Measuring the cosmic ray mass composition with LOFAR

Buitink S, Corstanje A, Enriquez JE, Falcke H, Hörandel JR, Huege T, Nelles A, Rachen JP, Rossetto L, Schellart P, Scholten O, Ter Veen S, Thoudam S, Trinh TN (2015)

Publication Type: Conference contribution

Publication year: 2015


Publisher: Proceedings of Science (PoS)

Book Volume: 30-July-2015

Conference Proceedings Title: Proceedings of Science

Event location: The Hague, NLD


The LOFAR radio telescope measures the radio emission from air showers with unprecedented precision. In the dense core individual air showers are detected by hundreds of dipole antennas. The complicated radio pattern on the ground is accurately reproduced by modern radio simulation codes and contains information about the longitudinal shower development. With a hybrid reconstruction technique, we measure the depth of the shower maximum with an accuracy of less than 20 g/cm2. We will present the latest LOFAR results of cosmic-ray mass analysis in the energy regime of 1017 eV to 1018 eV. This range is of particular interest as it may harbor the transition from a Galactic to an extragalactic origin of cosmic rays.

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Buitink, S., Corstanje, A., Enriquez, J.E., Falcke, H., Hörandel, J.R., Huege, T.,... Trinh, T.N. (2015). Measuring the cosmic ray mass composition with LOFAR. In Proceedings of Science. The Hague, NLD: Proceedings of Science (PoS).


Buitink, S., et al. "Measuring the cosmic ray mass composition with LOFAR." Proceedings of the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2015, The Hague, NLD Proceedings of Science (PoS), 2015.

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