Cosmic Ray International Seminar 2015

Europe/Rome
Castello Angioino, Gallipoli, ITALY

Castello Angioino, Gallipoli, ITALY

Antonio Insolia (CT) , Daniele Martello (LE)
Description
"The status and the future of the UHE Cosmic Ray Physics in the post LHC era"

CRIS is a well established series of topical conferences held every two years. 
Initially devoted to the study of relativistic heavy ion collisions, since  the fifth edition (2004) the CRIS Conferences have focused the problem of  UHECRs in the region of  the GZK cutoff.  
Recent experimental data published by the Pierre Auger and Telescope Array Collaborations and their interpretation with the leading LHC-tuned shower models have stressed beyond any doubt the complexity of the field proving that obtaining more information on the composition of the cosmic rays will be crucial. Moreover, the interpretation of the UHECR cannot ignore the results at lower energy and the measurements done with other messengers like neutrinos and photons.
 
CRIS 2015, following the experience of the previous editions, aims  to present overviews of existing data of UHECRs and reports from the main experiments currently taking data. At the same time overviews of theoretical models, with different hypotheses on the origin, on predictions for expected neutrino fluxes and related questions of interest in Cosmology will be presented. 
Furthermore, the progress in cosmic ray physics from detectors in space and on the ground is expected to play a major role in the scientific program of CRIS 2015. 

Paper
Participants
  • Alfredo Vega
  • Andrea Chiavassa
  • Annarita Margiotta
  • Antonio De Benedittis
  • Antonio Insolia
  • Antonio Surdo
  • Armando di Matteo
  • Aurelio Grillo
  • Barbara De Lotto
  • benedetto giacobbe
  • Brian Humensky
  • Bruna Bertucci
  • Carla Bleve
  • Carmelo Sgro'
  • Ciro Bigongiari
  • Claudio Di Giulio
  • codino codino
  • Daniele De Gruttola
  • Daniele Fargion
  • Daniele Martello
  • Francesco Cafagna
  • Francesco Loparco
  • Frank Schröder
  • Gabriella CATALDI
  • Gennadii Volkov
  • Giovanni Ambrosi
  • Giovanni Marsella
  • Giuseppe Di Sciascio
  • Hiroyuki Sagawa
  • IOANNIS GKIALAS
  • Ivan De Mitri
  • Lorenzo Cazon
  • Lorenzo Perrone
  • Marco Pallavicini
  • Maria Paola Panetta
  • Maria Rita Coluccia
  • Massimo Bongi
  • Michael Unger
  • ming xu
  • Paolo Bernardini
  • Paolo Ciafaloni
  • Paolo Lipari
  • Paolo Montini
  • Ralf Ulrich
  • Roberto Aloisio
  • Rossella Caruso
  • Stephane Coutu
  • Teresa Montaruli
  • Thomas Gaisser
  • Tristano Di Girolamo
  • Vasily Prosin
  • Vincenzo Branchina
  • Viviana Scherini
  • Wayne Springer
  • William Hanlon
    • Registration
    • Welcome
    • Cosmic Ray and Astrophysical Neutrino Detection
      Convener: Daniele Martello (LE)
      • 1
        Results from the PAMELA Experiment after nine years of cosmic ray investigation.
        PAMELA is taking date in Space since nine years, heralding a new era in precision cosmic ray physics. The measurements of both particle and antiparticle components of cosmic rays, is providing interesting information concerning the origin and propagation of both galactic and solar cosmic rays. The measured antiparticle component shows features that can be interpreted in terms of dark matter annihilation or pulsar contribution. The precise measurements of the energy spectra of protons, helium and light nuclei, electrons, as well as of their arrival distribution challenges our basic vision of the mechanisms of production, acceleration and propagation of cosmic rays. Moreover, PAMELA measurements of the energy spectra during solar energetic particle events, fills the existing energy gap between the highest energy particles measured in space and the ground-based domain. Furthermore, providing pitch angle measurements, it allows the study of the effects of particle transport within interplanetary space over a broad range in energy. Besides, by sampling the particle radiation in different regions of the magnetosphere, PAMELA data provide a detailed study of the Earth's magnetosphere. This contribution reviews the most recent scientific results obtained by the PAMELA experiment.
