EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 210, 2019Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays 2018 (UHECR 2018)
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Spectrum, Anisotropies, Mass Composition|
|Published online||17 May 2019|
Auger-TA energy spectrum working group report
University of Utah, High Energy Astrophysics Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
2 Institut de Physique Nucléaire, CNRS-IN2P3, Univ. Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, 91406 Orsay Cedex, France
3 Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
4 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
5 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institut für Kernphysik (IKP), Karlsruhe, Germany
6 Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche e Chimiche, Università dell’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
7 INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (L’Aquila), Italy
8 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institut für Experimentelle Kernphysik (IEKP), Karlsruhe, Germany
9 Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan
10 INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi (L’Aquila), Italy
11 Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy
12 Sezione INFN di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Roma, Italy
13 Observatorio Pierre Auger, Av. San Martín Norte 304, 5613 Malargüe, Argentina
14 Telescope Array Project, 201 James Fletcher Bldg, 115 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830, USA
Full author list: http://www.auger.org/archive/authors_2018_10.html
Full author list: http://www.telescopearray.org/index.php/research/collaborators
Published online: 17 May 2019
The energy spectrum of ultra-high energy cosmic rays is the most emblematic observable for describing these particles. Beyond a few tens of EeV, the Pierre Auger Observatory and the Telescope Array, currently being exploited, provide the largest exposures ever accumulated in the Southern and Northern hemispheres to measure independently a suppression of the intensity, in a complementary way in terms of the coverage of the sky. However, the comparison of the spectra shows differences that are not reducible to an overall uncertainty on the calibration of the energy scale used to reconstruct the extensive air showers. In line with the previous editions of the UHECR workshops, a working group common to both experiments examined these differences by focusing this time on quantification of these differences in the region of the sky commonly observed, where the spectra should be in agreement within uncertainties when directional-exposure effects are taken into account. These differences are compared with the systematic uncertainties of each experiment. We have also revisited the methods of determining cosmic-ray energies and deriving the energy spectrum. We describe the surface detector (SD) spectrum obtained adopting an energy calibration based on the constant intensity cut method (CIC), a Monte Carlo-based attenuation correction, and an energy-dependent CIC attenuation correction.
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