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Prospects for High Energy Light Isotope Measurements on Balloons

Aug 5, 2015, 2:30 PM
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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
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Prof. Scott Wakely (University of Chicago)


Recent high-profile ‘anomalies’ detected in the cosmic-ray flux have underscored the importance of improving our understanding of cosmic-ray source and propagation processes. To this end, one of the key observational tasks is obtaining measurements of the relative abundances of the light cosmic-ray isotopes at relativistic energies (above ~1 GeV/n) where existing information is extremely scarce. In particular, measurements of the clock isotope $^{10}$Be for a range of relativistic time dilations are urgently needed. However, such measurements present a severe experimental challenge. The required mass resolution can only be reached if magnetic spectrometers with strong magnetic fields are equipped with state-of-the-art high-resolution trackers, and combined with devices such as ring-imaging Cherenkov counters for precise velocity measurements. Additionally, large exposure factors are needed for good statistical accuracy. In this presentation, we will briefly review the goals and challenges of such measurements, and describe a new proposed instrument, HELIX (the High-Energy Light Isotope eXperiment), that is designed to meet these challenges on a long-duration Antarctic balloon flight.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 647
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Prof. Scott Wakely (University of Chicago)


Dietrich Muller (University of Chicago) Gregory Tarle (University of Michigan) Jim Musser (Indiana University) Michael Schubnell (University of Michigan) Nahee Park (University of Chicago) Scott Nutter (Northern Kentucky University) Stephane Coutu (Penn State University)

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