Cosmic rays measurements around the knee of the primary spectrum
Dipartimento di Fisica Università degli Studi di Torino and INFN, Via P. Giuria 1, 10125, Torino, Italy
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In this contribution I will summarize and discuss some recent results about the study of the knee of the cosmic rays energy spectrum, indicating that this spectral feature is originated by astrophysical processes. I will then discuss the current experimental efforts that are giving further insights. Latest all particle spectrum measurements have shown that, between 1016eV and 1018eV, the spectrum cannot be described by a single slope power law: an hardening around 1016eV and a steepeningaround 1017eV have been observed. This last feature has been attributed, by the KASCADE-Grande experiment, to the heavy primary component, confirming that the energy of the elemental spectra change of slope increase with the mass of the primary particle.
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