CALET observation of nuclear components in primary cosmic rays

M. Ichimura, S. Kuramata, S. Torii, T. Tamura, K. Yoshida, K. Kasahara, J. Chang, H. Fuke, K. Hibino, T. Kashiwagi, Y. Katayose, H. Kitamura, T. Kobayashi, Y. Komori, F. Makino, K. Mizutani, H. Murakami, J. Nishimura, S. Okuno, Y. SaitoM. Shibata, M. Takayanagi, N. Tateyama, T. Terasawa, S. Tomida, Y. Uchihori, S. Ueno, T. Yamagami, T. Yuda

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Although CALET is originally designed for detections of electrons and gamma rays, nuclear components of primary cosmic rays, from protons to iron nucleus and more, are also observable by CALET, utilizing the total absorption calorimeter (TASC). TASC has 1.6 m.f.p. for protons which is enough to measure the energy of protons up to 1000 TeV. Using the observed spectra, the following items will be discussed: (1) the detailed structure of the spectrum, checking the change of the spectrum index and comparing indices of various components. More than 300 iron nuclei with the energy greater than 1 TeV/n will be observed. (2) secondary/primary ratio. Especially we can observe the both of B/C ratio and sub-Fe/Fe ratio. At the space station, the observation is free from the atmospheric contamination corrections. These observations are essential for the acceleration mechanisms and the propagation of cosmic rays.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2005 - Pune, India
Duration: 2005 Aug 32005 Aug 10


Conference29th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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