We present a new measurement of the cosmic-ray positron fraction e+/(e++e-) obtained from the first balloon flight of the High Energy Antimatter Telescope (HEAT). Using a magnet spectrometer combined with a transition radiation detector, an electromagnetic calorimeter, and time-of-flight counters we have achieved a high degree of background rejection. Our results do not indicate a major contribution to the positron flux from primary sources. In particular, we see no evidence for the significant rise in the positron fraction at energies above ∼10 GeV previously reported.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)