Measurement of Cosmic Ray Spectrum and Anisotropy with ARGO-YBJ
INFN, Sezione di Roma Tor Vergata, Viale della Ricerca Scientifica 1, Roma, Italy I-00133
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The combined measurement of the cosmic ray (CR) energy spectrum and anisotropy in their arrival direction distribution needs the knowledge of the elemental composition of the radiation to discriminate between different origin and propagation models. Important information on the CR mass composition can be obtained studying the EAS muon content through the measurement of the CR rate at different zenith angles.
In this paper we report on the observation of the anisotropy of galactic CRs at different angular scales with the ARGO-YBJ experiment. We report also on the study of the primary CR rate for different zenith angles. The light component (p+He) has been selected and its energy spectrum measured in the energy range (5 – 200) TeV for quasi-vertical events. With this analysis for the first time a ground-based measurement of the CR spectrum overlaps data obtained with direct methods for more than one energy decade, thus providing a solid anchorage to the CR spectrum measurements carried out by EAS arrays in the knee region.
Finally, a preliminary study of the non-attenuated shower component at a zenith angle θ > 70° (through the observation of the so-called horizantal air showers) is presented.
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