable level are obtained for reasonable choices of parameters if strange quark matter is absolutely stable. This allows a direct test of the strange matter hypothesis.

Jes Madsen

2004-11-18

296

Cosmic ray gradients in the heliosphere  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Early estimates of the radial gradient made in the inner heliosphere are presented. In a discussion of discoveries in the outer heliosphere, consideration is given to low radial gradients and nonradial transport, the identification of different components, the large-scale organization of the heliospheric magnetic field, propagating modulation features, and latitude gradients. Current estimates of the spatial distribution of the cosmic ray intensity are presented as well.

Fillius, Walker

1989-01-01

297

Altitude variation of cosmic-ray neutrons  

Microsoft Academic Search

The altitude variation of the cosmic-ray neutron energy spectrum and the dose equivalent rate was measured at an average geomagnetic latitude of 24 degrees N by using the high-efficiency multi-sphere neutron spectrometer and neutron dose-equivalent counter developed by the authors. The data were obtained from a 2-h flight over Japan on 27 February 1985. The neutron energy spectra measured at

T. Nakamura; Y. Uwamino; T. Ohkubo; A. Hara

1987-01-01

298

Cosmic rays in the heliosphere: Observations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This contribution to the 100th commemoration of the discovery of cosmic rays (6-8 August, 2012 in Bad Saarow, Germany) is about observations of those cosmic rays that are sensitive to the structure and the dynamics of the heliosphere. This places them in the energy range of 107-1010 eV. For higher energies the heliosphere becomes transparent; below this energy range the particles become strictly locked into the solar wind. Rather than give a strict chronological development, the paper is divided into distinct topics. It starts with the Pioneer/Voyager missions to the outer edges of the heliosphere, because the most recent observations indicate that a distinct boundary of the heliosphere might have been reached at the time of the meeting. Thereafter, the Ulysses mission is described as a unique one because it is still the only spacecraft that has explored the heliosphere at very high latitudes. Next, anomalous cosmic rays, discovered in 1972-1974, constitute a separate component that is ideally suited to study the acceleration and transport of energetic particles in the heliosphere. At this point the history and development of ground-based observations is discussed, with its unique contribution to supply a stable, long-term record. The last topic is about solar energetic particles with energies up to ?1010 eV.

Moraal, Harm

2014-01-01

299

Time-dependent cosmic ray modulation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Time-dependent cosmic ray modulation is calculated over multiple solar cycles using our well established two-dimensional time-dependent modulation model. Results are compared to Voyager 1, Ulysses and IMP cosmic ray observations to establish compatibility. A time-dependence in the diffusion and drift coefficients, implicitly contained in recent expressions derived by Teufel and Schlickeiser (2002), Shalchi et al. (2004), Minnie et al. (2007), Engelbrecht (2008), is incorporated into the cosmic ray modulation model. This results in calculations which are compatible with spacecraft observations on a global scale over consecutive solar cycles. This approach compares well to the successful compound approach of Ferreira and Potgieter (2004). For both these approaches the magnetic field magnitude, variance of the field and current sheet tilt angle values observed at Earth are transported time-dependently into the outer heliosphere. However, when results are compared to observations for extreme solar maximum, the computed step-like modulation is not as pronounced as observed. This indicates that some additional merging of these structures into more pronounced modulation barriers along the way is needed.

Manuel, R.; Ferreira, S. E. S.; Potgieter, M. S.; Strauss, R. D.; Engelbrecht, N. E.

2011-05-01

300

Erich Regener - a forgotten cosmic ray pioneer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the 1930s the German physicist Erich Regener (1881-1955), did important work on the measurement of the rate production of ionisation in the atmosphere and deep under-water. He discovered, along with one of his students, Georg Pfotzer, the altitude at which the production of ionisation in the atmosphere reaches a maximum, often and misleadingly called the Pfotzer maximum. He was one of the first to estimate the energy density of cosmic rays, an estimate used by Baade and Zwicky to postulate that supernovae might be the source of cosmic rays. Yet Regener's name is little known largely because he was forced to take early retirement by the National Socialists in 1937 as his wife had Jewish ancestors. In this paper we review his work on cosmic rays and the subsequent influence that he had on the subject through his son, his son-in-law, his grandson and his students. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics by Schroedinger in 1938. He died in 1955 at the age of 73.

Carlson, Per; Watson, Alan

2013-04-01

301

Cosmic ray anisotropies near the heliopause  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Context. The Voyager 1 spacecraft became the first man-made probe to cross the heliopause into the local interstellar medium and measure the galactic environment, including charged particle intensities, in situ. Aims: We qualitatively explain the observed anisotropies of galactic and anomalous cosmic rays in the interstellar medium. Methods: A pitch-angle-dependent numerical model was constructed and applied to the study of both heliospheric (anomalous cosmic rays and termination shock particles) and galactic cosmic rays near the heliopause region. Results: In accordance with the observations, the model is able to reproduce the observed anisotropic nature of both particle populations. In the interstellar medium, the heliospheric particle distribution shows a peak at pitch angles near 90°, while for galactic particles, their distribution shows a deficiency at these pitch-angle values. Conclusions: The observed anisotropies are related to the pitch-angle dependence of the perpendicular diffusion coefficient, and if this dependence is chosen appropriately, the anisotropies observed by Voyager 1 can be explained naturally.

Strauss, R. D.; Fichtner, H.

2014-12-01

302

Cosmic electrons, galactic radio background and cosmic ray confinement  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Cosmic ray electron measurements and radio background data are analyzed to obtain bounds on the galactic magnetic fields. It is shown that the magnetic field required to explain the radio flux must be greater than 2 micro Gauss. The difference in the steepening of the radio spectra towards the Anticenter and the Halo Minimum provides evidence that the magnetic field decreases with the height above the galactic plane. The calculations of Bulanov and Dogiel (1975) are applied to the radio and electron observations. It is shown that the most plausible interpretation of these results requires that the electron injection spectrum has an intrinsic flattening below a few GeV. The observed steepening of radio and electron data is apparently a combined effect of the injection spectrum and the first break due to continuous energy loss of electrons in space.

Badhwar, G. D.; Daniel, R. R.; Stephens, S. A.

1978-01-01

303

FAMOUS - A prototype silicon photomultiplier telescope for the fluorescence detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Due to their high photon detection efficiency, silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) promise to increase the sensitivity of today's fluorescence telescopes which use photomultiplier tubes to detect light originating from extensive air showers. On the other hand, drawbacks like a small sensitive area, a strong temperature dependence, a high noise rate and a reduced dynamic range have to be managed. We present plans for FAMOUS, a prototype fluorescence telescope using SiPMs and a special light collecting optical system of Winston cones to increase the sensitive area. The prototype will make use of a Fresnel lens. For several different types of SiPMs we measured their characteristics. Moreover, we will present the R&D in compact modular electronics using photon counting techniques. An evaluation of the performance of the optical telescope design is performed by means of a full detector simulation.

Stephan, Maurice; Assis, Pedro; Brogueira, Pedro; Ferreira, Miguel; Hebbeker, Thomas; Lauscher, Markus; Mendes, Luís; Meurer, Christine; Middendorf, Lukas; Pimenta, Mário; Schumacher, Johannes

2013-06-01

304

Cosmic X-ray physics  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The soft X-ray sky survey data are combined with the results from the UXT sounding rocket payload. Very strong constraints can then be placed on models of the origin of the soft diffuse background. Additional observational constraints force more complicated and realistic models. Significant progress was made in the extraction of more detailed spectral information from the UXT data set. Work was begun on a second generation proportional counter response model. The first flight of the sounding rocket will have a collimator to study the diffuse background.

Mccammon, D.; Cox, D. P.; Kraushaar, W. L.; Sanders, W. T.

1987-01-01

305

Measurement of the near-infrared fluorescence of the air for the detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

We have investigated the fluorescence emission in the near infrared from the air and its main components, nitrogen and oxygen. The gas was excited by a 95kV electron beam and the fluorescence light detected by an InGaAs photodiode, sensitive down to about 1700nm. We have recorded the emission spectra by means of a Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometer. The light yield

E. Conti; G. Sartori; G. Viola

2011-01-01

306

Cosmic X-ray background and solitars.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper the authors has examined the observational consequences of a class of new astronomical objects proposed by Friedberg, Lee and Pang, called solitars which are degenerate vacuum states embedded with particles. A study is made to include finite temperature effect and pair creation. Quark is believed to be the only species that can exist in the interior of solitars. Massive quark solitars are primarily X-ray emitters and may account for the large unexplained thermal component of the cosmic X-ray background.

Chiu, H.-Y.

307

Simulating field-aligned diffusion of a cosmic ray gas  

E-print Network

The macroscopic behaviour of cosmic rays in turbulent magnetic fields is discussed. An implementation of anisotropic diffusion of cosmic rays with respect to the magnetic field in a non-conservative, high-order, finite-difference magnetohydrodynamic code is discussed. It is shown that the standard implementation fails near singular X-points of the magnetic field, which are common if the field is random. A modification to the diffusion model for cosmic rays is described and the resulting telegraph equation (implemented by solving a dynamic equation for the diffusive flux of cosmic rays) is used; it is argued that this modification may better describe the physics of cosmic ray diffusion. The present model reproduces several processes important for the propagation and local confinement of cosmic rays, including spreading perpendicular to the local large-scale magnetic field, controlled by the random-to-total magnetic field ratio, and the balance between cosmic ray pressure and magnetic tension. Cosmic ray diffusion is discussed in the context of a random magnetic field produced by turbulent dynamo action. It is argued that energy equipartition between cosmic rays and other constituents of the interstellar medium do not necessarily imply that cosmic rays play a significant role in the balance of forces.

A. P. Snodin; Axel Brandenburg; A. J. Mee; Anvar Shukurov

2005-07-07

308

Pierre Auger Enhancements: Transition from Galactic to Extragalactic Cosmic Ray Sources  

SciTech Connect

The Pierre Auger Collaboration has decided to include detector enhancements in order to have unitary detection efficiencies down to 1017 eV in cosmic rays detection. These enhancements consist in high elevation telescopes and an infill area with both surface detectors and underground muon counters thus allowing a detailed study of the spectrum region where the cosmic rays sources are assumed to change from galactic to extragalactic origins.

Etchegoyen, A. [Laboratorio Tandar - Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Regional Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Melo, D.; Supanitsky, A. D. [Laboratorio Tandar - Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Medina, M. C. [Laboratorio Tandar - Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina); CONICET. Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2007-06-19

309

Prospects for detection of the lunar Cerenkov emission by the UHE Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos using the GMRT and the Ooty Radio Telescope  

E-print Network

Searching for the Ultra high energy Cosmic rays and Neutrinos of $> 10^{20} eV$ is of great cosmological importance. A powerful technique is to search for the \\v{C}erenkov radio emission caused by UHECR or UHE neutrinos impinging on the lunar regolith. We examine in this paper feasibility of detecting these events by observing with the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) which has a large collecting area and operates over a wide frequency range with an orthogonal polarisation capability. We discuss here prospects of observations of the \\v{C}erenkov radio emission with the GMRT at 140 MHZ with 32 MHz bandwidth using the incoherent array and also forming 25 beams of the Central Array to cover the moon. We also consider using the Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT) which was specially designed in 1970 for tracking the Moon. With the ORT (530m long and 30m wide parabolic cylinder) it becomes possible to track the Moon for 9.5 hours on a given day by a simple rotation along the long axis of the parabolic cylinder. ORT operates at 325 MHz and has an effective collecting area of ~ 8000 $m^2.$ Recently a digital system has been installed by scientists of the Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore and the Radio Astronomy Centre (RAC) of NCRA/TIFR, at Ooty allowing a bandwidth of 10 MHz with ~ 40 ns sampling. It is possible to form 6 beams covering the Moon and 7th beam far away for discrimination of any terrestrial RFI. Increasing the bandwidth of the existing 12 beam analogue system of the ORT from 4 MHz to 15 MHz to be sampled digitally is planned. It is shown that by observing the Moon for $\\ge$ 1000 hrs using the ORT it will provide appreciably higher sensitivity than past searches made elsewhere. Using the GMRT and ORT, it may be possible to reach sensitivity to test the Waxman-Bachall limit on UHE neutrino flux.

Govind Swarup; Sukanta Panda

2008-05-28

310

Cosmic Ray Positrons from Pulsars  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Pulsars are potential Galactic sources of positrons through pair cascades in their magnetospheres. There are, however, many uncertainties in establishing their contribution to the local primary positron flux. Among these are the local density of pulsars, the cascade pair multiplicities that determine the injection rate of positrons from the pulsar, the acceleration of the injected particles by the pulsar wind termination shock, their rate of escape from the pulsar wind nebula, and their propagation through the interstellar medium. I will discuss these issues in the context of what we are learning from the new Fermi pulsar detections and discoveries.

Harding, Alice K.

2010-01-01

311

Cosmic-Ray Neon, Wolf-Rayet Stars, and the Superbubble Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report the abundances of neon isotopes in the Galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) using data from the Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) aboard the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE). These abundances have been measured for seven energy intervals over the energy range of 84<=E/M<=273 MeV nucleon-1. We have derived the 22Ne/20Ne ratio at the cosmic-ray source using the measured 21Ne, 19F, and 17O abundances as ``tracers'' of secondary production of the neon isotopes. Using this approach, the 22Ne/20Ne abundance ratio that we obtain for the cosmic-ray source is 0.387+/-0.007(statistical)+/-0.022(systematic). This corresponds to an enhancement by a factor of 5.3+/-0.3 over the 22Ne/20Ne ratio in the solar wind. This cosmic-ray source 22Ne/20Ne ratio is also significantly larger than that found in anomalous cosmic rays, solar energetic particles, most meteoritic samples of matter, and interplanetary dust particles. We compare our ACE CRIS data for neon and refractory isotope ratios, and data from other experiments, with recent results from two-component Wolf-Rayet (W-R) models. The three largest deviations of GCR isotope ratios from solar system ratios predicted by these models, 12C/16O, 22Ne/20Ne, and 58Fe/56Fe, are indeed present in the GCRs. In fact, all of the isotope ratios that we have measured are consistent with a GCR source consisting of about 80% material with solar system composition and about 20% W-R material. Since W-R stars are evolutionary products of OB stars, and most OB stars exist in OB associations that form superbubbles, the good agreement of these data with W-R models suggests that superbubbles are the likely source of at least a substantial fraction of GCRs.

Binns, W. R.; Wiedenbeck, M. E.; Arnould, M.; Cummings, A. C.; George, J. S.; Goriely, S.; Israel, M. H.; Leske, R. A.; Mewaldt, R. A.; Meynet, G.; Scott, L. M.; Stone, E. C.; von Rosenvinge, T. T.