        Speaker: Francesco Saverio Cafagna (BA)
        Slides
      • 2
        Study of charged cosmic rays with the Fermi Large Area Telescope
        The Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) is a space-based observatory conceived to study high-energy gamma rays, but also capable to detect charged cosmic-ray electrons and positrons.It is operating in low Earth orbit since June 2008 and thanks to its large acceptance, has collected the largest high-energy cosmic-ray electron sample to date, with more than 10k events above 1 TeV. The new Pass 8 event-level analysis, recently released by the Fermi-LAT Collaboration, provides several improvements, from the instrument simulation to the reconstruction algorithms, and opens new opportunity for cosmic-ray studies. In this talk we describe the instrument capabilities as a cosmic-ray detector and review its previous results. Recent new measurements and future prospects will also be discussed.
        Speaker: Carmelo Sgro' (PI)
        Slides
      • 3
        Overview of AMS results
        The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment operates since May 2011 on board of the International Space Station to search for primordial anti-matter, to study the light anti-matter components in the Cosmic Rays (CR) and to perform a precision study of the CR composition and energy spectrum. More than 60 billion events have been collected by the instrument up to now thanks to its large acceptance and the long exposure time. In this contribution we will discuss the most recent results, reviewing the instrument design and performances as well as the data analysis procedures enabling their achievement
        Speaker: Prof. Bruna Bertucci (PG)
        Slides
      • 4
        Cosmic ray physics with ARGO—YBJ
        The ARGO—YBJ experiment has been in stable data taking for more than five years at the Yangbajing cosmic ray observatory (Tibet, P.R. China, 4300 m a.s.l.). The detector collected about 5X10^11 events in a wide energy range from few TeVs up to the PeV region. In this work we summarize the latest results in cosmic ray physics particularly focusing on the cosmic ray energy spectrum. The results of the measurement of the all—particle and proton plus helium energy spectra in the energy region between 10^12 - 10^16 eV are discussed. A precise measurement of the cosmic ray energy spectrum and composition in this energy region allows a better understanding of the origin of the knee and provides a powerful cross—check among different experimental techniques.
        Speaker: Paolo Montini (ROMA2)
        Slides
    • Coffee Break
    • Cosmic Ray and Astrophysical Neutrino Detection
      Convener: Lorenzo Perrone (LE)
      • 5
        Recent Results from the Telescope Array Project
        The Telescope Array Project (TA) is the largest cosmic ray observatory in the northern hemisphere and has entered its eighth year of data collection exploring astrophysical phenomena at the highest ends of the cosmic ray energy spectrum. New additions to TA have expanded its reach down to lower parts of the energy spectrum thus allowing it to probe over an unprecedented 4.5 decades of energy via hybrid detection techniques. Recent results suggestive of anisotropy in the arrival direction of cosmic rays will be presented as well updated measurements of the spectrum, primary source composition, and a new measurement of the inelastic proton-air cross section.
        Speaker: Dr William Hanlon (University of Utah, Department of Physics and Astronomy and High Energy Astrophysics Institute)
        Slides
      • 6
        Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics with IceCube
        In this contribution we summarize the selected highlights of IceCube in the domain of high-energy astrophysics and particle physics. We discuss the highest-energy neutrino detection and its interpretation after 4 years of data. The high energy non-atmospheric component is seen also in other analyses with smaller significance, for instance when using muon neutrinos coming from the Northern hemisphere. Flavor mixing is probed along cosmic distances in an analysis using also cascade neutrino events. The results on the search for neutrino sources will be presented including the results of a joint analysis with Pierre Auger and Telescope Array which is sensitive to correlations between highest energy neutrinos and UHECRs measured by the three experiments. Moreover, recent results on dark matter searches from the Sun will be discussed. Finally, the results on standard neutrino oscillations will be presented.
