Astrophysical interpretation of Pierre Auger Observatory measurements of the UHECR energy spectrum and mass composition
1 INFN and Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
2 Observatorio Pierre Auger, Av. San Martín Norte 304, 5613 Malargüe, Argentina
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b Now at Service de Physique Théorique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
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Published online: 23 March 2017
We present a combined fit of a simple astrophysical model of UHECR sources to both the energy spectrum and mass composition data measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory. The fit has been performed for energies above 5 EeV, i.e. the region of the all-particle spectrum above the so-called “ankle”’ feature. The astrophysical model we adopted consists of identical sources uniformly distributed in a comoving volume, where nuclei are accelerated with a rigidity-dependent mechanism. The fit results suggest sources characterized by relatively low maximum injection energies and hard spectral indices. The impact of various systematic uncertainties on the above result is discussed.
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