Cosmic Ray Interaction Models: an Overview
1 Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS), 60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2 D.V. Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow, Russia
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Published online: 4 July 2016
I review the state-of-the-art concerning the treatment of high energy cosmic ray interactions in the atmosphere, discussing in some detail the underlying physical concepts and the possibilities to constrain the latter by current and future measurements at the Large Hadron Collider. The relation of basic characteristics of hadronic interactions tothe properties of nuclear-electromagnetic cascades induced by primary cosmic rays in the atmosphere is addressed.
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