2005-11-01

312

SUPERNOVA REMNANT KES 17: AN EFFICIENT COSMIC RAY ACCELERATOR INSIDE A MOLECULAR CLOUD  

SciTech Connect

The supernova remnant Kes 17 (SNR G304.6+0.1) is one of a few but growing number of remnants detected across the electromagnetic spectrum. In this paper, we analyze recent radio, X-ray, and ?-ray observations of this object, determining that efficient cosmic ray acceleration is required to explain its broadband non-thermal spectrum. These observations also suggest that Kes 17 is expanding inside a molecular cloud, though our determination of its age depends on whether thermal conduction or clump evaporation is primarily responsible for its center-filled thermal X-ray morphology. Evidence for efficient cosmic ray acceleration in Kes 17 supports recent theoretical work concluding that the strong magnetic field, turbulence, and clumpy nature of molecular clouds enhance cosmic ray production in supernova remnants. While additional observations are needed to confirm this interpretation, further study of Kes 17 is important for understanding how cosmic rays are accelerated in supernova remnants.

Gelfand, Joseph D. [NYU Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box 903, New York, NY 10276 (United States); Castro, Daniel [MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, 77 Massachusetts Avenue 37-241, Cambridge, MA 02139 (United States); Slane, Patrick O. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Temim, Tea [Observational Cosmology Lab, Code 665, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 (United States); Hughes, John P. [Department of Physics and Astronomy Rutgers University 136 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (United States); Rakowski, Cara, E-mail: jg168@cosmo.nyu.edu, E-mail: cara.rakowski@gmail.com [United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA (United States)

2013-11-10

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The Universe Viewed in Gamma-Rays 1 Galactic Diffuse Gamma-ray Spectrum from Cosmic-ray In-  

E-print Network

The Universe Viewed in Gamma-Rays 1 Galactic Diffuse Gamma-ray Spectrum from Cosmic-ray In- teractions with Gas Clouds Michiko OHISHI and Masaki MORI Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University, Australia Abstract Gamma-ray spectra from cosmic-ray proton and electron interactions with gas clouds have

Mori, Masaki

314

Cosmic Ray and Tev Gamma Ray Generation by Quasar Remnants  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Results from new broadband (radio to X-ray) high-resolution imaging studies of the dormant quasar remnant cores of nearby giant elliptical galaxies are now shown to permit the harboring of compact dynamos capable of generating the highest energy cosmic ray particles and associated curvature radiation of TeV photons. Confirmation would imply a global inflow of interstellar gas all the way to the accretion powered supermassive black hole at the center of the host galaxy.

Boldt, Elihu; Loewenstein, Michael; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

2000-01-01

315

Cosmic-ray effects on diffuse gamma-ray measurements.  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Evaluation of calculations and experimental evidence from 600-MeV proton irradiation indicating that cosmic-ray-induced radioactivity in detectors used to measure the diffuse gamma-ray background produces a significant counting rate in the energy region around 1 MeV. It is concluded that these counts may be responsible for the observed flattening of the diffuse photon spectrum at this energy.

Fishman, G. J.

1972-01-01

316

An Inexpensive Cosmic Ray Detector for the Classroom  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Finding ways to demonstrate—in a high school classroom—that subatomic particles from space produce other particles capable of reaching the Earth's surface is not a trivial task. In this paper, we describe a Geiger-Muller tube-based cosmic ray coincidence detector we produced at a total cost of less than 200, using two tubes purchased used online; if the tubes were purchased new, the total cost would be about 325. Our detector is able to produce unambiguous CR detections in just 1000 total seconds of data collection. Furthermore, it is small and easily manipulated, allowing us to easily demonstrate the relationship between cosmic ray flux and the zenith angle.

Goldader, Jeffrey D.; Choi, Seulah

2010-12-01

317

Ground detectors for the study of cosmic ray showers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We describe the work that we have done over the last decade to design and construct instruments to measure properties of cosmic rays in Mexico. We describe the detection of decaying and crossing muons in a water Cherenkov detector and discuss an application of these results to calibrate water Cherenkov detectors. We also describe a technique to separate isolated isolated muons and electrons in water Cherenkov detector. Next we describe the design and performance of a hybrid extensive air shower detector array built on the Campus of the University of Puebla (19°N, 90°W, 800 g/cm2) to measure the energy, arrival direction and composition of primary cosmic rays with energies around 1 PeV.

Salazar, H.; Villasenor, L.

2008-06-01

318

Constraint on electromagnetic acceleration of highest energy cosmic rays.  

PubMed

The energetics of electromagnetic acceleration of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) is constrained both by confinement of a particle within an acceleration site and by radiative energy losses of the particle in the confining magnetic fields. We demonstrate that the detection of approximately 3 x 10(20) eV events is inconsistent with the hypothesis that compact cosmic accelerators with high magnetic fields can be the sources of UHECRs. This rules out the most popular candidates, namely spinning neutron stars, active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Galaxy clusters and, perhaps, AGN radio lobes and gamma-ray burst blast waves remain the only possible (although not very strong) candidates for UHECR acceleration sites. Our analysis places no limit on linear accelerators. With the data from the future Auger experiment one should be able to answer whether a conventional theory works or some new physics is required to explain the origin of UHECRs. PMID:12786427

Medvedev, Mikhail V

2003-04-01

319

SurveillanceRadiographic imaging with cosmic-ray muons  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Despite its enormous success, X-ray radiography has its limitations: an inability to penetrate dense objects, the need for multiple projections to resolve three-dimensional structure, and health risks from radiation. Here we show that natural background muons, which are generated by cosmic rays and are highly penetrating, can be used for radiographic imaging of medium-to-large, dense objects, without these limitations and with a reasonably short exposure time. This inexpensive and harmless technique may offer a useful alternative for detecting dense materials - for example, a block of uranium concealed inside a truck full of sheep.

Borozdin, Konstantin N.; Hogan, Gary E.; Morris, Christopher; Priedhorsky, William C.; Saunders, Alexander; Schultz, Larry J.; Teasdale, Margaret E.

2003-03-01

320

Evaluation of cosmic ray rejection algorithms on single-shot exposures  

E-print Network

To maximise data output from single-shot astronomical images, the rejection of cosmic rays is important. We present the results of a benchmark trial comparing various cosmic ray rejection algorithms. The procedures assess relative performances and characteristics of the processes in cosmic ray detection, rates of false detections of true objects and the quality of image cleaning and reconstruction. The cosmic ray rejection algorithms developed by Rhoads (2000), van Dokkum (2001), Pych (2004) and the IRAF task xzap by Dickinson are tested using both simulated and real data. It is found that detection efficiency is independent of the density of cosmic rays in an image, being more strongly affected by the density of real objects in the field. As expected, spurious detections and alterations to real data in the cleaning process are also significantly increased by high object densities. We find the Rhoads' linear filtering method to produce the best performance in detection of cosmic ray events, however, the popular van Dokkum algorithm exhibits the highest overall performance in terms of detection and cleaning.

Catherine L. Farage; Kevin A. Pimbblet

2005-06-21

321

Cosmic Ray Helium Intensities over the Solar Cycle from ACE  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Observations of cosmic-ray helium energy spectra provide important constraints on cosmic ray origin and propagation. However, helium intensities measured at Earth are affected by solar modulation, especially below several GeV/nucleon. Observations of helium intensities over a solar cycle are important for understanding how solar modulation affects galactic cosmic ray intensities and for separating the contributions of anomalous and galactic cosmic rays. The Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) on ACE has been measuring cosmic ray isotopes, including helium, since 1997 with high statistical precision. We present helium elemental intensities between approx. 10 to approx. 100 MeV/nucleon from the Solar Isotope Spectrometer (SIS) and CRIS observations over a solar cycle and compare these results with the observations from other satellite and balloon-borne instruments, and with GCR transport and solar modulation models.

DeNolfo, G. A.; Yanasak, N. E.; Binns, W. R.; Cohen, C. M. S.; Cummings, A. C.; Davis, A. J.; George, J. S.; Hink. P. L.; Israel, M. H.; Lave, K.; Leske, R. A.; Mewaldt, R. A.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Ogliore, R.; Stone, E. C.; Von Rosenvinge, T. T.; Wiedenback, M. E.

2007-01-01

322

On the escape of particles from cosmic ray modified shocks  

E-print Network

Stationary solutions to the problem of particle acceleration at shock waves in the non-linear regime, when the dynamical reaction of the accelerated particles on the shock cannot be neglected, are known to show a prominent energy flux escaping from the shock towards upstream infinity. On physical grounds, the escape of particles from the upstream region of a shock has to be expected in all those situations in which the maximum momentum of accelerated particles, $p_{max}$, decreases with time, as is the case for the Sedov-Taylor phase of expansion of a shell Supernova Remnant, when both the shock velocity and the cosmic ray induced magnetization decrease. In this situation, at each time $t$, particles with momenta larger than $p_{max}(t)$ leave the system from upstream, carrying away a large fraction of the energy if the shock is strongly modified by the presence of cosmic rays. This phenomenon is of crucial importance for explaining the cosmic ray spectrum detected at Earth. In this paper we discuss how this escape flux appears in the different approaches to non-linear diffusive shock acceleration, and especially in the quasi-stationary semi-analytical kinetic ones. We apply our calculations to the Sedov-Taylor phase of a typical supernova remnant, including in a self-consistent way particle acceleration, magnetic field amplification and the dynamical reaction on the shock structure of both particles and fields. Within this framework we calculate the temporal evolution of the maximum energy reached by the accelerated particles and of the escape flux towards upstream infinity. The latter quantity is directly related to the cosmic ray spectrum detected at Earth.

D. Caprioli; P. Blasi; E. Amato

2008-07-26

323

Development of cosmic-ray tracker for KASKA neutrino oscillation experiment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A cosmic-ray tracking system to trace the cosmic muon passage will be installed in the detector for the planned reactor-neutrino oscillation experiment KASKA. Background events due to isotopes produced in the spallation reaction by the cosmic muons can be estimated by their association to the cosmic-ray track. For this detector, we propose a scheme of a cosmic-ray tracker consisting of extruded plastic scintillators with wavelength-shifting fiber readout. It aims at an improvement of position uniformity, detection efficiency, and detection accuracy by using the time difference between both sides of scintillator bar. Some basic performances of prototype detector were measured by beam test at the 12-GeV Proton Synchrotron in High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK).

Maeda, J.; Matsubara, T.; Nitta, K.; Kuze, M.; (For Kaska Collaboration)

2007-12-01

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29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101-104 Front End Electronics for Calorimetry in Space  

E-print Network

29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101-104 Front End Electronics) and will record several billions cosmic rays per year of operation. The ECAL frond-end read-out was designed topological trigger for the detection of gamma-ray showers. It will be described in detail with the main

Boyer, Edmond

325

Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays: present status and future prospects  

E-print Network

Reasons for the current interest in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV are described. The latest results on the energy spectrum, arrival direction distribution and mass composition of cosmic rays are reviewed, including data that were reported after the meeting in Blois in June 2001. The enigma set by the existence of ultra high-energy cosmic rays remains. Ideas proposed to explain it are discussed and progress with the construction of the Pierre Auger Observatory is outlined.

A. A. Watson

2001-12-20

326

Rapid Cosmic Ray Fluctuations: Evidence for Cyclic Behaviour  

Microsoft Academic Search

We study rapid cosmic-ray fluctuations using 5-min resolution data from eight neutron monitors with different cutoff rigidities\\u000a as well as from the ACE satellite. We define a proxy index of rapid cosmic-ray fluctuations as the mean power of the cosmic-ray\\u000a power spectrum in the frequency range 10?4 ?1.67 × 10?3 Hz (10 min to about 3 h). A dominant 11-year

S. A. Starodubtsev; I. G. Usoskin; K. Mursula

2004-01-01

327

Time Evolution of Cosmic Ray MHD Shocks and Their Emissions  

E-print Network

We present results of time evolution of oblique MHD plane shocks including diffusive cosmic ray acceleration with backreaction on the plasma flows. The simulations include self-consistent effects of finite Alfven wave propagation and dissipation. From the computed cosmic ray particle phase space distributions we calculate expected leptonic and hadronic emissions resulting from interactions between the cosmic rays, magnetic fields, the thermal particle population and relevant astrophysical photon fields.

P. P. Edmon; T. W. Jones; H. Kang

2007-06-05

328

Constraining the Cosmic-ray Acceleration and Gamma-ray Emission Processes in IC 443  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Supernova remnants are widely believed to be the sources responsible for the acceleration of Galactic cosmic rays. Over the last few years, observations made with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have confirmed that cosmic-ray nuclei are indeed accelerated in some supernova remnants, including IC 443, which is a prototype for supernova remnants interacting with molecular clouds. Still, while cosmic-ray acceleration has been confirmed for IC 443, through the detection of the characteristic pion-decay signature, the acceleration processes are not fully understood, in part because the basic model parameters are not always well constrained. Here, we propose FUV observations of two stars probing diffuse molecular gas in IC 443. One star probes the interior region of the supernova remnant, while the other is located just outside the visible edge of IC 443. This arrangement will allow us to evaluate the physical conditions in pre-shock and post-shock gas through a comprehensive analysis of interstellar absorption lines. A major component of the analysis will involve the derivation of gas densities and kinetic temperatures from the relative populations of collisionally-excited fine-structure levels in C I and O I. A determination of the post-shock temperature will yield the shock velocity, which will constrain not only the age of IC 443, but also the cosmic-ray acceleration efficiency. The observed B/O ratio will also help to constrain the cosmic-ray content in the gas. These results will be of primary importance in accessing the role of supernova remnants as sources of Galactic cosmic rays.

Ritchey, Adam

2014-10-01

329

Cosmic ray constraints on singlino-like dark matter candidates  

E-print Network

Recent results from direct detection experiments (Dama, CoGeNT), though subject to debate, seem to point toward a low mass (few GeV) dark matter (DM) particle. However, low mass DM candidates are not easily achieved in the MSSM nor NMSSM. As shown by some authors, singlet extensions of the MSSM can lead to GeV mass neutralinos and satisfy relic abundance constraints. We propose here to extract indirect detection constraints on these models in a generic way from cosmic-ray anti-proton measurements (PAMELA data)

Timur Delahaye; David Cerdeño; Julien Lavalle

2011-06-10

330

PeV neutrinos from intergalactic interactions of cosmic rays emitted by active galactic nuclei.  

PubMed

The observed very high energy spectra of distant blazars are well described by secondary gamma rays produced in line-of-sight interactions of cosmic rays with background photons. In the absence of the cosmic-ray contribution, one would not expect to observe very hard spectra from distant sources, but the cosmic ray interactions generate very high energy gamma rays relatively close to the observer, and they are not attenuated significantly. The same interactions of cosmic rays are expected to produce a flux of neutrinos with energies peaked around 1 PeV. We show that the diffuse isotropic neutrino background from many distant sources can be consistent with the neutrino events recently detected by the IceCube experiment. We also find that the flux from any individual nearby source is insufficient to account for these events. The narrow spectrum around 1 PeV implies that some active galactic nuclei can accelerate protons to EeV energies. PMID:23931348

Kalashev, Oleg E; Kusenko, Alexander; Essey, Warren

2013-07-26

331

Origin and propagation of galactic cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The study of systematic trends in elemental abundances is important for unfolding the nuclear and/or atomic effects that should govern the shaping of source abundances and in constraining the parameters of cosmic ray acceleration models. In principle, much can be learned about the large-scale distributions of cosmic rays in the galaxy from all-sky gamma ray surveys such as COS-B and SAS-2. Because of the uncertainties in the matter distribution which come from the inability to measure the abundance of molecular hydrogen, the results are somewhat controversial. The leaky-box model accounts for a surprising amount of the data on heavy nuclei. However, a growing body of data indicates that the simple picture may have to be abandoned in favor of more complex models which contain additional parameters. Future experiments on the Spacelab and space station will hopefully be made of the spectra of individual nuclei at high energy. Antiprotons must be studied in the background free environment above the atmosphere with much higher reliability and presion to obtain spectral information.

