PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 301 - 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017) - Session Cosmic-Ray Indirect. CRI-properties of CRs at high energies (anisotropy, energy, mass)
Telescope Array measurement of UHECR composition from stereoscopic fluorescence detection
D. Bergman,* T. Stroman
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: August 16, 2017
Published on: August 03, 2018
Abstract
The chemical composition of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) affects the observable distribution of air-shower $X_{\rm max}$ values, the atmospheric slant depth at which the number of secondary shower particles reaches its maximum. The observed $X_{\rm max}$ distributions at various primary UHECR energies can be compared with the distributions predicted by detailed detector simulations for any assumed composition and high-energy hadronic interaction model. In this poster, we present measurements of $X_{\rm max}$ by the Telescope Array (TA) fluorescence detectors with stereoscopic shower reconstruction. We find that for all hadronic models considered, the data collected since TA operation began in 2007 is consistent with a chiefly light UHECR composition.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.301.0538
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