Study of the primary cosmic ray composition around the knee of the energy spectrum Academic Article uri icon


  • A study of the primary cosmic ray composition in the energy range 5ṡ10 14 -5ṡ10 15 eV is performed through the analysis of the deep underground muons and of the e.m. component of Extensive Air Showers detected in coincidence by the MACRO and EAS-TOP experiments at the Gran Sasso Laboratory. We conclude that: a) pure proton and Iron primary beams are excluded by the experimental data; b) a fraction of nuclei heavier than Helium is necessary to explain the experimental data both below and above the knee; c) a mixed composition, obtained a priori from extrapolations of the spectra directly measured below 100 TeV, yields a reasonable account of the observations up to the knee of the primary spectrum. © 1994.

author list (cited authors)

  • Aglietta, M., Alessandro, B., Antonioli, P., Arneodo, F., Bergamasco, L., Bertaina, M., ... Worstell, W.

citation count

  • 28

publication date

  • October 1994