Sep 8 – 13, 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

Large-scale cosmic-ray anisotropy studies at the Pierre Auger Observatory at EeV energies (presented by Diego Harari)

Sep 9, 2013, 4:20 PM
Asilomar, California

Asilomar, California

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Oral High-Energy Astrophysics (includes all cosmic ray physics) High Energy Astrophysics I


Piera Luisa Ghia (University Pierre et Marie Curie)


"The study of the large-scale distribution of arrival directions of cosmic rays at EeV energies can provide a significant tool for shedding light on the energy at which the transition from a Galactic to an extragalactic origin takes place. The Pierre Auger Observatory includes two differently graded Extensive Air Showers arrays. One (covering 3000 km^2 with a 1500 m grid) detects showers from cosmic rays with energy above 0.5 EeV, being fully efficient above 3 EeV. The other (25 km^2 with a 750 m grid, fully efficient above 0.3 EeV) allows one to observe cosmic rays down to energies of about 0.05 EeV. Two different data analyses have been pursued in the search for large-scale anisotropies. The first is the classical first harmonic analysis in right ascension from which amplitude and phase of a dipolar anisotropy can be determined. The second consists in a spherical harmonic analysis that allows one to extract information on dipolar and quadrupolar components of the anisotropy as a function of both declination and right ascension. After discussing the methods and showing all the systematic and stability checks done on data, we present the results in terms of amplitude and direction of the anisotropy vs energy. Finally, we discuss the implications of our findings with respect to the origin of EeV cosmic rays."

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Piera Luisa Ghia (University Pierre et Marie Curie)

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