Cesarsky, Catherine J.; Ormes, Jonathan F.

1987-01-01

332

Galactic origin of cosmic rays I  

SciTech Connect

The theoretical basis for the supernova envelope shock origin of cosmic rays is reviewed. The theoretical explanation of the SN Type I light curve requires the ejection of a relativistic mass fraction. The criterion of the adiabatic decelleration by Alfven wave trapping neither applies in theory, when ..beta.. > 1, or practice, the Starfish high altitude nuclear explosion experiment. Arguments of delayed acceleration due to K-capture are not applicable to SN ejecta because a period of prompt recombination exists before subsequent stripping in propagation.

Colgate, S.A.

1981-01-01

333

Turbulent heating in solar cosmic ray theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The heating of minor ions in solar flares by wave-wave-particle interaction with Langmuir waves, or ion acoustic waves, can be described by a diffusion equation in velocity-space for the particle distribution function. The dependence of the heating on the ion charge and mass, and on the composition of the plasma, is examined in detail. It is found that the heating mechanisms proposed by Ibragimov and Kocharov cannot account for the enhanced abundances of heavy elements in the solar cosmic rays.

Weatherall, J.

1983-01-01

334

High-Energy Cosmic Ray Event Data from the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory  

DOE Data Explorer

The Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory in Mendoza, Argentina is the result of an international collaboration funded by 15 countries and many different organizations. Its mission is to capture high-energy cosmic ray events or air showers for research into their origin and nature. The Pierre Auger Collaboration agreed to make 1% of its data available to the public. The Public Event Explorer is a search tool that allows users to browse or search for and display figures and data plots of events collected since 2004. The repository is updated daily, and, as of June, 2014, makes more than 35,000 events publicly available. The energy of a cosmic ray is measured in Exa electron volts or EeV. These event displays can be browsed in order of their energy level from 0.1 to 41.1 EeV. Each event has an individual identification number.

The event displays provide station data, cosmic ray incoming direction, various energy measurements, plots, vector-based images, and an ASCII data file.

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CRAnE: A JAS-based Data Acquisition System for Cosmic Rays  

SciTech Connect

Cosmic Ray Analysis Environment (CRAnE) is a software tool designed to collect and plot data from a cosmic ray telescope (CRT) connected to a computer serial port. As a plug-in to Java Analysis Studio (JAS), CRAnE provides visual displays of incoming cosmic ray rates as they are detected. In an effort to make the program user-friendly, it operates through a graphical user interface. This paper describes the features of CRAnE and includes installation and operation instructions in the appended user's manual.

Langeveld, Willy G.J.

2003-08-25

336

The first cosmic ray albedo proton map of the Moon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Neutrons emitted from the Moon are produced by the impact of galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) within the regolith. GCRs are high-energy particles capable of smashing atomic nuclei in the lunar regolith and producing a shower of energetic protons, neutrons and other subatomic particles. Secondary particles that are ejected out of the regolith become “albedo” particles. The neutron albedo has been used to study the hydrogen content of the lunar regolith, which motivates our study of albedo protons. In principle, the albedo protons should vary as a function of the input GCR source and possibly as a result of surface composition and properties. During the LRO mission, the total detection rate of albedo protons between 60 MeV and 150 MeV has been declining since 2009 in parallel with the decline in the galactic cosmic ray flux, which validates the concept of an albedo proton source. On the other hand, the average yield of albedo protons has been increasing as the galactic cosmic ray spectrum has been hardening, consistent with a disproportionately stronger modulation of lower energy GCRs as solar activity increases. We construct the first map of the normalized albedo proton emission rate from the lunar surface to look for any albedo variation that correlates with surface features. The map is consistent with a spatially uniform albedo proton yield to within statistical uncertainties.

Wilson, Jody K.; Spence, Harlan E.; Kasper, Justin; Golightly, Michael; Bern Blake, J.; Mazur, Joe E.; Townsend, Lawrence W.; Case, Anthony W.; Dixon Looper, Mark; Zeitlin, Cary; Schwadron, Nathan A.

2012-06-01

337

Gamma-rays, cosmic rays, and galactic structure  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The relation of SAS-2 observations of galactic gamma-rays to the large scale distribution of cosmic rays and interstellar gas in the galaxy is reviewed. Starting with a discussion of production rates, the case for pion decay being the predominant production mechanism in the galactic disk above 100 MeV is reestablished, and it is also pointed out that Compton gamma-rays can be a significant source near l = 0. The concepts of four distinct galactic regions are defined, viz. the nebulodisk, ectodisk, radiodisk and exodisk. Bremsstrahlung and pion decay gamma-rays are associated with the first two (primarily the first) regions, and Compton gamma-rays and synchrotron radiation are associated with the latter two regions. On a large scale, the cosmic rays, interstellar gas (primarily H2 clouds in the inner galaxy) and gamma-ray emissivity all peak between 5 and 6 kpc from the galactic center. This correlation is related to correlation with other population I phenomena and is discussed in terms of the density wave concept of galactic structure.

Stecker, F. W.

1976-01-01

338

Effect of Cosmic-ray Shielding in Passive Neutron Coincidence Counting  

SciTech Connect

The minimum detectable Pu-240 effective mass for a passive neutron coincidence counter (PNCC) in a given measurement situation is ultimately set by the background neutron rate. Assuming that there is no significant source of neutron emission in the proximity of the system, the background rate is usually dominated by cosmic ray induced neutrons. In order to improve the detection limits overhead cosmic ray shielding should be considered. In this paper, we present results from an experimental assessment and calculations of the effect of overhead shielding on the cosmic ray induced neutron events. Background data were taken with a pair of active-well coincidence counters in different locations under different thicknesses and configurations of concrete to provide shielding from cosmic rays. Comparisons are made to historical performance data and to published work. These results will be useful when considering the location and shielding of PNCC systems. (authors)

Alvarez, E.; Wilkins, C.G. [CANBERRA Harwell Ltd., B528.10 Unit 1, Harwell International Business Centre, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX 11 0TA (United Kingdom); Croft, S.; McElroy, R.D.; Mueller, W.F.; Philips, S. [CANBERRA Industries Inc., 800 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT, 06450 (United States)

2006-07-01

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32ND INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE, BEIJING 2011 Solar modulation of cosmic rays since 1936: Neutron monitors and balloon-borne data  

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of flux of cosmic ray ionizing radiation in the stratosphere performed by the Lebedev Physical Institute32ND INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE, BEIJING 2011 Solar modulation of cosmic rays since 1936 used to parameterize the energy spectrum of galactic cosmic rays, for the period from July 1936 through

Usoskin, Ilya G.

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32ND INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE, BEIJING 2011 Numerical model of cosmic ray induced ionization in the atmosphere CRAC:CRII  

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32ND INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE, BEIJING 2011 Numerical model of cosmic ray induced.Peterersburg, Russia 3 St. Petersburg State University, Russia ilya.usoskin@oulu.fi Abstract: Cosmic rays form the main cascade initiated by cosmic rays in the atmosphere. Here we present a new version of the CRAC:CRII model

Usoskin, Ilya G.

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30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Rapid cosmic ray fluctuations in real-time during the SEP events in December 2006  

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30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Rapid cosmic ray fluctuations in real-time during the SEP@ikfia.ysn.ru Abstract: Cosmic ray fluctuations with periods less than 3 hours are studied using data of the EPAM/LEMS120 instrument aboard the ACE spacecraft. It is shown that the power spectra of cosmic ray intensities undergo

Usoskin, Ilya G.

342

Two Sources of Cosmic X-rays in Scorpius and Sagittarius  

Microsoft Academic Search

WE have observed two separate and intense sources of cosmic X-rays in the region of the constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius during a rocket experiment launched on August 28, 1964. This is the same general region of the sky from which non-solar cosmic X-rays were first detected in June 1962 by Giacconi et al.1. In that earlier work a Geiger tube

R. Giacconi; H. Gursky; J. R. Waters; G. Clark; B. Rossi

1964-01-01

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Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays: Old Physics or New Physics?  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We consider the advantages of and the problems associated with hypotheses to explain the origin of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays (UHECR: E greater than 10 EeV) and the "trans-GZK" cosmic rays (TGZK: E greater than 100 EeV) both through "old physics" (acceleration in cosmic sources) and "new physics" (new particles, topological defects, fat neutrino cross sections, Lorentz invariance violation).

Stecker, F. W.

2004-01-01

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THE COSMIC-RAY INTENSITY NEAR THE ARCHEAN EARTH  

SciTech Connect

We employ three-dimensional state-of-the-art magnetohydrodynamic models of the early solar wind and heliosphere and a two-dimensional model for cosmic-ray transport to investigate the cosmic-ray spectrum and flux near the Archean Earth. We assess how sensitive the cosmic-ray spectrum is to changes in the sunspot placement and magnetic field strength, the large-scale dipole magnetic field strength, the wind ram pressure, and the Sun's rotation period. Overall, our results confirm earlier work that suggested the Archean Earth would have experienced a greatly reduced cosmic-ray flux than is the case today. The cosmic-ray reduction for the early Sun is mainly due to the shorter solar rotation period and tighter winding of the Parker spiral, and to the different surface distribution of the more active solar magnetic field. These effects lead to a global reduction of the cosmic-ray flux at 1 AU by up to two orders of magnitude or more. Variations in the sunspot magnetic field have more effect on the flux than variations in the dipole field component. The wind ram pressure affects the cosmic-ray flux through its influence on the size of the heliosphere via the pressure balance with the ambient interstellar medium. Variations in the interstellar medium pressure experienced by the solar system in orbit through the Galaxy could lead to order of magnitude changes in the cosmic-ray flux at Earth on timescales of a few million years.

Cohen, O.; Drake, J. J. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Kota, J. [Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0092 (United States)

2012-11-20

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Cosmic ray radiation effects caused by proton-induced fragmentation  

Microsoft Academic Search

In space, radiation effects in which a large amount of energy is transferred by a single particle are observed. These effects can be caused by either the direct ionization of a cosmic ray heavy ion or alternatively by the ionization of short range target fragments which are produced inside the material by interactions of cosmic ray particles. Protons of the

W. Heinrich; T. Streibel; M. Ahrendt; H. Röcher; G. Hüntrup

1997-01-01

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WORLD-WIDE COSMIC-RAY VARIATIONS, 1937–1952  

Microsoft Academic Search

Annual means from continuous registration of cosmic-ray ionizktion at four stations from 1937 to 1952 show a variation of nearly four per cent, which is similar at all stations and which is negatively correlated with sunspot numbers. This variation in cosmic-ray intensity is quite similar for the annual means of all days, international magnetic quiet days, and international magnetic disturbed

Scott E. Forbush

1954-01-01

347

The effect of sea level cosmic rays on electronic devices  

Microsoft Academic Search

The evaluation of the effects of cosmic rays on computer memories and its application to typical memory devices will be discussed. Conclusions indicate that cosmic ray nucleons and muons could have a significant effect on the next generation of computer memory circuitry. Error rates increase rapidly with altitude, offering the potential of accelerated testing to make electronic equipment less sensitive

J. Ziegler; W. Lanford

1980-01-01

348

The acceleration of cosmic rays by shock waves  

Microsoft Academic Search

The direct transfer of energy to cosmic rays from supersonic motions of the background medium via shock waves, by means of an efficient first order Fermi mechanism, is considered. The acceleration of cosmic rays by shock waves is most effective in the dilute and hot, 1,000,000-K component of the interstellar medium. There is no limit to the energy that can

W. I. Axford

1981-01-01

349

Balloon test project: Cosmic Ray Antimatter Calorimeter (CRAC)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Cosmic ray observations from balloon flights are discussed. The cosmic ray antimatter calorimeter (CRAC) experiment attempts to measure the flux of antimatter in the 200-600 Mev/m energy range and the isotopes of light elements between 600 and 1,000 Mev/m.

Christy, J. C.; Dhenain, G.; Goret, P.; Jorand, J.; Masse, P.; Mestreau, P.; Petrou, N.; Robin, A.

1984-01-01

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The highest-energy cosmic rays James W. Cronina  

E-print Network

The highest-energy cosmic rays James W. Cronina a Center for Cosmological Physics Enrico Fermi and Watson [1] presents the ex- perimental and theoretical background. For all but the most recent references understanding of the highest- energy cosmic rays. A partial list includes Alan Watson, Michael Hillas, Tom

Bower, Geoffrey

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Cosmic ray flares during August-October 1989  

Microsoft Academic Search

The cosmic ray intensity increases of August 16, September 29, and October 22 and 24, 1989 are investigated on the basis of data of the Yakutsk facility and neutron supermonitors of cosmic ray stations. The energy spectrum of charged particles of the unique event of September 29, 1989, that were accelerated in the solar flare is determined: it has a

A. T. Filippov; P. A. Krivoshapkin; I. A. Transkii; G. F. Krymskii; A. I. Kuz'min; A. N. Prikhod'Ko; A. S. Niskovskikh; S. A. Starodubtsev; D. Z. Borisov; A. V. Sergeev

1991-01-01

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Cosmic-ray electron signatures of dark matter Martin Pohl*  

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Cosmic-ray electron signatures of dark matter Martin Pohl* Department of Physics and Astronomy) There is evidence for an excess in cosmic-ray electrons at about 500 GeVenergy, that may be related to dark-matter spectrum, similar to that observed. On the other hand, if electron production by dark matter

Pohl, Martin Karl Wilhelm

353

From cosmic ray source to the Galactic pool  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Galactic cosmic ray spectrum is a remarkably straight power law. Our current understanding is that the dominant sources that accelerate cosmic rays up to the knee (3 × 1015 eV) or perhaps even the ankle (3 × 1018 eV), are young Galactic supernova remnants. In theory, however, there are various reasons why the spectrum may be different for different sources, and may not even be a power law if non-linear shock acceleration applies during the most efficient stages of acceleration. We show how the spectrum at the accelerator translates to the spectrum that makes up the escaping cosmic rays that replenish the Galactic pool of cosmic rays. We assume that cosmic ray confinement, and thus escape, is linked to the level of magnetic field amplification, and that the magnetic field is amplified by streaming cosmic rays according to the non-resonant hybrid or resonant instability. When a fixed fraction of the energy is transferred to cosmic rays, it turns out that a source spectrum that is flatter than E-2 will result in an E-2 escape spectrum, whereas a steeper source spectrum will result in an escape spectrum with equal steepening. This alleviates some of the concern that may arise from expected flat or concave cosmic ray spectra associated with non-linear shock modification.

Schure, K. M.; Bell, A. R.

