Synchrotron radiation from primary cosmic ray electrons: Monte Carlo studies of event topologies and potential backgrounds at balloon altitudes

S. Nutter, C. R. Bower, S. Coutu, D. Muller, J. Musser, M. Schubnell, G. Tarle, S. P. Wakely, A. Yagi

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Abstract

The balloon-borne Cosmic Ray Electron Synchrotron Telescope (CREST) experiment will measure the flux of cosmic ray electrons at energies greater than 2 TeV by detecting the x-ray component of the synchrotron radiation emitted as the electrons traverse the Earth's magnetic field. This method enhances the instrument acceptance to several times its geometric area. Monte Carlo simulations of electrons traversing the atmosphere were performed in order to calculate the acceptance of CREST and characterize synchrotron radiation patterns at balloon altitudes. The study results influence the design of CREST and potential future instruments using a similar detection technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages309-312
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2007
Event30th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2007 - Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Duration: Jul 3 2007Jul 11 2007

Other

Other30th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2007
CountryMexico
CityMerida, Yucatan
Period7/3/077/11/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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