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Type: Journal article
Title: Cosmic-ray Anisotropies in right ascension measured by the Pierre Auger observatory
Author: Aab, A.
Abreu, P.
Aglietta, M.
Albuquerque, I.F.M.
Albury, J.M.
Allekotte, I.
Almela, A.
Castillo, J.A.
Alvarez-Muiz, J.
Anastasi, G.A.
Anchordoqui, L.
Andrada, B.
Andringa, S.
Aramo, C.
Ferreira, P.R.A.
Asorey, H.
Assis, P.
Avila, G.
Badescu, A.M.
Bakalova, A.
et al.
Citation: The Astrophysical Journal: an international review of astronomy and astronomical physics, 2020; 891(2):1-10
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0004-637X
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A. Aab ... Jose A. Bellido Caceres … Roger W. Clay … Bruce R. Dawson … Gary C Hill … Justin M. Thomas-Albury ... et al.
Abstract: We present measurements of the large-scale cosmic-ray (CR) anisotropies in R.A., using data collected by the surface detector array of the Pierre Auger Observatory over more than 14 yr. We determine the equatorial dipole component, ${{\boldsymbol{d}}}_{\perp }$, through a Fourier analysis in R.A. that includes weights for each event so as to account for the main detector-induced systematic effects. For the energies at which the trigger efficiency of the array is small, the "east–west" method is employed. Besides using the data from the array with detectors separated by 1500 m, we also include data from the smaller but denser subarray of detectors with 750 m separation, which allows us to extend the analysis down to ~0.03 EeV. The most significant equatorial dipole amplitude obtained is that in the cumulative bin above 8 EeV, d 6.0+0.9 1.0%, which is inconsistent with isotropy at the 6σ level. In the bins below 8 EeV, we obtain 99% CL upper bounds on d ⊥ at the level of 1%–3%. At energies below 1 EeV, even though the amplitudes are not significant, the phases determined in most of the bins are not far from the R.A. of the Galactic center, at α GC = −94°, suggesting a predominantly Galactic origin for anisotropies at these energies. The reconstructed dipole phases in the energy bins above 4 EeV point instead to R.A. that are almost opposite to the Galactic center one, indicative of an extragalactic CR origin.
Rights: © 2020. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/ab7236
Grant ID: MSMT CR LTT18004
CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16 013/0001402
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