2014-01-01

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Cosmic Rays in the Heliosphere: Requirements for Future Observations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Since the publication of Cosmic Rays in the Heliosphere in 1998 there has been great progress in understanding how and why cosmic rays vary in space and time. This paper discusses measurements that are needed to continue advances in relating cosmic ray variations to changes in solar and interplanetary activity and variations in the local interstellar environment. Cosmic ray acceleration and transport is an important discipline in space physics and astrophysics, but it also plays a critical role in defining the radiation environment for humans and hardware in space, and is critical to efforts to unravel the history of solar activity. Cosmic rays are measured directly by balloon-borne and space instruments, and indirectly by ground-based neutron, muon and neutrino detectors, and by measurements of cosmogenic isotopes in ice cores, tree-rings, sediments, and meteorites. The topics covered here include: what we can learn from the deep 2008-2009 solar minimum, when cosmic rays reached the highest intensities of the space era; the implications of 10Be and 14C isotope archives for past and future solar activity; the effects of variations in the size of the heliosphere; opportunities provided by the Voyagers for discovering the origin of anomalous cosmic rays and measuring cosmic-ray spectra in interstellar space; and future space missions that can continue the exciting exploration of the heliosphere that has occurred over the past 50 years.

Mewaldt, R. A.

2013-06-01

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Cosmic ray particle dosimetry and trajectory tracing. [cosmic ray track analysis for Apollo 17 BIOCORE  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Five pocket mice (Perognathus longimembris) were flown on Apollo XVII, each with a solid-state (plastic) nuclear track detector implanted beneath its scalp. The subscalp detectors were sensitive to HZE cosmic ray particles with a LET greater than or approximately equal to 0.15 million electron volts per micrometer (MeV/micron). A critical aspect of the dosimetry of the experiment involved tracing individual particle trajectories through each mouse head from particle tracks registered in the individual subscalp detectors, thereby establishing a one-to-one correspondence between a trajectory location in the tissue and the presence or absence of a lesion. The other major aspect was the identification of each registered particle. An average of 16 particles with Z greater than or equal to 6 and 2.2 particles with Z greater than or equal to 20 were found per detector. The track density, 29 tracks/sq cm, when adjusted for detection volume, was in agreement with the photographic emulsion data from an area dosimeter located next to the flight package.

Cruty, M. R.; Benton, E. V.; Turnbill, C. E.; Philpott, D. E.

1975-01-01

356

Cosmic-ray physics with the milagro gamma-ray observatory  

SciTech Connect

The Milagro gamma-ray observatory is a water Cherenkov detector with an energy response between 100 GeV and 100 TeV. While the major scientific goals of Milagro were to detect and study cosmic sources of TeV gamma rays, Milagro has made measurements important to furthering our understanding of the cosmic radiation that pervades our Galaxy. Milagro has made the first measurement of the Galactic diffuse emission in the TeV energy band. In the Cygnus Region we measure a flux {approx}2.7 times that predicted by GALPROP. Milagro has also made measurements of the anisotropy of the arrival directions of the local cosmic radiation. On large scales the measurements made by Milagro agree with those previously reported by the Tibet AS{gamma} array. However, we have also discovered a time dependence to this anisotropy, perhaps due to solar modulation. On smaller scales, {approx}10 degrees, we have detected two regions of excess. These excesses have a spectrum that is inconsistent with the local cosmic-ray spectrum.

Sinnis, Gus [Los Alamos National Laboratory

2008-01-01

357

The cosmic ray luminosity of the nearby active galactic nuclei  

E-print Network

The pointing directions of extensive air showers observed at the Pierre Auger Observatory were fitted within 3.1 degree with positions of the nearby active galactic nuclei from the Veron-Cetty and P. Veron catalog. The cosmic ray luminosity of the active galactic nuclei which happened to be a source of the particular cosmic ray event constitutes a fraction ~0.0001 of the optical one if only cosmic ray particles with energies above 60 EeV are produced. If produced cosmic ray particles have a spectrum dE/E^3 up to ~100 GeV then the cosmic ray luminosity would be much higher than the optical one of the active galactic nuclei.

L. G. Dedenko; D. A. Podgrudkov; T. M. Roganova; G. F. Fedorova

2008-04-29

358

Cosmic Ray Rejection by Linear Filtering of Single Images  

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We present a convolution-based algorithm for finding cosmic rays in single well-sampled astronomical images. The spatial filter used is the point spread function (approximated by a Gaussian) minus a scaled delta function, and cosmic rays are identified by thresholding the filtered image. This filter searches for features with significant power at spatial frequencies too high for legitimate objects. Noise properties of the filtered image are readily calculated, which allows us to compute the probability of rejecting a pixel not contaminated by a cosmic ray (the false alarm probability). We demonstrate that the false alarm probability for a pixel containing object flux will never exceed the corresponding probability for a blank sky pixel, provided we choose the convolution kernel appropriately. This allows confident rejection of cosmic rays superposed on real objects. Identification of multiple-pixel cosmic ray hits can be enhanced by running the algorithm iteratively, replacing flagged pixels with the background level at each iteration.

James E. Rhoads

2000-02-02

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The isotopic composition of cosmic-ray beryllium and its implication for the cosmic ray's age  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We report a new measurement of the cosmic-ray isotopic composition of beryllium in the low-energy range from 35 to 113 MeV per nucleon. This measurement was made using the High Energy Telescope of the CRS experiment on the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during the time period from 1977 to 1991. In this overall time period of 14 years the average solar modulation level was about 500 MV. The cosmic-ray beryllium isotopes were completely separated with an average mass resolution sigma of 0.185 amu. The isotope fractions of Be-7, Be-9, and Be-10 obtained are 52.4 +/- 2.9%, 43.3 +/- 3.7%, and 4.3 +/- 1.5%, respectively. The measured cosmic-ray abundances of Be-7 and Be-9 are found to be in agreement with calculations based on standard Leaky-Box model for the interstellar propagation of cosmic-ray nuclei using the recent cross sections of the New Mexico-Saclay collaboration. From our observed ratio Be-10/Be = 4.3 +/- 1.5% we deduce an average interstellar density of about 0.28 (+0.14, -0.11) atoms/cu cm, and acosmic-ray lifetime for escape of 27 (+19, -9) x 10(exp 6) years. The surviving fraction of Be-10 is found to be 0.19 +/- 0.07. Modifications to the conclusions of the Leaky-Box model when a diffusion + convection halo model for propagation is used are also considered.

Lukasiak, A.; Ferrando, P.; Mcdonald, F. B.; Webber, W. R.

1994-01-01

360

Ultrahigh energy cosmic ray fluxes and cosmogenic neutrinos  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We discuss the possible origin of the two neutrino shower events reported by the IceCube Collaboration at the Neutrino 2012 conference in Kyoto, Japan. The suspicion early on was that these two events are due to cosmogenic neutrinos and possibly by electron antineutrinos generating the Glashow resonance. The difference of the energy of the W- in the resonance and the energy estimates of the detected cascade events makes this assumption unlikely. The conclusion then may be that these high energy neutrinos are produced at sources of high energy cosmic rays such as Active Galactic Nuclei.

Stanev, Todor

2013-04-01

361

Ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays particle spectra from crypton decays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We calculate the spectra of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) in an explicit top-down model based on the decays of metastable neutral “crypton” states in a flipped SU(5) string model. For each of the eight specific 10th-order superpotential operators that might dominate crypton decays, we calculate the spectra of both protons and photons, using a code incorporating supersymmetric evolution of the injected spectra. For all the decay operators, the total UHECR spectra are compatible with the available data. Also, the fractions of photons are compatible with all the published upper limits, but may be detectable in future experiments.

Ellis, John; Mayes, V. E.; Nanopoulos, D. V.

2006-12-01

362

Electron scattering effects in typical cosmic ray telescopes.  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Laboratory measurements have been made of the response of two typical cosmic ray detector systems to electrons between 0.2 and 2.0 MeV. Working laboratory versions of each of these particle telescopes were exposed to the monoenergetic electron beam from a magnetic spectrometer. The results of pulse height and counting rate measurements indicate that electrons scattered from the anticoincidence cup comprise about 25% of the total number arriving at the top of the detector stack. In certain cases, the contribution of these scattered particles to the total number of electrons detected can reach 65%.

Lupton, J. E.; Stone, E. C.

1972-01-01

363

Tevatron QCD for Cosmic-Rays  

SciTech Connect

The two multi-purpose experiments D0 and CDF are operated at the Tevatron collider, where proton anti-proton collisions take place at a centre of mass energy of 1.96 TeV in Run II. In the kinematic plane of Q{sup 2}-scale and (anti-)proton momentum fraction x, Tevatron jet measurements cover a wide range, with phase space regions in common and beyond the HERA ep-collider reach. The kinematic limit of the Auger experiment is given by a centre of mass energy of 100 TeV. Cosmic rays cover a large region of the kinematic phase space at low momenta x, corresponding to forward proton/diffractive physics and also at low scales, corresponding to the hadronization scale and the underlying event. Therefore of particular interest are exclusive and diffractive measurements as well as underlying event, double parton scattering and minimum bias measurements. The kinematic limit of the Tevatron corresponds to the PeV energy region below the knee of the differential cosmic particle flux energy distribution. The data discussed here are in general corrected for detector effects, such as efficiency and acceptance. Therefore they can be used directly for testing and improving existing event generators and any future calculations/models. Comparisons take place at the hadronic final state (particle level).

Sonnenschein, Lars; /RWTH Aachen U.

2010-12-01

364

On-board detection and removal of cosmic ray and solar energetic particle signatures for the Solar Orbiter-METIS coronagraph  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

METIS is part of the science payload of Solar Orbiter. It is a coronagraph designed to obtain images of the outer solar corona both in the visible 580-640 nm band and in the UV, in a narrow band centered around the hydrogen Lyman-? line. We describe the main features of the procedures to remove signatures due to cosmic rays (CRs) and to solar energetic particles (SEPs) comparing them with alternatives in other contexts and in other solar coronagraphic missions. Our analysis starts from a realistic assessment of the radiation environment where the instrument is expected to operate, which is characteristic of the interplanetary space of the inner solar system, but quite unusual for most solar missions.

Andretta, V.; Bemporad, A.; Focardi, M.; Grimani, C.; Landini, F.; Pancrazzi, M.; Sasso, C.; Spadaro, D.; Straus, T.; Uslenghi, M. C.; Antonucci, E.; Fineschi, S.; Naletto, G.; Nicolini, G.; Nicolosi, P.; Romoli, M.

2014-07-01

365

A new transition radiation detector for cosmic ray nuclei  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Test measurements on materials for transition radiation detectors at a low Lorentz factor are reported. The materials will be based on board Spacelab-2 for determining the composition and energy spectra of nuclear cosmic rays in the 1 TeV/nucleon range. The transition radiation detectors consist of a sandwich of radiator-photon detector combinations. The radiators emit X-rays and are composed of polyolefin fibers used with Xe filled multiwired proportional chamber (MWPC) detectors capable of detecting particle Lorentz factors of several hundred. The sizing of the detectors is outlined, noting the requirement of a thickness which provides a maximum ratio of transition radiation to total signal in the chambers. The fiber radiator-MWPC responses were tested at Fermilab and in an electron cyclotron. An increase in transition radiation detection was found as a square power law of Z, and the use of six radiator-MWPC on board the Spacelab-2 is outlined.

Lheureux, J.; Meyer, P.; Muller, D.; Swordy, S.

1981-01-01

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29th International Cosmic Ray Conference Pune (2005) 00, 101106 Detecting gamma-ray bursts with the Pierre Auger Observatory using  

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for this technique, and that water tanks are very promising detectors for the single particle technique. 1 INCA in Bolivia [3] and ARGO YBJ in Tibet [4]). The Pierre Auger Observatory [5], is a 3000 km2 ground Cherenkov water tanks of 12 m3 and 3 photomultipliers are placed on the top of each tank. The detection

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Historical building stability monitoring by means of a cosmic ray tracking system  

E-print Network

Cosmic ray radiation is mostly composed, at sea level, by high energy muons, which are highly penetrating particles capable of crossing kilometers of rock. Cosmic ray radiation constituted the first source of projectiles used to investigate the intimate structure of matter and is currently and largely used for particle detector test and calibration. The ubiquitous and steady presence at the Earth's surface and the high penetration capability has motivated the use of cosmic ray radiation also in fields beyond particle physics, from geological and archaeological studies to industrial applications and civil security. In the present paper, cosmic ray muon detection techniques are assessed for stability monitoring applications in the field of civil engineering, in particular for static monitoring of historical buildings, where conservation constraints are more severe and the time evolution of the deformation phenomena under study may be of the order of months or years. As a significant case study, the monitoring o...

Zenoni, A; Donzella, A; Subieta, M; Baronio, G; Bodini, I; Cambiaghi, D; Lancini, M; Vetturi, D; Barnabà, O; Fallavollita, F; Nardò, R; Riccardi, C; Rossella, M; Vitulo, P; Zumerle, G

2014-01-01

368

Cosmic ray spectrum, composition, and anisotropy measured with IceCube  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Analysis of cosmic ray surface data collected with the IceTop array of Cherenkov detectors at the South Pole provides an accurate measurement of the cosmic ray spectrum and its features in the “knee” region up to energies of about 1 EeV. IceTop is part of the IceCube Observatory that includes a deep-ice cubic kilometer detector that registers signals of penetrating muons and other particles. Surface and in-ice signals detected in coincidence provide clear insights into the nuclear composition of cosmic rays. IceCube already measured an increase of the average primary mass as a function of energy. We present preliminary results on both IceTop-only and coincident events analysis. Furthermore, we review the recent measurement of the cosmic ray anisotropy with IceCube.

Tamburro, Alessio

2014-04-01

369

Cosmic ray simulator: A versatile apparatus for quantitative studies on the interaction of cosmic rays with frozen solids by on line and in sift  

E-print Network

Cosmic ray simulator: A versatile apparatus for quantitative studies on the interaction of cosmic) The cosmic ray simulator consists of a 50 L'cylindrical stainless steel chamber. A rotable cold finger milled spectrometer (FTIR) in an absorption-reflection mode at 62.5". For the first time, a cosmic ray simulator

Kaiser, Ralf I.

370

TIROS-N Cosmic Ray study  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An experimental and analytical study was performed on the impact of galactic cosmic rays on the TIROS-N satellite memory in orbit. Comparisons were made of systems equipped with the Harris HMI-6508 1 x 1024 CMOS/bulk RAM and the RCA CDP-1821 1 x 1024 bit CMOS/SOS RAM. Based upon the experimental results, estimated bit error rates were determined. These were at least 8.0 bit errors/day for a 300 kilobit memory with the HMI-6508 and .014 bit errors/day with the CDF-1821. It was also estimated that the HMI-6508 latchup rate in orbit is at least two orders of magnitude less than the bit error rates; the CDP-1821 will not latchup.

Blandford, J. T., Jr.; Pickel, J. C.

1980-01-01

371

Galactic Cosmic Rays in the Outer Heliosphere  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We report a next generation model of galactic cosmic ray (GCR) transport in the three dimensional heliosphere. Our model is based on an accurate three-dimensional representation of the heliospheric interface. This representation is obtained by taking into account the interaction between partially ionized, magnetized plasma flows of the solar wind and the local interstellar medium. Our model reveals that after entering the heliosphere GCRs are stored in the heliosheath for several years. The preferred GCR entry locations are near the nose of the heliopause and at high latitudes. Low-energy (hundreds of MeV) galactic ions observed in the heliosheath have spent, on average, a longer time in the solar wind than those observed in the inner heliosphere, which would explain their cooled-off spectra at these energies. We also discuss radial gradients in the heliosheath and the implications for future Voyager observations

Florinski, V.; Washimi, H.; Pogorelov, N. V.; Adams, J. H.

