Jul 12 – 23, 2021
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Density of GeV Muons Measured with IceTop

Jul 14, 2021, 6:00 PM
1h 30m


Talk CRI | Cosmic Ray Indirect Discussion


Dennis Soldin (University of Delaware)


We present a measurement of the density of GeV muons in near-vertical air showers using three years of data recorded by the IceTop array at the South Pole. We derive the muon densities as functions of energy at reference distances of 600 m and 800 m for primary energies between 2.5 PeV and 40 PeV and between 9 PeV and 120 PeV, respectively. The measurements are consistent with the predicted muon densities obtained from Sibyll 2.1 assuming any physically reasonable cosmic ray flux model. However, comparison to the post-LHC models QGSJet-II.04 and EPOS-LHC shows that the post-LHC predict a higher muon density than Sibyll 2.1. Therefore, based on these models, the measured data yield lower average masses which are in tension with flux models obtained by fitting experimental data.

Collaboration IceCube
Subcategory Experimental Results

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