Interpretation of the depths of maximum of extensive air showers measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory
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Interpretation of the depths of maximum of extensive air showers measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory

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The Pierre Auger Collaboration; Arqueros Martínez, Fernando; Gascón Bravo, Alberto; Minaya Flores, Ignacio Andrés; Pastor Carpi, Sergio; Rosado Vélez, Jaime; Vázquez Peñas, José Ramón; Zamorano García, Bruno
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To interpret the mean depth of cosmic ray air shower maximum and its dispersion, we parametrize those two observables as functions of the first two moments of the ln A distribution. We examine the goodness of this simple method through simulations of test mass distributions. The application of the parameterization to Pierre Auger Observatory data allows one to study the energy dependence of the mean ln A and of its variance under the assumption of selected hadronic interaction models. We discuss possible implications of these dependences in term of interaction models and astrophysical cosmic ray sources.

    Pastor Carpi, Sergio Arqueros Martinez, Fernando Gascón Bravo, Alberto Minaya Flores, Ignacio Andrés Rosado Velez, Jaime Vázquez Peñas, José Ramón Zamorano García, Bruno 2013 Interpretation of the depths of maximum of extensive air showers measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory Journal Of Cosmology And Astroparticle Physics 1302 02 026-1 026-19
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1475-7516/2013/02/026
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