        Speaker: Prof. Teresa Montaruli (Geneve University)
        Slides
      • 7
        First results from coordinated data taking by the Extreme Energy Events experiment
        The Extreme Energy Events (EEE) Project is an experiment, managed by the Fermi Centre, for the study of extremely high-energy cosmic rays, which exploits the Multagap Resistive Plate Chamber (MRPC) technology. The excellent time resolution and good tracking capability of this detector allows us to study Extensive Air Showers with an array of telescopes distributed all over the Italian territory. Each telescope is installed in a High School, with the additional goal to introduce students to particle and astroparticle Physics. The EEE array is composed of 47 telescopes, each made of three MRPC planes, spanning more than 10 degrees in latitude and 11 in longitude, organized in clusters and single telescope stations. The status of the experiment and the results, obtained during two recent coordinated data taking periods, will be reported. The observation of Forbush decreases, coincidence events among different telescopes and the muon decay, using more than 5 billions tracks collected in the last few months, are of particular interest.
        Speaker: Daniele De Gruttola (NA)
        Slides
    • Lunch
    • Interplay between LHC and UHECR physics
      Convener: Ivan De Mitri (LE)
      • 8
        Ultra High energy Cosmic Rays Propagation and the Production of Secondary Cosmogenic Particles
        The main experimental evidences of UHECR will be reviewed with a particular emphasis on the propagation of these extremely energetic particles and the subsequent production of secondary cosmogenic neutrinos and gamma rays. The cross analysis of the observations of different messengers is of paramount importance in the study of UHECR, principally to determine the physical conditions associated to astrophysical sources. The final part of the talk will be devoted to the discussion of exotic (top-down) models for the origin of UHECR, models that recently have been reconsidered linking the physics of UHECR with cosmological observations.
        Speaker: Roberto Aloisio (GSSI)
        Slides
      • 9
        Hadronic physics with the Pierre Auger Observatory
        Extensive air showers are the result of billions of particle reactions initiated by single cosmic rays at ultra-high energy. Their characteristics are sensitive both to the mass of the primary cosmic ray and to the details of hadronic interactions, including energies and kinematic regions beyond those tested by human-made accelerators. We report on how the Pierre Auger Observatory is able to measure the proton-air cross section for particle production at a center-of-mass energy per nucleon of 39 TeV and 56 TeV and also to constrain the new LHC-tuned hadronic interaction models by measuring the muon content and muon production depth of air showers with a primary center-of-mass energy per nucleon around and above 140 TeV.
        Speaker: Lorenzo Cazon (LIP)
        Slides
      • 10
        Universality (and its limitations) in cosmic ray shower development
        In this talk we review the concept of "universality" in the development of very high energy cosmic rays showers. The main result is that the distributions of photons and electrons in a shower have shapes that are essentially determined by the the stage of shower development (the shower age) independently from the energy and identity of the primary particle. The implications of this result for the interpretation of the observations will be discussed.
        Speaker: Paolo Lipari (ROMA1)
        Slides
    • Coffee Break
    • New Technologies and Next generation of Experiments
      Convener: Antonio Surdo (LE)
      • 11
        Telescope Array Extension
        The Telescope Array (TA) has an array of surface detectors (SD) 700 km^2 in area and three fluorescence telescope stations (FD) to explore the origin of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. We found evidence for the hotspot of arrival directions of the highest-energy cosmic rays above 5.7x10^19 eV, of which size is about 20 degrees in radius. To confirm what the origin of the hotspot is, we proposed to quadruple the TA. This proposal is called TAx4. From 10^15.6 eV to 10^18 eV, we expect the transition from galactic cosmic rays to extra-galactic cosmic rays. We constructed the TALE (TA Low-Energy extension) FD fully and the TALE SD partially. Since we found two breaks at 10^16.3 eV and 10^17.3 eV with the TALE FD, we proposed to construct remaining TALE SD to improve the resolution of the shower maximum depth measured with the TALE FD for composition identification. This proposal is called the TALE SD. In the spring of this year, both TAx4 SD and TALE SD were approved by a Japanese funding agency. Here we present the status of these projects.
