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Jul 5 – 12, 2017
Venice, Italy
Europe/Zurich timezone
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Understanding cosmic ray small-scale anisotropies

Jul 6, 2017, 10:12 AM
Room Martinelli (Palazzo del Casinò)

Room Martinelli

Palazzo del Casinò

Parallel Talk Astroparticle Physics Astroparticle physics


Philipp Mertsch


The arrival directions of Galactic cosmic rays are highly isotropic. This is expected from the presence of turbulent magnetic fields in our Galactic environment that repeatedly scatter charged cosmic rays during propagation. However, various cosmic ray observatories have identified weak anisotropies of various angular sizes and with relative intensities of up to a level of 1 part in 1,000. Whereas large-scale anisotropies are generally predicted by standard diffusion models, the appearance of small-scale anisotropies down to an angular size of $10^\circ$ is surprising. In this review, I summarise the current experimental situation and address some of the remaining questions in interpreting the observed large-scale anisotropies. I review some of the various suggestions for explaining the small-scale anisotropies, focussing on the promising idea that they are a direct reflection of the particular realisation of the turbulent magnetic field in our Galactic neighbourhood.

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