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Interactions of high-energy (E>5×1019 eV) photons in the Earth's magnetic field

McBreen, B. and Lambert, Colin (1981) Interactions of high-energy (E>5×1019 eV) photons in the Earth's magnetic field. Physical Review, 24 (9). pp. 2536-2538. ISSN 0556-2821

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Abstract

Cosmic-ray photons of energy >5 × 1019 eV will pair produce in the Earth's magnetic field. The electrons radiate by quantum synchrotron radiation; the produced photons may in turn pair produce and continue the cascade. This electromagnetic cascade interacts with the Earth's atmosphere and produces an extensive air shower. Some implications for determining the photon contribution to the highest-energy cosmic rays are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 58052
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2012 10:46
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:06
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58052

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