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Title: Studies of High Energy Particle Astrophysics

This report covers the progress of the Michigan Technological University particle astrophysics group during the period April 15th, 2011 through April 30th, 2014. The principal investigator is Professor David Nitz. Professor Brian Fick is the Co-PI. The focus of the group is the study of the highest energy cosmic rays using the Pierre Auger Observatory. The major goals of the Pierre Auger Observatory are to discover and understand the source or sources of cosmic rays with energies exceeding 10**19 eV, to identify the particle type(s), and to investigate the interactions of those cosmic particles both in space and in the Earth's atmosphere. The Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina was completed in June 2008 with 1660 surface detector stations and 24 fluorescence telescopes arranged in 4 stations. It has a collecting area of 3,000 square km, yielding an aperture of 7,000 km**2 sr.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Michigan Technological University
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1145912
Report Number(s):
DOE-MTU-ER41107
DOE Contract Number:
FG02-99ER41107
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 49931
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE; USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS Cosmic Frontier: Cosmic Rays