Invitation to the Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory
July 06, 2021
March 18, 2022
Cosmic Ray Ensembles (CRE) are very large, yet not observed particle cascades initiated above the Earth atmosphere. Such cascades could be formed both within classical models (e.g. products of photon-photon interactions) and exotic scenarios (e.g. result of decay of Super Heavy Dark Matter particles and subsequent interactions). Some of CRE might have a significant spatial extent which could serve as a unique signature detectable with the existing cosmic ray infrastructure taken as a network of detectors. This signature would be composed of a number of air showers with parallel axes. An obvious, although yet not probed, CRE „detection horizon” can be located somewhere between an air shower induced by an CRE composed of tightly collimated particles (preshower effect), and undetectable CRE composed of particles spread so widely that only one of them have a chance to reach Earth. Probing the CRE horizon with a global approach to the cosmic ray data, as proposed by the newly formed Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO), defines an extensive scientific program oriented on the search for physics manifestations at largest energies known, with potential impact on ultra-high energy astrophysics, the physics of fundamental particle interactions and cosmology. In this talk the current status and perspectives of CREDO will be summarized, with an open invitation for the colleagues interested in a global approach to cosmic ray studies, and in particular in observing and investigating multi-primary cosmic ray events such as CRE.
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