Measurement of the energy spectrum of underground muons at Gran Sasso with a transition radiation detector Academic Article uri icon


  • We have measured directly the residual energy of cosmic ray muons crossing the MACRO detector at the Gran Sasso Laboratory. For this measurement we have used a transition radiation detector consisting of three identical modules, each of about 12m2 area, operating in the energy region from 100 GeV to 1 TeV. The results presented here were obtained with the first module collecting data for more than two years. The average single muon energy is found to be 320 ± 4 (stat.) ± 11 (syst.) GeV in the rock depth range 3000-6500 hg/cm2. The results are in agreement with calculations of the energy loss of muons in the rock above the detector. © 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

author list (cited authors)

  • Collaboration, T. M., Ambrosio, M., Antolini, R., Aramo, C., Auriemma, G., Baldini, A., ... Webb, R.

citation count

  • 22

publication date

  • January 1999