July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Study of high muon multiplicity cosmic ray events with ALICE at the CERN Large Hadron Collider

Jul 30, 2015, 11:30 AM
Yangtze 2 (World Forum)

Yangtze 2

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Oral contribution CR-EX Parallel CR02 Hadr Int


Mario Rodriguez Cahuantzi (Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP, México)))


ALICE is one of four large experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Located 52 meters underground with 28 meters of overburden rock,it has also been used to detect atmospheric muons produced by cosmic ray interactions in the upper atmosphere. We present the multiplicity distribution of these cosmic ray muon events and their comparison with Monte Carlo simulation. This analysis exploits the large size and excellent tracking capability of the ALICE Time Projection Chamber. A special emphasis is given to the study of high multiplicity events containing more than 100 reconstructed muons and corresponding to a muon areal density larger than 6.7 $m^{−2}$. Similar high muon multiplicity events have been studied in previous underground experiments such as ALEPH and DELPHI at LEP. While these experiments were able to reproduce the measured muon multiplicity distribution with Monte Carlo simulation at low and intermediate multiplicities, they failed to reproduce the frequency of the highest multiplicity events. We demonstrate that the high muon multiplicity events observed in ALICE stem from primary cosmic rays with energies above $10^{16}$ eV. The frequency of these events can be successfully described by assuming a heavy mass composition of primary cosmic rays in this energy range and using the most recent hadronic interaction models to simulate the development of the resulting air showers. This observation narrows the scope alternative, more exotic, production mechanisms for these events.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 0933
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Primary author

Mario Rodriguez Cahuantzi (Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP, México)))


Arturo Fernandez Tellez (Autonomous University of Puebla (MX)) Bruno Alessandro (Universita e INFN Torino (IT)) Ms Emma Gonzalez Hernandez (Autonomous University of Puebla) Katherin Shtejer Diaz (Center of Technological Applications & Nuclear Development (CU))

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