Discovery of localized regions of excess 10-TeV cosmic rays.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • The 7 year data set of the Milagro TeV observatory contains 2.2 x 10(11) events of which most are due to hadronic cosmic rays. These data are searched for evidence of intermediate scale structure. Excess emission on angular scales of approximately 10 degrees has been found in two localized regions of unknown origin with greater than 12sigma significance. Both regions are inconsistent with pure gamma-ray emission with high confidence. One of the regions has a different energy spectrum than the isotropic cosmic-ray flux at a level of 4.6sigma, and it is consistent with hard spectrum protons with an exponential cutoff, with the most significant excess at approximately 10 TeV. Potential causes of these excesses are explored, but no compelling explanations are found.
  • Authors

  • Abdo, AA
  • Allen, B
  • Aune, T
  • Berley, D
  • Blaufuss, E
  • Casanova, S
  • Chen, C
  • Dingus, BL
  • Ellsworth, RW
  • Fleysher, L
  • Fleysher, R
  • Gonzalez, MM
  • Goodman, JA
  • Hoffman, CM
  • H├╝ntemeyer, PH
  • Kolterman, BE
  • Lansdell, CP
  • Linnemann, JT
  • McEnery, JE
  • Mincer, AI
  • Nemethy, P
  • Noyes, D
  • Pretz, J
  • Ryan, James
  • Parkinson, PM Saz
  • Shoup, A
  • Sinnis, G
  • Smith, AJ
  • Sullivan, GW
  • Vasileiou, V
  • Walker, GP
  • Williams, DA
  • Yodh, GB
  • Milagro Collaboration
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • November 28, 2008
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In

    Keywords

  • Milagro Collaboration
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 19113471
  • Start Page

  • 221101
  • Volume

  • 101
  • Issue

  • 22