SPACE AND COSMIC RAY PHYSICS SEMINAR

University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, October 1, 2007
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

Antonio Codino
INFN and U. of Perugia, Italy
A Solution of the Knee and Ankle Problem in the Cosmic Ray Spectrum

The differential energy spectrum of the cosmic rays presents two deviations (the knee and the ankle) with respect to a constant spectral index of 2.7 at energies above 1015 eV (knee) and 5 x 1018 eV (ankle). A new mechanism accounting for both deviations is presented. The mechanism is based on observational data regarding the size and the magnetic field in the Galaxy and assumes constant spectral indices of individual ions of the cosmic radiation from 10 GeV up to 6 x 1019 eV. The excellent agreement, spanning 5 energy decades, with the measured spectra of the cosmic radiation is discussed and highlighted.


Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Catha Stewart at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the ATL building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new ATL wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.