A combined cosmic ray muon spectrometer and high energy air shower array

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Cosmic rays have been detected at energies in excess of 10/sup 20/ eV, and individual sources have been conclusively identified as intense emitters of gamma rays at energies up to 10/sup 16/ eV. There is clearly a great deal of exciting astrophysics to be learned from such studies, but it has been suggested that there may be particle physics to be learned from the cosmic beam as well. Based in particular on the reports of surprisingly high fluxes of underground muons from the direction of Cygnus X-3 modulated by the known orbital period, there have been several suggestions recently invoking ... continued below

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Cherry, M.L.; Ayres, D.S. & Halzen, F. January 1, 1986.

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Cosmic rays have been detected at energies in excess of 10/sup 20/ eV, and individual sources have been conclusively identified as intense emitters of gamma rays at energies up to 10/sup 16/ eV. There is clearly a great deal of exciting astrophysics to be learned from such studies, but it has been suggested that there may be particle physics to be learned from the cosmic beam as well. Based in particular on the reports of surprisingly high fluxes of underground muons from the direction of Cygnus X-3 modulated by the known orbital period, there have been several suggestions recently invoking stable supersymmetric particles produced at Cygnus X-3, enhanced muon production from high energy photons, quark matter, and ''cygnets.'' Although the underground muon results have been questioned, it may still be worthwhile to consider the possibility of new physics beyond the standard model with energy scale (G/sub F/)/sup -1/2/ greater than or equal to 0.25 TeV. For example, there have been recent discussions on the experimental signatures to be observed from new high energy photon couplings to matter, exchanges between constituent quarks and leptons, and stable gluinos and photinos mixed in with the cosmic gamma ray flux. We describe here a possible detector to search for such effects. We utilize the possibility that point sources like Cygnus X-3 can be used to provide a directional time-modulated ''tagged'' high energy photon beam.

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  • Summer study on the physics of the superconducting super collider, Snowmass, CO, USA, 23 Jun 1986

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  • Other: DE88003057
  • Report No.: ANL-HEP-CP-86-139
  • Report No.: CONF-8606215-46
  • Grant Number: W-31109-ENG-38
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5619344
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1092218

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Cherry, M.L.; Ayres, D.S. & Halzen, F. A combined cosmic ray muon spectrometer and high energy air shower array, article, January 1, 1986; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1092218/: accessed July 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.