Galactic Propagation of Cosmic Rays Below 1014eV

  • J. L. Osborne
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Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 14)


This chapter is concerned with the question of whether the observed anisotropy and lifetime of cosmic rays can be reconciled with the hypothesis of galactic origin in discrete sources such as supernovae or supernova remnants. The propagation of the electron component of the cosmic ray flux is discussed in the article by Meyer. Here we consider the nuclear component only. In the energy region above 1014 eV the energy density of the cosmic rays and the pressure exerted by them are so low that they must have a negligible effect on the magnetic fields through which they propagate. At the lower energies considered here the mutual interaction between the particles and the field has to be taken into account.


Free Path Field Line Interstellar Medium Galactic Plane Supernova Remnant 
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  • J. L. Osborne
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of DurhamUK

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