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Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - CRD - Cosmic Ray Direct
Towards Understanding the Origin of Cosmic-Ray Positrons
Z. Weng
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Pre-published on: 2019 July 22
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Abstract
Precision measurements of cosmic ray positrons by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station are presented up to 1 TeV based on 1.9 million positrons.
The positron flux exhibits a significant excess starting from $25.2 \pm 1.8$ GeV followed by a sharp drop-off above $284^{+91}_{-64}$ GeV.
In the entire energy range the positron flux is well described by the sum of a diffuse term
associated with low energy secondary positrons produced in the collision of cosmic rays, and a new source term of high energy positrons with a finite energy cutoff. The finite cutoff energy of the source term, $E_s$, is established with a significance of more than $4 \sigma$, and it's value is determined to be $E_s = 810^{+310}_{-180}$ GeV.
These experimental data on cosmic ray positrons show that, at high energies, they predominantly originate either from dark matter collisions or from new astrophysical sources.
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