Emission of Radio Waves in Particle Showers

Validation of Microscopic Simulations with the SLAC T-510 Experiment and their Potential in the Future Square Kilometre Array

  • Anne┬áZilles

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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This thesis offers the first laboratory validation of microscopic simulations of radio emission from particle showers, including a detailed description of the simulation study. It presents a potential future avenue for resolving the mass composition of cosmic rays via radio detection of air showers. 

Particle showers are created from cascading interactions when high-energy particles collide with matter, e.g. with air in the case of cosmic radiation, or with a particle detector in the case of experiments at CERN. These showers can consist of billions of particles, mostly electrons, positrons and photons. They emit radio waves when the absorbing medium is in a magnetic field, and this radio emission can be used as a novel means of detecting and drawing inferences on the shower and the primary particle. The new method is currently being established in cosmic ray research, where large antenna arrays may soon replace or complement traditional particle detectors. 

In thi

s study, a complete microscopic simulation of a radio-emission experiment conducted at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Stanford/USA, is performed, and the underlying physical models are validated. The model is subsequently applied to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, which is a large interferometer for radio astronomy. It is demonstrated that the SKA, with some modifications, might also be used for cosmic ray research based on radio detection of high-energy particles from the cosmos.


Cosmic Rays Radio Emission from Showers Radio Detection of Air Showers Validation of Microscopic Simulation SKA as Cosmic-ray Detector Mass Composition of Cosmic Rays Simulating Radio Emission from Showers

Authors and affiliations

  • Anne┬áZilles
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Experimental Nuclear PhysicsKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63410-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63411-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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