        Speaker: Dr Hiroyuki Sagawa (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, the University of Tokyo)
        Slides
      • 12
        The Pierre Auger Observatory Upgrade Program
        The Pierre Auger Observatory have been taking data since 2004 and with the complete set of detectors since 2008, with an efficiency above 95%, with very low downtime. Our accurancy in the results have had a deep impact on the area of ultra high energy cosmic rays and new questions and open challenges call for an upgrade of the Observatory. The planned detector upgrade is presented and the expected performance and improved physics sensitivity of the upgraded Auger Observatory are discussed.
        Speaker: Claudio Di Giulio (ROMA2)
        Slides
      • 13
        The DAMPE mission
        The DAMPE experiment (DArk Matter Particle Explorer) is one of the five satellite missions in the frame- work of the Strategic Pioneer Research Program in Space Science of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). DAMPE is a powerful space telescope which has as main scientific objective the identification of possible Dark Matter signatures thanks to the capability to detect electrons and photons in a wide range of energy from 5 GeV up to 10 TeV and with unprecedented energy resolution. Moreover, the DAMPE satellite will contribute to a better understanding of the origin and propagation mechanisms of high energy cosmic rays thanks to the measurement of the flux of nuclei up to 100 TeV. Hints in the sector of high energy gamma astronomy are also expected thanks to its excellent photon detection capability. The detector is currently undergoing the final integration and acceptance tests and being prepared for the launch scheduled in December 2015. The status of the detector and its performance as measured with beam test will be discussed.
        Speaker: Giovanni Ambrosi (PG)
        Slides
      • 14
        The High Energy cosmic-Radiation Detection (HERD) Facility onboard China's Future Space Station
        The High Energy cosmic-Radiation Detection (HERD) facility is one of several space astronomy payloads onboard China's Space Station, which is planned for operation starting around 2020. It is designed as a next generation space facility focused on indirect dark matter search, precise cosmic ray spectrum and composition measurements up to the knee energy, and high energy gamma-ray monitoring and survey. HERD is composed of a calorimeter (CALO) surrounded by microstrip silicon trackers (STKs) from five sides except the bottom. CALO is made of about 10^4 cubes of LYSO crystals, corresponding to 55 radiation lengths and 3 nuclear interaction lengths, respectively. Mont Carlo simulation shows that electrons and photons with a high energy resolution (∼ 1% for electrons and photons and 20% for nuclei) and a large effective geometry factor (> 3 m2sr for electrons and diffuse photons and > 2 m2sr for nuclei) can be achieved under this design. Moreover, R&D is under way for reading out the LYSO signals with optical fiber coupled to image intensified CCD and the prototype of 1/40 CALO for beam test at CERN.
        Speaker: Dr ming xu (Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences / ISDC, University of Geneva)
        Slides
    • Gamma Rays Detection
      Convener: Giovanni Marsella (LE)
      • 15
        Seven years of gamma-ray astrophysics with the Fermi LAT
        The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope was launched into Earth orbit in June 2008. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) is the main instrument onboard the Fermi satellite and is designed to be sensitive to gamma rays in the energy range from about 20 MeV up to more than 300 GeV. During its first seven years of operation, the LAT has provided an increasingly detailed portrait of the Universe's most extraordinary phenomena. In this talk some of the main results obtained by LAT in the field of gamma-ray astrophysics will be reviewed.
        Speaker: Francesco Loparco (BA)
        Slides
      • 16
        VERITAS and Cosmic Rays: An Update
        VERITAS is a ground-based array of four 12-meter telescopes near Tucson, Arizona and is one of the world's most sensitive detectors of very high energy (VHE, E > 100 GeV) gamma rays. VERITAS has a broad scientific reach that addresses direct studies of cosmic-ray accelerators, the propagation of cosmic rays, and direct measurements of cosmic-ray spectra. Recent results include deep studies of the Galactic supernova remnants Tycho, Cassiopeia A, and IC 443, the search for gamma-ray emission associated with astrophysical neutrinos detected by IceCube, and a new measurement of the spectrum of cosmic-ray electrons. In this presentation, we will summarize the current status of the VERITAS observatory and present these and other recent results from VERITAS.
