High energy electron observation by polar patrol balloon flight in Antarctica

Shoji Torii, Tadahisa Tamura, Kenji Yoshida, Hisashi Kitamura, Takamasa Yamagami, Hiroyuki Murakami, Nobuhito Tateyama, Jun Nishimura, Yoshitaka Saito, Shigeo Ohta, Michiyoshi Namiki, Yukihiko Matsuzaka, Issei Iijima, Masaki Ejiri, Hisao Yamagishi, Akira Kadokura, Makio Shibata, Yusaku Katayose, Katsuaki Kasahara, Kohei MizutaniTadashi Kobayashi, Yoshiko Komori, Toshinori Yuda, Jin Chang

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We accomplished a balloon observation of the high-energy cosmic-ray electrons in 10-1000 GeV to reveal the origin and the acceleration mechanism. The observation was carried out for 13 days at an average altitude of 35km by the Polar Patrol Balloon (PPB) around Antarctica in January 2004. The detector is an imaging calorimeter composed of scintillating-fiber belts and plastic scintillation counters sandwiched between lead plates. The geometrical factor is about 600 cm 2sr, and the total thickness of lead absorber is 9 radiation lengths. The performance of the detector has been confirmed by a test flight at the Sanriku Balloon Center and by an accelerator beam test using the CERN-SPS (Super Proton Synchrotron at CERN). The new telemetry system using the Iridium satellite, the power system supplied by solar panels and the automatic flight level control operated successfully during the flight. We collected 5.7 × 10 3 events over 100 GeV, and selected the electron candidates by a preliminary data analysis of the shower images. We report here an outline of both detector and observation, and the first result of the electron energy spectrum over 100 GeV obtained by an electronic counter.

ジャーナルAdvances in Polar Upper Atmosphere Research
出版ステータスPublished - 2006 8月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 大気科学
  • 地表過程


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