2010-01-01

372

Stars and Cosmic Rays Observed from Mars  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

In this five-minute exposure taken from the surface of Mars by NASA's Spirit rover, stars appear as streaks due to the rotation of the planet, and instantaneous cosmic-ray hits appear as points of light.

Spirit took the image with its panoramic camera on March 11, 2004, after waking up during the martian night for a communication session with NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter. Other exposures were also taken. The images tested the capabilities of the rover for night-sky observations. Scientists will use the results to aid planning for possible future astronomical observations from Mars.

The difference in Mars' rotation, compared to Earth's, gives the star trails in this image a different orientation than they would have in a comparable exposure taken from Earth.

2004-01-01

373

Neutrino yield from Galactic cosmic rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We calculate the neutrino yield from collisions of cosmic ray (CR) nuclei with gas using the event generator QGSJET-II. We present first the general characteristics and numerical results for the neutrino yield assuming power-law fluxes for the primary CR nuclei. Then we use three parametrizations for the Galactic CR flux to derive the neutrino yield for energies around and above the knee. The shape and the normalization of the resulting neutrino flux above ˜1014 eV depends on the composition of the Galactic CR flux employed, but is generally dominated by its proton component. The spectral shape and magnitude of the neutrino flux suggest that the IceCube excess is not connected to interactions of Galactic sea CRs.

Kachelrieß, M.; Ostapchenko, S.

2014-10-01

374

Global Atmospheric Models for Cosmic Ray Detectors  

E-print Network

The knowledge of atmospheric parameters -- such as temperature, pressure, and humidity -- is very important for a proper reconstruction of air showers, especially with the fluorescence technique. The Global Data Assimilation System (GDAS) provides altitude-dependent profiles of these state variables of the atmosphere and several more. Every three hours, a new data set on 23 constant pressure level plus an additional surface values is available for the entire globe. These GDAS data are now used in the standard air shower reconstruction of the Pierre Auger Observatory. The validity of the data was verified by comparisons with monthly models that were averaged from on-site meteorological radio soundings and weather station measurements obtained at the Observatory in Malarg\\"ue. Comparisons of reconstructions using the GDAS data and the monthly models are also presented. Since GDAS is a global model, the data can potentially be used for other cosmic and gamma ray detectors. Several studies were already performed ...

Will, Martin

2014-01-01

375

Estimates of cellular mutagenesis from cosmic rays  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A parametric track structure model is used to estimate the cross section as a function of particle velocity and charge for mutations at the hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyl transferase (HGPRT) locus in human fibroblast cell cultures. Experiments that report the fraction of mutations per surviving cell for human lung and skin fibroblast cells indicate small differences in the mutation cross section for these two cell lines when differences in inactivation rates between these cell lines are considered. Using models of cosmic ray transport, the mutation rate at the HGPRT locus is estimated for cell cultures in space flight and rates of about 2 to 10 x 10(exp -6) per year are found for typical spacecraft shielding. A discussion of how model assumptions may alter the predictions is also presented.

Cucinotta, Francis A.; Wilson, John W.

1994-01-01

376

Cosmic Ray Variability and Galactic Dynamics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The spectral analysis of fluctuations of biodiversity (Rohde & Muller, 2005) and the subsequent re-analysis of the diversity record, species origination and extinction rates, gene duplication, etc (Melott & Liebermann, 2007) indicate the presence of a 62$\\pm$3My cyclicity, for the last 500My. Medvedev & Melott (2006) proposed that the cyclicity may be related to the periodicity of the Solar motion with respect to the Galactic plane, which exhibits a 63My oscillation, and the inhomogeneous distribution of Cosmic Rays (CR) throughout the Milky Way, which may affect the biosphere by changing mutation rate, climate, food chain, etc. Here we present a model of CR propagation in the Galactic magnetic fields, in the presence of both the mean field gradient and the strong MHD turbulence in the interstellar medium. We explore the "magnetic shielding effect" as a function of CR energy and composition and estimate the resultant flux of mutagenic secondary muons at the Earth surface.

Medvedev, Mikhail

2007-05-01

377

Cosmic Rays: The Second Knee and Beyond  

E-print Network

We conduct a review of experimental results on Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR's) including measurements of the features of the spectrum, the composition of the primary particle flux and the search for anisotropy in event arrival direction. We find that while there is a general consensus on the features in the spectrum -- the Second Knee, the Ankle, and (to a lesser extent) the GZK Cutoff -- there is little consensus on the composition of the primaries that accompany these features. This lack of consensus on the composition makes interpretation of the agreed upon features problematic. There is also little direct evidence about potential sources of UHECRs, as early reports of arrival direction anisotropies have not been confirmed in independent measurements.

Douglas R Bergman; John W. Belz

2007-04-27

378

Cosmic ray drift, shock wave acceleration, and the anomalous component of cosmic rays  

Microsoft Academic Search

A model of the anomalous component of the quiet-time cosmic ray flux is presented in which ex--interstellar neutral particles are accelerated continuously in the polar regions of the solar-wind termination shock and then drift into the equatorial regions of the inner heliosphere. The observed solar-cycle variations, radial gradient, and apparent latitude gradient of the anomalous component are a natural consequence

M. E. Pesses; J. R. Jokipii; D. Eichler

1981-01-01

379

Low-energy cosmic ray protons from nuclear interactions of cosmic rays with the interstellar medium.  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The intensity of low-energy (less than 100 MeV) protons from nuclear interactions of higher-energy (above 100 MeV) cosmic rays with the interstellar medium is calculated. The resultant intensity in the 10- to 100-MeV range is larger by a factor of 3-5 than the observed proton intensity near earth. The calculated intensity from nuclear interactions constitutes a lower limit on the actual proton intensity in interstellar space.

Wang, H. T.

1973-01-01

380

Extragalactic cosmic rays and their signatures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The signatures of UHE proton propagation through CMB radiation are pair-production dip and GZK cutoff. The visible manifestations of these two spectral features are ankle, which is intrinsic part of the dip, beginning of GZK cutoff in the differential spectrum and E in integral spectrum. Observed practically in all experiments since 1963, the ankle is usually interpreted as a feature caused by transition from galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays. Using the mass composition measured by HiRes, Telescope Array and Auger detectors at energy (1-3) EeV, calculated anisotropy of galactic cosmic rays at these energies, and the elongation curves we strongly argue against the interpretation of the ankle given above. The transition must occur at lower energy, most probably at the second knee as the dip model predicts. The other prediction of the dip model, the shape of the dip, is well confirmed by HiRes, Telescope Array (TA), AGASA and Yakutsk detectors, and, after recalibration of energies, by Auger detector. Predicted beginning of GZK cutoff and E agree well with HiRes and TA data. However, directly measured mass composition remains a puzzle. While HiRes and TA detectors observe the proton-dominated mass composition, as required by the dip model, the data of Auger detector strongly evidence for nuclei mass composition becoming progressively heavier at energy higher than 4 EeV and reaching Iron at energy about 35 EeV. The Auger-based scenario is consistent with another interpretation of the ankle at energy Ea?4 EeV as transition from extragalactic protons to extragalactic nuclei. The heavy-nuclei dominance at higher energies may be provided by low-energy of acceleration for protons Epmax?4 EeV and rigidity-dependent EAmax=ZEpmax for nuclei. The highest energy suppression may be explained as nuclei-photodisintegration cutoff.

Berezinsky, V.

2014-01-01

381

Transition from galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays  

E-print Network

The transition from galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays is discussed. One of critical indications for transition is given by the Standard Model of Galactic cosmic rays, according to which the maximum energy of acceleration for iron nuclei is of order of $E_{\\rm Fe}^{\\rm max} \\approx 1\\times 10^{17}$ eV. At $E > E_{\\rm Fe}^{\\rm max}$ the spectrum is predicted to be very steep and thus the Standard Model favours the transition at energy not much higher than $E_{\\rm Fe}^{\\rm max}$. As observations are concerned there are two signatures of transition: change of energy spectra and elongation rate (depth of shower maximum in the atmosphere $X_{\\rm max}$ as function of energy). Three models of transition are discussed: dip-based model, mixed composition model and ankle model. In the latter model the transition occurs at the observed spectral feature, ankle, which starts at $E_a \\approx 1\\times 10^{19}$ eV and is characterised by change of mass compostion from galactic iron to extragalactic protons. In the dip model the transition occures at the second knee observed at energy $(4 -8)\\times 10^{17}$ eV and is characterised by change of mass composition from galactic iron to extragalactic protons. The mixed composition model describes transition at $E \\sim 3\\times 10^{18}$ eV with mass composition changing from galactic iron to extragactic mixed composition of different nuclei. These models are confronted with observational data on spectra and elongation rates from different experiments, including Auger.

V. Berezinsky

2007-10-15

382

Evidence for the Superbubble Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Measurements of the isotopic and elemental abundances of galactic cosmic rays from the Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) aboard the NASA-ACE spacecraft, and elemental abundances from the balloon-borne Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER) provide strong evidence that a large fraction of galactic cosmic rays originate and are accelerated in associations of massive stars (OB associations) and their associated superbubbles. Neon and iron isotopic abundances point to a superbubble origin in which the galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) come from material that is roughly a 20%-80% mix of OB association material and ordinary interstellar medium material (ISM). This assumption that GCRs come from such a mix instead of ordinary ISM results in greatly improved ordering of volatile and refractory GCR elemental abundances when plotted versus atomic mass. This strengthens the OB association-superbubble connection with cosmic ray origin. More recently, the LAT instrument aboard the Fermi spacecraft has identified distributed emission of gamma-rays from a "cocoon" identified with the Cygnus-X superbubble, indicating the acceleration of cosmic rays in the superbubble. These measurements and the implications for the OB-association/superbubble origin of galactic cosmic rays will be discussed. Principal funding for this research was from NASA under grants NNG05WC04G and NAG5-12929.

Binns, W.

2012-12-01

383

Galactic Cosmic Ray Composition Beyond the Fe-Group and the Origin of Cosmic Rays  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We review the present status of cosmic ray composition measurements in the middle third of the periodic table using data from three sources. The Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) has now completed more than 16 years in orbit and its Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) has now collected more than 200 nuclei with Z = 31-40, somewhat more than were recorded in two earlier balloon flights by the Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (TIGER). Both of these data sets provide individual element resolution and they agree well. Combining the two data sets we find a mass-dependent ordering of both refractory and volatile elements when compared with massive star outflow and supernova ejecta mixed with normal interstellar material. Refractory elements are preferentially accelerated by a factor of ~4. These data support an OB-association origin of galactic cosmic rays. Finally, we take a first look at new composition data from Super-TIGER, which has achieved both improved charge resolution and collecting power with a single record-breaking 55-day balloon flight.

Mewaldt, Richard

384

PREFACE: Cosmic Ray Anisotropy Workshop 2013 (CRA2013)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the search for the origin of cosmic rays in our galaxy, various observations are combined as pieces of a complex puzzle to account for the variability of the galactic sources and their local environments, as well as of the properties of the interstellar medium in which cosmic particles propagate. In this puzzle, multi-wavelength observations aim to pinpoint the properties of cosmic-ray sources, based on electromagnetic and neutrino emissions associated with hadronic acceleration processes. The detailed study of the energy spectrum and composition of cosmic rays on Earth, on the other hand, aims to probe the combined and interwoven effects of injection, by acceleration processes, and propagation in the interstellar medium. The observation of arrival directions of cosmic rays on Earth, in addition, potentially provides valuable information on the distribution of the closest and more recent active galactic sources as well as on the properties of the local interstellar magnetic field. The quasi-isotropic distribution of galactic cosmic rays tells the global story of their journey from their sources. The turbulent magnetized galactic medium sufficiently scrambles the arrival directions of cosmic rays on Earth so that their main injection direction is concealed. On the other hand, the observations of a small but significant energy-dependent anisotropy are starting to provide clues on how cosmic rays propagate throughout the local interstellar medium. Anisotropy observations have been used to study diffusion properties of GeV cosmic rays inside the termination shock of the heliosphere and their dependencies on solar cycles. At TeV energy, cosmic rays are sensitive to larger-scale magnetic structures, such as the turbulent boundary between the heliosphere and the local interstellar medium or its elongated tail. At higher energy, it is expected that the interstellar magnetic field within the particle mean free path has major contributions to their arrival directions on Earth. In this workshop, we addressed the potential use of high-energy cosmic-ray anisotropy observations as a probe into the properties of particle transport in astrophysical magnetized plasmas, such as the heliosphere and the local interstellar medium. Along with experts from the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, plasma physics, heliospheric physics and interstellar medium, we discussed how each field can contribute to the understanding of cosmic-ray propagation in our local interstellar magnetic field. This will represent another piece in the search for cosmic-ray sources in the galaxy.

2014-08-01

385

Plasma Effects on Extragalactic Ultra-high-energy Cosmic Ray Hadron Beams in Cosmic Voids  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The linear instability of an ultrarelativistic hadron beam (? b ? 106) in the unmagnetized intergalactic medium (IGM) is investigated with respect to the excitation of collective electrostatic and aperiodic electromagnetic fluctuations. This analysis is important for the propagation of extragalactic ultrarelativistic cosmic rays (E > 1015 eV) from their distant sources to Earth. We calculate minimum instability growth times that are orders of magnitude shorter than the cosmic ray propagation time in the IGM. Due to nonlinear effects, especially the modulation instability, the cosmic ray beam stabilizes and can propagate with nearly no energy loss through the IGM.

Krakau, S.; Schlickeiser, R.

2014-07-01

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Studies of the cosmic ray spectrum and large scale anisotropies with the KASCADE-Grande experiment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

KASCADE-Grande is an air shower observatory devoted to the detection of cosmic rays in the 1016 - 1018eV energy range. For each event the arrival direction, the total number of charged particles (Nch) and the total number of muons (N?), at detection level (i.e. 110 m a.s.l.), are measured. The detection of these observarbles, with high accuracy, allows the study of the primary spectrum, chemical composition and large scale anisotropies, that are the relevant informations to investigate the astrophysics of cosmic rays in this energy range. These studies are of main importance to deeply investigate the change of slope of the primary spectrum detected at ~ 4 × 1015 eV, also known as the knee, and to search for the transition from galactic to extra-galactic cosmic rays.

Chiavassa, A.; Apel, W. D.; Arteaga-Velázquez, J. C.; Bekk, K.; Bertaina, M.; Blümer, J.; Bozdog, H.; Brancus, I. M.; Cantoni, E.; Cossavella, F.; Curcio, C.; Daumiller, K.; de Souza, V.; Di Pierro, F.; Doll, P.; Engel, R.; Engler, J.; Fuchs, B.; Fuhrmann, D.; Gils, H. J.; Glasstetter, R.; Grupen, C.; Haungs, A.; Heck, D.; Hörandel, J. R.; Huber, D.; Huege, T.; Kampert, K.-H.; Kang, D.; Klages, H. O.; Link, K.; ?uczak, P.; Ludwig, M.; Mathes, H. J.; Mayer, H. J.; Melissas, M.; Milke, J.; Mitrica, B.; Morello, C.; Oehlschläger, J.; Ostapchenko, S.; Palmieri, N.; Petcu, M.; Pierog, T.; Rebel, H.; Roth, M.; Schieler, H.; Schoo, S.; Schröder, F. G.; Sima, O.; Toma, G.; Trinchero, G. C.; Ulrich, H.; Weindl, A.; Wochele, J.; Zabierowski, J.