        Speaker: Brian Humensky (Columbia University)
        Slides
      • 17
        MAGIC highlights
        The MAGIC system of two 17 m diameter Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov Telescopes has undergone a major upgrade during the last years and is now completing its tenth observations cycle. In this talk I will present the detector’s performance and a selection of scientific highlights.
        Speaker: Barbara De Lotto (UD)
        Slides
      • 18
        Results of the ARGO-YBJ experiment in detection of gamma rays
        The ARGO-YBJ air shower detector has been in stable data taking for five years at the YangBaJing Cosmic Ray Laboratory (Tibet, P.R. China, 4300m a.s.l.) with a duty cycle >86% and an energy threshold of a few hundreds of GeV. With the scaler mode technique, the minimum threshold of 1 GeV can be reached. In this talk a selection of results in gamma ray astronomy will be presented, including those from the study of the diffuse emission from the Galactic plane.
        Speaker: Dr Tristano Di Girolamo (Università "Federico II" and INFN, Napoli)
        Slides
      • 19
        The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory
        HAWC is a continuously operated, wide field of view detector comprised of three hundred 200,000 liter water Cherenkov detectors, each instrumented with four photomultipliers providing charge and timing information. HAWC covers approximately ~22,000 m2 at an altitude of 4100m and reliably estimates the energy and arrival direction of gamma and cosmic rays with significant sensitivity over energies from several hundred GeV to several hundred TeV. With an instantaneous field of view of 2 steradians, HAWC observes 2/3 of the sky in 24 hours. HAWC has been optimized to study transient and steady emission from both galactic and extragalactic sources of gamma rays and serves as a survey instrument for multi-wavelength studies. HAWC has significant discovery potential, including the possibility of indirect detection of dark matter through the observation of gamma rays produced via dark-matter particle annihilation. Given the large number of cosmic-ray events observed, measurements of the cosmic ray flux are also performed. HAWC has been making observations since summer 2012 and officially commenced data-taking operations with the completed detector on March 20, 2015. A discussion of the detector design, science capabilities, current status, and first results will be presented.
        Speaker: Prof. Wayne Springer (University of Utah)
        Slides
    • Coffee Break
    • Interplay between LHC and UHECR physics
      Convener: Gabriella Cataldi (LE)
      • 20
        Recent Results from NA61/SHINE
        The interpretation of extensive air shower measurements, produced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays, relies on the correct modelling of the hadron-air interactions that occur during the shower development. The majority of hadronic particles is produced at equivalent beam energies below the TeV range. NA61/SHINE is a fixed target experiment using secondary beams produced at CERN using the SPS. Hadron-hadron interactions have been recorded at beam momenta between 13 and 350 GeV/c with a wide-acceptance spectrometer. In this talk we present measurements of the identified secondary hadron spectra and the resonance production from pion-carbon interactions, which are essential for modelling air showers. Moreover, we will show results from p+C and p+p interactions.
        Speaker: Dr Michael Unger (NYU&KIT)
        Slides
      • 21
        LHCf experiment: physics results
        LHCf is an experiment designed to study the very-forward emission of neutral particles produced in proton-proton and proton-nucleus collisions at the LHC. The detectors consists of a pair of electromagnetic sampling calorimeters installed on both sides of the ATLAS interaction point IP1 at a distance of 140 m, covering the pseudorapidity range from 8.6 to infinity. The experiment has successfully measured the energy spectra of gamma rays, neutral pions and neutrons in p-p collisions at 0.9 TeV and 7 TeV, and of neutral pions in p-Pb collisions at 5.02 TeV and in p-p collisions at 2.76 TeV. The most recent data set has been acquired during a special physics run of p-p collisions at 13 TeV in June 2015 after the restart of the LHC. This set of measurements represent an useful contribution to the calibration and tuning of the hadronic interaction models used for the simulation of atmospheric showers induced by very-high energy cosmic rays, as the measured energy interval corresponds to the range 10^14 - 10^17 eV in the laboratory frame.
