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Recent measurement of the Telescope Array energy spectrum and observation of the shoulder feature in the Northern Hemisphere

Jul 14, 2021, 12:00 PM
1h 30m


Talk CRI | Cosmic Ray Indirect Discussion


Dmitri Ivanov (University of Utah)


The Telescope Array (TA) is a hybrid cosmic ray detector deployed in 2007 in Millard County, Utah, USA, which consists of a surface detector of 507 plastic scintillation counters spanning a 700 km$^2$ area on the ground that is overlooked by three fluorescence detector stations. The High Resolution Fly's Eye (HiRes) experiment is a predecessor of TA, which consisted of two fluorescence detector stations operating from 1997 until 2006 from Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, USA, and which was the the first cosmic ray experiment with sufficient resolution and exposure to successfully observe the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin (GZK) suppression at 10$^{19.75}$ eV. In this work, we present an updated TA energy spectrum result and a joint fit of independent spectrum measurements by the TA surface detector, TA fluorescence detector, and HiRes fluorescence detector to a broken power law function, which exhibits the ankle, GZK suppression, and the new shoulder feature initially seen by the Pierre Auger Observatory in the Southern Hemisphere. HiRes and TA observe the shoulder feature in the Northern Hemisphere at 10$^{19.25}$ eV, with a statistical significance of 5.3 standard deviations.


cosmic rays; energy spectrum; UHECR; ultrahigh energy;surface detector;telescope array;TA;high resolution fly's eye;HiRes;fluorescence detector; surface detector;

Collaboration Telescope Array
Subcategory Experimental Results

Primary author

Dmitri Ivanov (University of Utah)


Prof. Douglas Bergman (University of Utah) Dr Greg Furlich Mr Ricardo Gonzalez (University of Utah) Prof. Gordon Thomson (University of Utah) Yoshiki Tsunesada (Osaka City University)

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