2014-08-01

387

Cosmic Ray Signatures from Decaying Gravitino Dark Matter  

E-print Network

We study the charged cosmic rays arising from the slow decay of gravitino dark matter within supersymmetric scenarios with trilinear R-parity violation. It is shown that operators of the LLE type can very well account for the recent anomalies in cosmic ray electron and positron data reported by PAMELA, ATIC and Fermi LAT, without violating any other bounds. This scenario will soon be tested by the Fermi LAT data on diffuse gamma ray emission.

N. -E. Bomark; S. Lola; P. Osland; A. R. Raklev

2009-11-18

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The HiSCORE concept for gamma-ray and cosmic-ray astrophysics beyond 10 TeV  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Air-shower measurements in the primary energy range beyond 10 TeV can be used to address important questions of astroparticle and particle physics. The most prominent among these questions are the search for the origin of charged Galactic cosmic rays and the so-far little understood transition from Galactic to extra-galactic cosmic rays. A very promising avenue towards answering these fundamental questions is the construction of an air-shower detector with sufficient sensitivity for gamma-rays to identify the accelerators and large exposure to achieve accurate spectroscopy of local cosmic rays. With the new ground-based large-area (up to 100 km2) wide-angle (?˜ 0.6-0.85 sr) air-shower detector concept HiSCORE (Hundred?i Square-km Cosmic ORigin Explorer), we aim at exploring the cosmic ray and gamma-ray sky (accelerator-sky) in the energy range from few 10 s of TeV to 1 EeV using the non-imaging air-Cherenkov detection technique. The full detector simulation is presented here. The resulting sensitivity of a HiSCORE-type detector to gamma-rays will extend the energy range so far accessed by other experiments beyond energies of 50-100 TeV, thereby opening up the ultra high energy gamma-ray (UHE gamma-rays, E > 10 TeV) observation window.

Tluczykont, Martin; Hampf, Daniel; Horns, Dieter; Spitschan, Dominik; Kuzmichev, Leonid; Prosin, Vasily; Spiering, Christian; Wischnewski, Ralf

2014-04-01

389

A cosmic ray cocoon along the X-ray jet of M87?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Relativistic jets propagating through an ambient medium must produce some observational effects along their side boundaries because of interactions across the large velocity gradient. One possible effect of such an interaction would be a sheared magnetic field structure at the jet boundaries, leading to a characteristic radio polarization pattern. As proposed by Ostrowski, another effect can come from the generation of a high-energy cosmic ray component at the boundary, producing dynamic effects on the medium surrounding the jet and forming a cocoon dominated by cosmic rays with a decreased thermal gas emissivity. We selected this process for our first attempt to look for the effects of this type of interaction. We analysed the Chandra X-ray data for the radio galaxy M87 in order to verify if the expected regions of diminished emissivity may be present near the spectacular X-ray jet in this source. The detailed analysis of the data, merged from 42 separate observations, shows signatures of lower emissivity surrounding the jet. In particular we detect an intensity dip along the part of the jet, which would be approximately 1.5 × 0.15 kpc2 in size, if situated along the jet which is inclined towards us. Due to a highly non-uniform X-ray background in the central region, we are not able to claim the discovery of a cosmic ray cocoon around the M87 jet: we only have demonstrated that the data show morphological structures which could be accounted for if a cosmic ray cocoon exists.

Dainotti, M. G.; Ostrowski, M.; Harris, D.; Siemiginowska, A.; Siejkowski, H.

2012-10-01

390

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Gamma-ray albedo of the moon  

E-print Network

30TH INTERNATIONAL COSMIC RAY CONFERENCE Gamma-ray albedo of the moon I. V. MOSKALENKO1,2 , T. A@stanford.edu Abstract: We use the GEANT4 Monte Carlo framework to calculate the -ray albedo of the Moon due to interactions of cosmic ray (CR) nuclei with moon rock. Our calculation of the albedo spectrum agrees

Moskalenko, Igor V.

391

The radial distribution of gamma rays and cosmic rays in the outer galaxy  

Microsoft Academic Search

The gamma ray emissivity spectrum is derived for three distance ranges in the second and third galactic quadrants and is discussed in terms of the contribution from bremsstrahlung and pi(0) decay and of the distribution of cosmic rays. The radial distribution of gamma ray emissivities for different energy ranges is used to determine the radial distribution of cosmic ray electrons

J. B. G. M. Bloemen; W. Hermsen; K. Bennett; G. F. Bignami; P. A. Caraveo; A. W. Strong; L. Blitz; M. Gottwald; H. A. Mayer-Hasselwander; F. Lebrun

1983-01-01

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Cosmic Ray production of Beryllium and Boron at high redshift  

E-print Network

Recently, new observations of Li6 in Pop II stars of the galactic halo have shown a surprisingly high abundance of this isotope, about a thousand times higher than its predicted primordial value. In previous papers, a cosmological model for the cosmic ray-induced production of this isotope in the IGM has been developed to explain the observed abundance at low metallicity. In this paper, given this constraint on the Li6, we calculate the non-thermal evolution with redshift of D, Be, and B in the IGM. In addition to cosmological cosmic ray interactions in the IGM, we include additional processes driven by SN explosions: neutrino spallation and a low energy component in the structures ejected by outflows to the IGM. We take into account CNO CRs impinging on the intergalactic gas. Although subdominant in the galactic disk, this process is shown to produce the bulk of Be and B in the IGM, due to the differential metal enrichment between structures (where CRs originate) and the IGM. We also consider the resulting extragalactic gamma-ray background which we find to be well below existing data. The computation is performed in the framework of hierarchical structure formation considering several star formation histories including Pop III stars. We find that D production is negligible and that a potentially detectable Be and B plateau is produced by these processes at the time of the formation of the Galaxy (z ~ 3).

Emmanuel Rollinde; David Maurin; Elisabeth Vangioni; Keith A. Olive; Susumu Inoue

2007-07-13

393

Change in cosmic-ray spectrum through the production of electron-positron pairs (analytical approach)  

SciTech Connect

We consider the change in primordial cosmic-ray spectrum through the production of electron-positron pairs in collisions with cosmic microwave background radiation photons. We suggest using these results to estimate the distances to cosmic-ray sources.

Vlasov, V. P., E-mail: vlasov@nfi.kiae.ru; Trubnikov, B. A., E-mail: batrub@nfi.kiae.r [Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute (Russian Federation)

2009-12-15

394

Solar Variability, Cosmic Rays and Climate: What's up? The topic of possible relations between solar and cosmic  

E-print Network

Preface Solar Variability, Cosmic Rays and Climate: What's up? The topic of possible relations between solar and cosmic ray variability on one hand, and Earth's climate on the other hand, is quite in Space Research topical issue on Solar Variability, Cosmic Rays and Climate presents a collection

Usoskin, Ilya G.

395

Evidence for primary interstellar cosmic-ray electrons  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We have performed a comparative study of the absolute solar modulation of cosmic-ray positrons and electrons. We find that the interstellar electron spectrum, which is described by a power-law slope at higher energies, must flatten below about 100 MeV, that a significant fraction of interstellar cosmic-ray electrons must originate in primary sources, and that the rigidity dependence of the interplanetary cosmic-ray diffusion coefficient, R raised to the power of alpha, changes from alpha greater than zero at higher rigidities to alpha -1 below about 60 MV.

Cummings, A. C.; Stone, E. C.; Vogt, R. E.

1974-01-01

396

Calculations of cosmic-ray helium transport in shielding materials  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The transport of galactic cosmic-ray helium nuclei and their secondaries through bulk shielding is considered using the straight-ahead approximation to the Boltzmann equation. A data base for nuclear interaction cross sections and secondary particle energy spectra for high-energy light-ion breakup is presented. The importance of the light ions H-2, H-3, and He-3 for cosmic-ray risk estimation is discussed, and the estimates of the fractional contribution to the neutron flux from helium interactions compared with other particle interactions are presented using a 1977 solar minimum cosmic-ray spectrum.

Cucinotta, Francis A.

1993-01-01

397

Cosmic rays as regulators of molecular cloud properties  

E-print Network

Cosmic rays are the main agents in controlling the chemical evolution and setting the ambipolar diffusion time of a molecular cloud. We summarise the processes causing the energy degradation of cosmic rays due to their interaction with molecular hydrogen, focusing on the magnetic effects that influence their propagation. Making use of magnetic field configurations generated by numerical simulations, we show that the increase of the field line density in the collapse region results in a reduction of the cosmic-ray ionisation rate. As a consequence the ionisation fraction decreases, facilitating the decoupling between the gas and the magnetic field.

Padovani, Marco; Galli, Daniele

2014-01-01

398

Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays, cosmological constant, and theta vacua.  

PubMed

We propose that the origin of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays beyond the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin cutoff and the origin of small cosmological constant can both be explained by vacuum tunneling effects in a theory with degenerate vacua and fermionic doublets. By considering the possibility of tunneling from a particular winding number state, accompanied by violation of some global quantum number of fermions, the small value of the vacuum dark energy and the production of high energy cosmic rays are shown to be related. We predict that the energy of such cosmic rays should be at least 5x10(14) GeV. PMID:12785938

Jaikumar, Prashanth; Mazumdar, Anupam

2003-05-16

399

Cosmic rays as regulators of molecular cloud properties  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic rays are the main agents in controlling the chemical evolution and setting the ambipolar diffusion time of a molecular cloud. We summarise the processes causing the energy degradation of cosmic rays due to their interaction with molecular hydrogen, focusing on the magnetic effects that influence their propagation. Making use of magnetic field configurations generated by numerical simulations, we show that the increase of the field line density in the collapse region results in a reduction of the cosmic-ray ionisation rate. As a consequence the ionisation fraction decreases, facilitating the decoupling between the gas and the magnetic field.

Padovani, M.; Hennebelle, P.; Galli, D.

2014-06-01

400

Cosmic ray anomalies from the MSSM?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The recent positron excess in cosmic rays (CR) observed by the PAMELA satellite may be a signal for dark matter (DM) annihilation. When these measurements are combined with those from FERMI on the total ( e + + e -) flux and from PAMELA itself onthe {{{bar{p}}} left/ {p} right.} ratio, these and other results are difficult to reconcile with traditional models of DM, including the conventional mSUGRA version of Supersymmetry even if boosts as large as 103-4 are allowed. In this paper, we combine the results of a previously obtained scan over a more general 19-parameter subspace of the MSSM with a corresponding scan over astrophysical parameters that describe the propagation of CR. We then ascertain whether or not a good fit to this CR data can be obtained with relatively small boost factors while simultaneously satisfying the additional constraints arising from gamma ray data. We find that a specific subclass of MSSM models where the LSP is mostly pure bino and annihilates almost exclusively into ? pairs comes very close to satisfying these requirements. The lightest tilde{tau } in this set of models is found to be relatively close in mass to the LSP and is in some cases the nLSP. These models lead to a significant improvement in the overall fit to the data by an amount ? ? 2 ˜ 1 /dof in comparison to the best fit without Supersymmetry while employing boosts ˜ 100. The implications of these models for future experiments are discussed.

Cotta, R. C.; Conley, J. A.; Gainer, J. S.; Hewett, J. L.; Rizzo, T. G.

2011-01-01

401

Constraints on particle dark matter from cosmic-ray antiprotons  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmic-ray antiprotons represent an important channel for dark matter indirect-detection studies. Current measurements of the antiproton flux at the top of the atmosphere and theoretical determinations of the secondary antiproton production in the Galaxy are in good agreement, with no manifest deviation which could point to an exotic contribution in this channel. Therefore, antiprotons can be used as a powerful tool for constraining particle dark matter properties. By using the spectrum of PAMELA data from 50 MV to 180 GV in rigidity, we derive bounds on the dark matter annihilation cross section (or decay rate, for decaying dark matter) for the whole spectrum of dark matter annihilation (decay) channels and under different hypotheses of cosmic-rays transport in the Galaxy and in the heliosphere. For typical models of galactic propagation, the constraints are strong, setting a lower bound on the dark matter mass of a ``thermal" relic at about 40-80 GeV for hadronic annihilation channels. These bounds are enhanced to about 150 GeV on the dark matter mass, when large cosmic-rays confinement volumes in the Galaxy are considered, and are reduced to 3-4 GeV for annihilation to light quarks (no bound for heavy-quark production) when the confinement volume is small. Bounds for dark matter lighter than few tens of GeV are due to the low energy part of the PAMELA spectrum, an energy region where solar modulation is relevant: to this aim, we have implemented a detailed solution of the transport equation in the heliosphere, which allowed us not only to extend bounds to light dark matter, but also to determine the uncertainty on the constraints arising from solar modulation modelling. Finally, we estimate the impact of soon-to-come AMS-02 data on the antiproton constraints.

Fornengo, N.; Maccione, L.; Vittino, A.

2014-04-01

402

Constraints on particle dark matter from cosmic-ray antiprotons  

E-print Network

Cosmic-ray antiprotons represent an important channel for dark matter indirect-detection studies. Current measurements of the antiproton flux at the top of the atmosphere and theoretical determinations of the secondary antiproton production in the Galaxy are in good agreement, with no manifest deviation which could point to an exotic contribution in this channel. Therefore, antiprotons can be used as a powerful tool for constraining particle dark matter properties. By using the spectrum of PAMELA data from 50 MV to 180 GV in rigidity, we derive bounds on the dark matter annihilation cross section (or decay rate, for decaying dark matter) for the whole spectrum of dark matter annihilation (decay) channels and under different hypotheses of cosmic-rays transport in the Galaxy and in the heliosphere. For typical models of galactic propagation, the constraints are significantly strong, setting a lower bound on the dark matter mass of a "thermal" relic at about 50 -- 90 GeV for hadronic annihilation channels. These bounds are enhanced to about 150 GeV on the dark matter mass, when large cosmic-rays confinement volumes in the Galaxy are considered, and are reduced to 4-5 GeV for annihilation to light quarks (no bound for heavy-quark production) when the confinement volume is small. Bounds for dark matter lighter than few tens of GeV are due to the low energy part of the PAMELA spectrum, an energy region where solar modulation is relevant: to this aim, we have implemented a detailed solution of the transport equation in the heliosphere, which allowed us not only to extend bounds to light dark matter, but also to determine the uncertainty on the constraints arising from solar modulation modeling. Finally, we estimate the impact of soon-to-come AMS-02 data on the antiproton constraints.

