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July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
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A study of the energy spectrum and composition of cosmic rays up to the highest energies

Aug 4, 2015, 2:45 PM
Yangtze 2 (World Forum)

Yangtze 2

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
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Satyendra Thoudam (Radboud University)


Motivated by the recent high-precision measurements of the cosmic-ray energy spectrum and composition by several new-generation experiments, a detailed study to understand the observed properties of cosmic rays up to the highest energies is being conducted. The study involves building a cosmic-ray propagation model in the Galaxy that explains the observed spectra of different cosmic-ray elements at GeV-TeV energies measured by balloon and satellite borne experiments. The contribution of Galactic cosmic rays to the all-particle cosmic-ray spectrum at higher energies measured by air-shower experiments is determined by extrapolating the spectra of different elements obtained from the Galactic propagation model to energies above the "knee" ($\sim 3\times 10^{15}$ eV). Only the maximum energy of protons accelerated by the Galactic sources is taken as the model parameter. In addition, the contribution of extra-galactic cosmic rays is calculated by taking a reasonable assumption for the source distribution and the nature of cosmic-ray propagation in the intergalactic magnetic fields. Preliminary results indicate the requirement of an extra component of Galactic cosmic rays in order to explain the observed all-particle energy spectrum between $\sim 10^{16}$ and $10^{18}$ eV. Details about the comparison of the model predictions with the observed all-particle energy spectrum and composition up to energies $\sim 10^{20}$ eV will be presented.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 666
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Satyendra Thoudam (Radboud University)


Prof. Abraham Achterberg (Radboud University Nijmegen) Prof. Heino Falcke (Radboud University Nijmegen) Jörg Hörandel (Ru Nijmegen/Nikhef) Dr Jörg Rachen (Radboud University Nijmegen)

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