        Speaker: Massimo Bongi (FI)
        Slides
      • 22
        Results and perspectives of forward physics in ATLAS
        A review of the results of the ATLAS forward physics program will be given. This includes a complete set of proton-proton cross section measurements at $\sqrt{s} = 7 TeV$, diffractive physics studies using rapidity gaps, forward jet production and energy flow as a function of pseudorapidity. The ATLAS future perspectives will also be discussed, focused on the phase 1 upgrade project AFP, underlying its complementarity with the existing ALFA detector in terms of acceptance for diffractive processes, and its potential for a wide forward physics program both at low and high luminosity.
        Speaker: Benedetto Giacobbe (BO)
        Slides
      • 23
        Stability of the electoroweak vacuum (Universe) and Cosmic Rays
        The analysis of the stability condition of the electroweak vacuum (and then of our Universe as a whole) is of the greatest importance for our understanding of physics beyond the Standard Model. The possibility that cosmic rays could destabilize the present state of our Universe, and that the cosmic ray induced vacuum decay could be faster than the spontaneous decay has been investigated in the past. It has been recently shown that, contrary to previous expectations, new physics that live at very high energy scales can have a great impact on the stability condition of the Universe. The role of cosmic rays on the stability issue will be considered in the light of these recent results.
        Speaker: Vincenzo Branchina (CT)
        Slides
    • Lunch
    • Cosmic Ray and Astrophysical Neutrino Detection
      Convener: Paolo Bernardini (LE)
      • 24
        Highlights from the Pierre Auger Observatory
        With an accumulated exposure of over 50,000 km^2 sr yr, the Auger Observatory has the largest statistical sample of ultra-high energy cosmic rays. We will present highlights of recent results from Auger, including details of the energy spectrum, sensitivity to primary composition, searches for anisotropies and candidate sources, and searches for neutral cosmic messengers. Explorations of hadronic interaction physics with Auger, as well as upgrade plans for the Observatory will be alluded to, but will be featured in more detail in companion presentations.
        Speaker: Prof. Stephane Coutu (Penn State University)
        Slides
      • 25
        Primary spectrum and composition with IceCube/IceTop
        IceCube, with its surface array IceTop, detects three different components of extensive air showers: the total signal at the surface, GeV muons in the periphery of the showers and TeV muons in the deep array of IceCube. The spectrum is measured with high resolution from the knee to the ankle with IceTop. Composition and spectrum are extracted from events seen in coincidence by the surface array and the deep array of IceCube. The muon lateral distribution at the surface is obtained from the data and used to provide a measurement of the muon density at 600 meters from the shower core up to 30 PeV. Results will be compared to measurements from other experiments to obtain an overview of the spectrum and composition over an extended range of energy. Consistency of the surface muon measurements with hadronic interaction models and with measurements at higher energy will be discussed.
        Speaker: thomas gaisser (University of Delaware)
        Slides
      • 26
        Summary of the KASCADE-Grande experiment results
        The KASCADE-Grande experiment operated since 2003 to 2012 measuring cosmic rays in the 10^16-10^18 eV energy range. In this talk I will show and discuss the main results obtained in the study of the primary spectrum (that cannot be described by a single power law in this energy range), chemical composition (a steepening of the haevy component spectrum and a hardening of the light one have been detected) and large scale anistropies. I will also show the more recent analysis performed on the muonic EAS component and on the search for gamma rays geneerated events. We will show that the spectral features detected in the primary spectrum do not depend on the hadronic interaction models used in the EAS simulations to calibrate the experiment.
        Speaker: Andrea Chiavassa (Universita` degli Studi di Torino)
        Slides
      • 27
        Results and Perspectives of the Tunka Experiments for Cosmic Ray Study.
        The experimental data of Tunka-133 obtained during 5 years of observation and preliminary data from the Tunka-HiSCORE prototype array with its first 9 stations allowed a study of primary cosmic rays in the wide energy range 3x10^14 – 10^18 eV. Reconstruction of the depth-of-shower maximum Xmax by an analysis of the Cherenkov light lateral distribution and the pulse width provides a reliable estimation of the energy dependence of the mean logarithmic mass in the energy range 10^16 – 10^18 eV. Further mass composition analyses at the knee energy range will be based on the data of the new version of the Tunka-HiSCORE prototype, consisting of 28 stations. The mass composition analysis at the highest energies (10^17 – 10^18 eV) will be based on the comparison of the primary energy measured by the radio method with the flux of charged particles on ground. The high duty cycle of the common operation of the new scintillation array (Tunka-Grande) and the radio extension of the experiment (Tunka-Rex) will provide a high statistics of events.