N. Fornengo; L. Maccione; A. Vittino

2013-12-12

403

Galactic Cosmic Ray Modulation in the Global Heliosphere  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To understand the behavior of cosmic ray modulation seen by two Voyager spacecraft in the region near termination shock (TS) and heliosheath at distances of >˜ 100 AU, a realistic MagnetoHydroDynamic (MHD) global heliosphere model is incorporated into the cosmic ray transport code, so that the detailed effects of heliospheric boundaries and its plasma/magnetic geometry can be revealed. A number of simulations of cosmic ray modulation with this code reach the following conclusions. (1) Diffusive shock acceleration (DSA) by the TS can significantly affect the level of cosmic ray flux and in particular its radial gradient profile in the region near the TS and in the inner heliosheath. With the effect of acceleration, cosmic ray radial flux shows an enhancement approximately in the TS region, resulting in a difference in radial gradient of cosmic ray flux across the TS. The change of radial gradient does not occur exactly at the TS radial distance in the same direction, indicating that the acceleration effect comes from part of TS at other longitudes or latitudes. The shock acceleration effect can be easily lost if the TS is unrealistically smoothed due to a lack of spatial resolution in some previous MHD simulations. (2) The radial profile of cosmic ray flux strongly depends on longitude. There is a slight North-South asymmetry due to an asymmetric TS, but more difference of radial profile comes from the longitudinal effect. Voyager 1 and 2 are separated by ˜ 40° in longitude, simulations in these directions show large difference in the radial profile of cosmic ray flux. The apparent near zero radial gradient of cosmic ray flux derived directly out of the data from the two Voyager spacecraft does not reflect the true radial gradient in either of the directions because of the longitudinal effect. Therefore, the measured radial gradient cannot be used to extrapolate the level of cosmic ray flux in local interstellar space. Various other simulations are also performed to show how particle diffusion coefficient, cosmic ray energy, and interstellar spectrum can affect the above conclusions. In addition, the result of simulation is also compared with the cosmic ray energy spectrum obtained by the Pamela Satellite in low Earth orbit. It is shown that the cosmic ray intensity measured by Pamela is always lower than the modulation simulation result, demonstrating that the Pamela data suffer additional effect from the Earth's magnetic field. To understand the transient modulation seen by Voyager in the heliosheath, this dissertation also studies the effect of Global Merged Interaction Region (GMIR) on cosmic ray transport. A GMIR model with intensified magnetic field and increased solar wind speed is constructed and incorporated into the cosmic ray transport code. The simulation reproduces decrease of cosmic ray flux upon the arrival of the GMIR at the spacecraft, consistent with previous simulation performed for inner region of the supersonic solar wind. However, as the simulation location is moved outside of the TS, it shows a new feature. Cosmic ray flux begins to decrease as the GMIR arrives at TS, which can be months prior to the GMIR arrival at the spacecraft. Spacecraft inside the heliosheath, such as Voyager 1, can remotely sense the time when the GMIR arrives at TS. Based on this remote sensing feature, the radial distance of the TS along the Voyager 1 direction is estimated to be about 91AU in 2006, a value agrees well with Voyager observation of an inward propagating North-South asymmetric TS.

Luo, Xi

404

Precision Detection of the Cosmic Neutrino Background  

E-print Network

In the standard Big Bang cosmology the canonical value for the ratio of relic neutrinos to CMB photons is 9/11. Within the framework of the Standard Model of particle physics there are small corrections, in sum about 1%, due to slight heating of neutrinos by electron/positron annihilations and finite-temperature QED effects. We show that this leads to changes in the predicted cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies that might be detected by future satellite experiments. NASA's MAP and ESA's PLANCK should be able to test the canonical prediction to a precision of 1% or better and could confirm these corrections.

Robert E. Lopez; Scott Dodelson; Andrew Heckler; Michael S. Turner

1998-03-09

405

The Cosmic-ray Spectrum: from the knee to the T K Gaisser  

E-print Network

The Cosmic-ray Spectrum: from the knee to the ankle T K Gaisser Bartol Research Institute the question, "Where is the transition from cosmic rays of galactic origin to extra-galactic cosmic-rays?" I It is a commonplace, nearly a century after the discovery of cosmic rays, that their origin remains a mystery

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Computations of cosmic ray propagation in the Earth's atmosphere, towards a GLE analysis  

E-print Network

Computations of cosmic ray propagation in the Earth's atmosphere, towards a GLE analysis A Mishev 1 measurements. In this study a simulation of cosmic ray atmospheric cascade is carried out with PLANETOCOSMICS. Introduction The Earth is constantly hit by high energy particles - cosmic ray. The primary cosmic ray (CR

Usoskin, Ilya G.

407

Low-Energy Cosmic-Ray Events Associated with Solar Flares  

Microsoft Academic Search

As a result of the IGY riometer program, it has been found that the measure- ment of ionospheric absorption in arctic regions is a sensitive method of detecting low-energy cosmic rays associated with solar flares. The normal morphology of these events is described, and details are given of the 24 such events that have been detected in the period from

George C. Reid; Harold Leinbach

1959-01-01

408

The History of Cosmic Ray Studies after Hess  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The discovery of cosmic rays by Victor Hess was confirmed with balloon flights at higher altitudes by Kolhörster. Soon the interest turned into questions about the nature of cosmic rays: gamma rays or particles? Subsequent investigations have established cosmic rays as the birthplace of elementary particle physics. The 1936 Nobel prize was shared between Victor Hess and Carl Anderson. Anderson discovered the positron in a cloud chamber. The positron was predicted by Dirac several years earlier. Many new results came now from studies with cloud chambers and nuclear emulsions. Anderson and Neddermeyer saw the muon, which for some time was considered to be a candidate for the Yukawa particle responsible for nuclear binding. Lattes, Powell, Occhialini and Muirhead clarified the situation by the discovery of the charged pions in cosmic rays. Rochester and Butler found V's, which turned out to be short-lived neutral kaons decaying into a pair of charged pions. ?'s, ?'s and ?'s were found in cosmic rays using nuclear emulsions. After that period, accelerators and storage rings took over. The unexpected renaissance of cosmic rays started with the search for solar neutrinos and the observation of the supernova 1987A and other accelerators in the sky. With the observation of neutrino oscillations one began to look beyond the standard model of elementary particles. After 100 years of cosmic ray research we are again at the beginning of a new era, and cosmic rays may contribute to solve the many open questions, like dark matter and dark energy, by providing energies well beyond those of earth-bound accelerators.

Grupen, Claus

2013-06-01

409

A connection between star formation activity and cosmic rays in the starburst galaxy M82  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Although Galactic cosmic rays (protons and nuclei) are widely believed to be mainly accelerated by the winds and supernovae of massive stars, definitive evidence of this origin remains elusive nearly a century after their discovery. The active regions of starburst galaxies have exceptionally high rates of star formation, and their large size-more than 50 times the diameter of similar Galactic regions-uniquely enables reliable calorimetric measurements of their potentially high cosmic-ray density. The cosmic rays produced in the formation, life and death of massive stars in these regions are expected to produce diffuse ?-ray emission through interactions with interstellar gas and radiation. M82, the prototype small starburst galaxy, is predicted to be the brightest starburst galaxy in terms of ?-ray emission. Here we report the detection of >700-GeV ?-rays from M82. From these data we determine a cosmic-ray density of 250eVcm-3 in the starburst core, which is about 500 times the average Galactic density. This links cosmic-ray acceleration to star formation activity, and suggests that supernovae and massive-star winds are the dominant accelerators.

VERITAS Collaboration; Acciari, V. A.; Aliu, E.; Arlen, T.; Aune, T.; Bautista, M.; Beilicke, M.; Benbow, W.; Boltuch, D.; Bradbury, S. M.; Buckley, J. H.; Bugaev, V.; Byrum, K.; Cannon, A.; Celik, O.; Cesarini, A.; Chow, Y. C.; Ciupik, L.; Cogan, P.; Colin, P.; Cui, W.; Dickherber, R.; Duke, C.; Fegan, S. J.; Finley, J. P.; Finnegan, G.; Fortin, P.; Fortson, L.; Furniss, A.; Galante, N.; Gall, D.; Gibbs, K.; Gillanders, G. H.; Godambe, S.; Grube, J.; Guenette, R.; Gyuk, G.; Hanna, D.; Holder, J.; Horan, D.; Hui, C. M.; Humensky, T. B.; Imran, A.; Kaaret, P.; Karlsson, N.; Kertzman, M.; Kieda, D.; Kildea, J.; Konopelko, A.; Krawczynski, H.; Krennrich, F.; Lang, M. J.; Lebohec, S.; Maier, G.; McArthur, S.; McCann, A.; McCutcheon, M.; Millis, J.; Moriarty, P.; Mukherjee, R.; Nagai, T.; Ong, R. A.; Otte, A. N.; Pandel, D.; Perkins, J. S.; Pizlo, F.; Pohl, M.; Quinn, J.; Ragan, K.; Reyes, L. C.; Reynolds, P. T.; Roache, E.; Rose, H. J.; Schroedter, M.; Sembroski, G. H.; Smith, A. W.; Steele, D.; Swordy, S. P.; Theiling, M.; Thibadeau, S.; Varlotta, A.; Vassiliev, V. V.; Vincent, S.; Wagner, R. G.; Wakely, S. P.; Ward, J. E.; Weekes, T. C.; Weinstein, A.; Weisgarber, T.; Williams, D. A.; Wissel, S.; Wood, M.; Zitzer, B.

2009-12-01

410

UNDERSTANDING TeV-BAND COSMIC-RAY ANISOTROPY  

SciTech Connect

We investigate the temporal and spectral correlations between flux and anisotropy fluctuations of TeV-band cosmic rays in light of recent data taken with IceCube. We find that for a conventional distribution of cosmic-ray sources, the dipole anisotropy is higher than observed, even if source discreteness is taken into account. Moreover, even for a shallow distribution of galactic cosmic-ray sources and a reacceleration model, fluctuations arising from source discreteness provide a probability only of the order of 10% that the cosmic-ray anisotropy limits of the recent IceCube analysis are met. This probability estimate is nearly independent of the exact choice of source rate, but generous for a large halo size. The location of the intensity maximum far from the Galactic Center is naturally reproduced.

Pohl, Martin [DESY, D-15738 Zeuthen (Germany)] [DESY, D-15738 Zeuthen (Germany); Eichler, David, E-mail: pohlmadq@gmail.com, E-mail: eichler@bgu.ac.il [Physics Department, Ben-Gurion University, Be'er-Sheva 84105 (Israel)] [Physics Department, Ben-Gurion University, Be'er-Sheva 84105 (Israel)

2013-03-20

411

Cosmic Rays and Their Radiative Processes in Numerical Cosmology  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A cosmological hydrodynamic code is described, which includes a routine to compute cosmic ray acceleration and transport in a simplified way. The routine was designed to follow explicitly diffusive, acceleration at shocks, and second-order Fermi acceleration and adiabatic loss in smooth flows. Synchrotron cooling of the electron population can also be followed. The updated code is intended to be used to study the properties of nonthermal synchrotron emission and inverse Compton scattering from electron cosmic rays in clusters of galaxies, in addition to the properties of thermal bremsstrahlung emission from hot gas. The results of a test simulation using a grid of 128 (exp 3) cells are presented, where cosmic rays and magnetic field have been treated passively and synchrotron cooling of cosmic ray electrons has not been included.

Ryu, Dongsu; Miniati, Francesco; Jones, Tom W.; Kang, Hyesung

2000-01-01

412

The Determination of the Muon Magnetic Moment from Cosmic Rays  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes an experiment suited for use in an advanced laboratory course in particle physics. The magnetic moment of cosmic ray muons which have some polarization is determined with an error of about five percent. (Author/GS)

Amsler, C.

1974-01-01

413

Cosmic ray lithium isotope measurement with AMS-01  

E-print Network

The AMS-01 detector measured charged cosmic rays during 10 days on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998 and collected 108 events. By identifying 8349 Lithium and 22709 Carbon nuclei from the raw data, this thesis presents ...

Zhou, Feng, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2009-01-01

414

MDAC solar cosmic ray experiment on OGO-6  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The instrumentation of the OGO-F solar cosmic ray experiment is described and results of data obtained during the satellite lifetime from launch on June 5, 1969, through September, 1970, and discussed.

Masley, A. J.

1973-01-01

415

A cosmochemical view of cosmic rays and solar particles  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The composition of cosmic rays and solar particles is reviewed with emphasis on the question of whether they are representative samples of Galactic and solar matter. The composition of solar particles changes with energy and from flare to flare. A strong excess of heavy elements at energies below a few MeV/nuc decreases with energy, and at energies above 15 MeV/nuc the composition of solar particles resembles that of galactic cosmic rays somewhat better than that of the solar atmosphere. The elements Ne through Pb have remarkably similar abundances in cosmic ray sources and in the matter of the solar system. The lighter elements are depleted in cosmic rays, whereas U and Th may be enriched or not, depending on whether the meteoritic or solar abundance of Th is used.

Price, P. B.

1973-01-01

416

Nonlinear Transport of Cosmic Rays in Turbulent Magnetic Field  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent advances in both the MHD turbulence theory and cosmic ray observations call for revisions in the paradigm of cosmic ray transport. We use the models of magnetohydrodynamic turbulence that were tested in numerical simulations, in which turbulence is injected at large scale and cascades to small scales. We shall present the nonlinear results for cosmic ray transport, in particular, the cross field transport of CRs. We demonstrate that the concept of cosmic ray subdiffusion in general does not apply and the perpendicular motion is well described by normal diffusion with M A4 dependence. Moreover, on scales less than the injection scale of turbulence, CRs' transport becomes super-diffusive. Quantitative predictions for both the normal diffusion on large scale and super diffusion on small scale are confirmed with recent numerical simulations. Implication for shock acceleration is briefly discussed.

Yan, H.; Xu, S.

2014-09-01

417

Supernova envelope shock origin of cosmic rays: a review  

SciTech Connect

The hydrodynamic shock origin of cosmic rays in the envelope of a Type I presupernova star is reviewed. The possibility of accelerating ultrahigh energy particles to greater than or equal to 10/sup 18/ eV is unique to the shock mechanism and currently no other suggested galactic or extragalactic site is likely. In this paper a review of the work leading to a renewed commitment to the origin of cosmic rays in the shock ejected envelope of supernova is given. The degree to which this interpretation applies to the origin of all cosmic rays is certainly uncertain and does not exclude the possibility of a fraction of the lower energy cosmic rays being accelerated in collisionless plasma shocks in the interstellar medium. 45 references, 3 figures.

Colgate, S.A.

1984-01-01

418

The cosmic ray muon energy spectum via ?erenkov radiation  

E-print Network

In this thesis, I designed and constructed a basic Cerenkov detector to measure the energy spectrum of cosmic ray muons for use in the graduate experimental physics courses, 8.811/2. The apparatus consists of a light-tight ...

Quintero, Eric Antonio

2010-01-01

419

Cosmic ray scintillations. II - General theory of interplanetary scintillations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The motion of charged particles in a stochastic magnetic field with nonzero mean is considered via a generalized quasi-linear expansion of Liouville's equation. The general result is an equation relating cosmic ray scintillations to magnetic fluctuations and to cosmic ray gradients. The resonant interaction between particles and the random magnetic field is considered in detail, and the effect of nonlinear terms in the equations is considered. The nonlinear terms are important in damping out initial conditions and in determining conditions near cyclotron resonances. The application of the theory to the propagation of cosmic rays during quiet times in interplanetary space is considered. It is concluded that cosmic ray scintillations in interplanetary space may provide useful information about interplanetary particles and fields and also about nonlinear plasma interactions.

Owens, A. J.

1974-01-01

420

A time-averaged cosmic ray propagation theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

An argument is presented, which casts doubt on our ability to choose an appropriate magnetic field ensemble for computing the average behavior of cosmic ray particles. An alternate procedure, using time-averages rather than ensemble-averages, is presented.

Klimas, A. J.; Sandri, G.

1975-01-01

421

Investigation of resonance integrals occurring in cosmic ray diffusion theory  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The method for calculating the pitch angle diffusion coefficient is investigated for cosmic rays in a static random magnetic field, using the resonance integral method. The pitch angle diffusion coefficient may be derived from the Vlasov equation via ensemble averaging.

Jones, F. C.; Birmingham, T. J.; Kaiser, T. B.

1972-01-01

422

Observations of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays  

E-print Network

The status of measurements of the arrival directions, mass composition and energy spectrum of cosmic rays above 3 x 10^18 eV (3 EeV) is reviewed using reports presented at the 29th International Cosmic Ray Conference held in Pune, India, in August 2005. The paper is based on a plenary talk given at the TAUP2005 meeting in Zaragoza, 10 - 14 September 2005.

A A Watson

2005-11-29

423

Statistical acceleration of cosmic rays in anisotropic turbulent medium  

Microsoft Academic Search

Acceleration of cosmic rays interacting with the anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic turbulent medium is studied. Particle acceleration\\u000a is caused by a large-scale electric field arising in a turbulent medium due to the ?-effect. A comparison is made of equilibrium\\u000a spectra of cosmic rays, characteristic of the specific acceleration mechanism, with the energy distribution of particles corresponding\\u000a to the statistical Fermi acceleration.

Yu. I. Fedorov

2011-01-01

424

The effect of cosmic rays on thunderstorm electricity  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The inflow of charges of small ions, formed by cosmic rays, into thunderstorm cells is estimated on the basis of rocket measurements of ionic concentrations below 90 km. Out of the two processes that form the thunderstorm charge (generation and separation of charges), the former is supposed to be caused by cosmic rays, and the nature of separation is assumed to be the same as in other thunderstorm theories.

Bragin, Y. A.

1975-01-01

425

Antarctic Radio Frequency Albedo and Implications for Cosmic Ray Reconstruction  

E-print Network

From an elevation of ~38 km, the balloon-borne ANtarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) is designed to detect the up-coming radio frequency (RF) signal resulting from a sub-surface neutrino-nucleon collision. Although no neutrinos have been discovered thus far, ANITA is nevertheless the only experiment to self-trigger on radio frequency emissions from cosmic-ray induced atmospheric air showers. In the majority of those cases, down-coming RF signals are observed via their reflection from the Antarctic ice sheet and back up to the ANITA interferometer. Estimating the energy scale of the incident cosmic rays therefore requires an estimate of the fractional power reflected at the air-ice interface. Similarly, inferring the energy of neutrinos interacting in-ice from observations of the upwards-directed signal refracting out to ANITA also requires consideration of signal coherence across the interface. By comparing the direct Solar RF signal intensity measured with ANITA to the surface-reflected Solar signal ...

Besson, D Z; Sullivan, M; Allison, P; Barwick, S W; Baughman, B M; Beatty, J J; Belov, K; Bevan, S; Binns, W R; Chen, C; Chen, P; Clem, J M; Connolly, A; De Marco, D; Dowkontt, P F; DuVernois, M; Goldstein, D; Gorham, P W; Grashorn, E W; Hill, B; Hoover, S; Huang, M; Israel, M H; Javaid, A; Kowalski, J; Learned, J; Liewer, K M; Matsuno, S; Mercurio, B C; Miki, C; Mottram, M; Nam, J; Naudet, C J; Nichol, R J; Palladino, K; Romero-Wolf, A; Ruckman, L; Saltzberg, D; Seckel, D; Shang, R Y; Stockham, M; Varner, G S; Vieregg, A G; Wang, Y

2013-01-01

426

Separation of the electron and proton cosmic-ray components by means of a calorimeter in the PAMELA satellite-borne experiment for the case of particle detection within a large aperture  

SciTech Connect

The PAMELA satellite-borne experiment is designed to study cosmic rays over a broad energy range. The apparatus has been in near-Earth cosmic space from June 2006 to the present time. It is equipped with a magnetic spectrometer for determining the sign of the particle charge and rigidity. In solving some problems, however, information from the magnetic spectrometer becomes inaccessible, so that it is necessary to employ a calorimeter to separate the electron and nuclear cosmic-ray components. A procedure for separating these components for particles arriving off the magnetic-spectrometer aperture is considered.

Karelin, A. V., E-mail: karelin@hotbox.ru; Borisov, S. V.; Voronov, S. A.; Malakhov, V. V. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russian Federation)

2013-06-15

427

Calibration of the Galactic Cosmic Ray Flux  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

We report first Xe data on the cross-calibration of I-129-Xe-129(sub n) ages with conventional CRE ages, a method which is expected to provide information on the long-term constancy of the galactic cosmic ray (GCR) flux. We studied isotopic signatures of Xe released in stepwise heating, decomposition and melting of troilites in the Cape York iron meteorite to identify isotopic shifts in Xe-129 and Xe-131 due to neutron capture in Te-128 and Te-130. We also resolve components due to extinct 129I, spallation and fission Xe. There has recently been much speculation on the constancy of GCR over long time scales, as may be inferred from iron meteorites. If GCRs originate from supernova events, this provides the basis for postulating increased fluxes at locations with higher than average densities of supernovae, specifically in OB-associations. The solar system at present appears to be inside a local bubble between spiral arms and may experience an increased GCR flux.

Mathew, K. J.; Marti, K.

2004-01-01

428

A high-resolution study of ultra-heavy cosmic-ray nuclei (A0178)  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The main objective of the experiment is a detailed study of the charge spectra of ultraheavy cosmic-ray nuclei from zinc (Z = 30) to uranium (Z = 92) and beyond using solid-state track detectors. Special emphasis will be placed on the relative abundances in the region Z or - 65, which is thought to be dominated by r-process nucleosynthesis. Subsidiary objectives include the study of the cosmic-ray transiron spectrum a search for the postulated long-lived superheavy (SH) nuclei (Z or = 110), such as (110) SH294, in the contemporary cosmic radiation. The motivation behind the search for super-heavy nuclei is based on predicted half-lives that are short compared to the age of the Earth but long compared to the age of cosmic rays. The detection of such nuclei would have far-reaching consequences for nuclear structure theory. The sample of ultraheavy nuclei obtained in this experiment will provide unique opportunities for many tests concerning element nucleosynthesis, cosmic-ray acceleration, and cosmic-ray propagation.

Osullivan, D.; Thompson, A.; Oceallaigh, C.; Domingo, V.; Wenzel, K. P.

1984-01-01

429

Cosmic Ray Anomalies from the MSSM?  

SciTech Connect

The recent positron excess in cosmic rays (CR) observed by the PAMELA satellite may be a signal for dark matter (DM) annihilation. When these measurements are combined with those from FERMI on the total (e{sup +} + e{sup -}) ux and from PAMELA itself on the {anti p}p ratio, these and other results are difficult to reconcile with traditional models of DM, including the conventional minimal Supergravity (mSUGRA) version of Supersymmetry even if boosts as large as 10{sup 3-4} are allowed. In this paper, we combine the results of a previously obtained scan over a more general 19-parameter subspace of the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM) with a corresponding scan over astrophysical parameters that describe the propagation of CR. We then ascertain whether or not a good fit to this CR data can be obtained with relatively small boost factors while simultaneously satisfying the additional constraints arising from gamma ray data. We find that a specific subclass of MSSM models where the Lightest Supersymmetric Particle (LSP) is mostly pure bino and annihilates almost exclusively into {tau} pairs comes very close to satisfying these requirements. The lightest in this set of models is found to be relatively close in mass to the LSP and is in some cases the nLSP. These models lead to a significant improvement in the overall fit to the data by {approx}1 unit of {chi}{sup 2}/dof in comparison to the best fit without Supersymmetry while employing boosts in the range {approx}100-200. The implications of these models for future experiments are discussed.

Cotta, R.C.; /SLAC; Conley, J.A.; /Bonn U.; Gainer, J.S.; /Argonne /Northwestern U.; Hewett, J.L.; Rizzo, T.G.; /SLAC

2011-08-11

430

Are extragalactic gamma ray bursts the source of the highest energy cosmic rays?  

E-print Network

Recent observations with the large air shower arrays of ultra high energy cosmic rays (UHECR) and recent measurements/estimates of the redshifts of gamma ray bursts (GRBs) seem to rule out extragalactic GRBs as the source of the cosmic rays that are observed near Earth, including those with the highest energies.

Arnon Dar

1999-01-03

431

New Components of the Cosmic X-Ray Background  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The discovery of a diffuse background of cosmic X-radiation accompanied the birth of the field of X-ray astronomy, yet the exact origin of this radiation remains unexplained more than thirty years hence. Subsequent research has demonstrated that the X-ray background (XRB) arises from the integrated emission of individual sources. The principal weakness of the discrete-source explanation for the XRB, however, is that no known class of luminous extragalactic X-ray sources has demonstrated the properties necessary to account for either the intensity or spectrum of the XRB. This dissertation is directed at finding the new class or classes of X-ray sources that do possess the appropriate properties. The approach is based on the premise that the careful optical study of X-ray sources, perhaps selected in novel ways, will eventually elucidate the origin of the XRB. This search for new components of the XRB has used data from three generations of X-ray observatories. I have constructed a catalog of faint X-ray sources in Einstein Observatory images. From this catalog I have drawn radio -selected and infrared-selected samples and obtained spectra of their optical counterparts. I have also obtained optical spectra of objects from a catalog of infrared sources detected in the ROSAT All-Sky Survey, reported initially to contain normal spiral and star- burst galaxies with extreme X-ray luminosities. To the contrary, I find no evidence for X-ray-luminous normal star-forming galaxies in either the ROSAT or Einstein samples. An ASCA observation of the bright X-ray starburst NGC 3256 indicates that its broad -band X-ray spectrum is much too soft for such starbursts to explain the shape of the XRB spectrum. Two new classes of luminous X-ray sources with demure optical properties have been discovered. The first new class is comprised of early-type galaxies which, despite X-ray luminosities typical for broad-line active galactic nuclei (AGNs), have optical spectra that are devoid of emission lines. I have dubbed the second new class of objects "starburst/Seyfert composite" galaxies: their optical spectra are dominated by the characteristics of a starburst, but again, their X-ray luminosities are comparable to those of AGNs. However, close examination of their spectra reveals very subtle AGN signatures. It is likely that the active nucleus in these objects is heavily obscured. New X-ray observations are scheduled to determine the nature of the X-ray emission from both of these new types of objects and their contribution to the XRB.

Moran, Edward Charles

1995-01-01

432

The Cosmic Ray Intensity Near the Archean Earth  

E-print Network

We employ three-dimensional state of the art magnetohydrodynamic models of the early solar wind and heliosphere and a two-dimensional model for cosmic ray transport to investigate the cosmic ray spectrum and flux near the Archean Earth. We assess how sensitive the cosmic ray spectrum is to changes in the sunspot placement and magnetic field strength, the large scale dipole magnetic field strength, the wind ram pressure, and the Sun's rotation period. Overall, our results confirm earlier work that suggested the Archean Earth would have experienced a greatly reduced cosmic ray flux than is the case today. The cosmic ray reduction for the early Sun is mainly due to the shorter solar rotation period and tighter winding of the Parker spiral, and to the different surface distribution of the more active solar magnetic field. These effects lead to a global reduction of the cosmic ray flux at 1AU by up to two orders of magnitude or more. Variations in the sunspot magnetic field have more effect on the flux than variat...

Cohen, O; Kota, J

2012-01-01

433

Study of Cosmic Ray Muon Flux Variation with Atmospheric Weather  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Global climate change, driven by a variety of natural factors both on the planet and from outer space, has been a constant throughout the history of the earth. The variability of and interactions among these factors have been researched for decades. The relationships between cosmic ray radiation and other climate factors have been studied by many researchers, such as atmospheric pressure and temperature [1], low cloud coverage [2], and ozone depletion [3], etc. Over the past several years, various cosmic ray telescopes were built and have been measuring long-term cosmic ray muon flux at different spots in Georgia State University (GSU), A series of correlations between cosmic ray muon flux and local atmospheric weather have been being studied. The preliminary results from our recent measurement and research will be presented. [4pt] [1] Serap Tilav, et al., Atmospheric Variations as Observed by IceCude, Proceedings of the 31st ICRC, (2009).[0pt] [2] Nigel D. March and Henrik Svensmark, Low Cloud Properties Influenced by Cosmic Rays, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 23 (2000).[0pt] [3] Q.-B. Lu, Correlation between Cosmic Rays and Ozone Depletion, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 118501 (2009).

Zhang, Xiaohang; Dayananda, Mathes; He, Xiaochun

2012-03-01

434

A New Measurement of the Cosmic X-ray Background  

SciTech Connect

I present a new analytical description of the cosmic X-ray background (CXRB) spectrum in the 1.5-200 keV energy band, obtained by combining the new measurement performed by the Swift X-ray telescope (XRT) with the recently published Swift burst alert telescope (BAT) measurement. A study of the cosmic variance in the XRT band (1.5-7 keV) is also presented. I find that the expected cosmic variance (expected from LogN-LogS) scales as {omega}{sup -0.3}(where {omega} is the surveyed area) in very good agreement with XRT data.

Moretti, A. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera v. E. Bianchi 46 23807 Merate (Italy)

2009-05-11

435

Effect of re-acceleration on cosmic ray components  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Reacceleration of cosmic rays in interstellar space has been studied in detail in order to examine the behavior of the ratios of secondary to primary nuclei in cosmic radiation. It is found that modest acceleration in a confinement region, where particles escape more freely at high energies, provides a better fit to the observed data. The effect of reacceleration on the spectral shape of proton and helium components of cosmic rays has been studied. The examination of two different models has shown that reacceleration provides a poor fit to the observed proton data.

Stephens, S. A.; Golden, R. L.

1989-01-01

436

Measurement of Cosmic-Ray H and He Isotopes by BESS and its Implications for the Cosmic-Ray Propagation  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Balloon Borne Experiment with a Superconducting Solenoid Spectrometer (BESS) was flown annually in 1993, 1994, and 1995. The data analysis included measurements of the energy spectra and isotopic composition of cosmic-ray H and He. In this report, we present the secondary to primary ratios, ^2H\\/^1H and ^3He\\/^4He, and discuss their implications for the cosmic ray propagation in both interstellar

E. S. Seo; F. B. McDonald; J. Z. Wang; J. F. Ormes; R. E. Streitmatter; A. Moiseev; J. Mitchell; H. Matsunaga; M. Imori; S. Orito; M. Otoba; T. Sanuki; T. Saeki; I. Ueda; T. Yoshida; K. Y