        Speaker: Prof. Vasily Prosin (Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University)
        Slides
    • Coffee Break
    • Social Event

      Guided tour to the city of Lecce and Social Dinner

    • New Technologies and Next generation of Experiments
      Convener: Antonio Insolia (CT)
      • 28
        Cosmic rays 2020: the INFN view
        The talk will outline the status and the medium / long term prospectivesof INFN Astroparticle and Fundamental Physics commission in the study of cosmic radiation, both with ground/sea based detectors and from space.
        Speaker: Marco Pallavicini (GE)
        Slides
      • 29
        The LHAASO project: from Gamma-Ray Astronomy to Cosmic Rays.
        Despite large progresses in building new detectors and in the analysis techniques, the key questions concerning the origin, acceleration and propagation of Galactic Cosmic Rays are still open. A number of new extensive air showers arrays is in progress. The most ambitious and sensitive project between them is LHAASO, a new generation multi-component experiment to be installed at very high altitude in China (Daocheng, Sichuan province, 4400 m a.s.l.). The experiment will face the open problems through a combined study of photon- and charged particle-induced extensive air showers in the wide energy range 10$^{11}$ - 10$^{18}$ eV. In this talk the status of the experiment will be summarized, the science program presented and the outlook discussed in comparison with leading new projects.
        Speaker: Giuseppe Di Sciascio (ROMA2)
        Slides
      • 30
        The Cherenkov Telescope Array
        The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is planned to be the next generation ground based observatory for very high energy (VHE) gamma-ray astronomy. It will provide a full sky-coverage by featuring an array of imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes both in the northern and southern hemispheres. Sites close to Cerro Paranal (Chile) and on La Palma (Spain) have been recently chosen for final negotiations to host southern and northern array respectively.The southern array will be composed by telescopes of three different sizes to detect gamma rays with energies between 20 GeV and more than 100 TeV while the northern one will comprise only large and medium size telescopes with a significant sensitivity up to 50 TeV. Such arrangement as well as many technical improvements will provide an order of magnitude enhanced flux sensitivity and a substantially better angular and energy resolution compared tocurrent generation of Cherenkov telescope arrays.In this presentation I will provide an overview of the technical design and summarize the current status of the project before discussing CTA prospects for some key science topics like the origin of relativistic cosmic particles and the acceleration mechanisms in extreme environments such as neutron stars and black holes.
        Speaker: Ciro Bigongiari (TO)
        Slides
      • 31
        Present status and perspectives of the KM3NeT detector
        KM3NeT is a distributed research infrastructure comprising a network of deep-sea neutrino telescopes in the Mediterranean Sea. It will consist of building blocks of 115 vertical detection units anchored at the seabed, connected to shore. Each detection unit carries 18 optical modules equipped with 31 3” photomultipliers. Two configurations are defined to detect neutrinos in different ranges of energy. The ARCA setup will search for neutrinos from defined sources or sky regions with unprecedented resolution and for high-energy neutrino diffuse fluxes. Two building blocks with a total instrumented volume of 1 km3 will be installed at the KM3NeT-It site, at a depth of 3500 m, about 100 km offshore Capo Passero, Sicily. A third building block, with a compact distribution of the optical modules, will be deployed at the KM3NeT-Fr site (ORCA), 40 km offshore Toulon at a depth of 2500 m. It will study the neutrino mass-hierarchy problem and explore the low energy region of the spectrum. The status of the first phase of implementation of KM3NeT and a survey of the physics potentiality of the telescope will be described in the talk, with particular emphasis on the high energy studies.
        Speaker: Annarita Margiotta (BO)
        Slides
    • Coffee Break
    • New Technologies and Next generation of Experiments
      Convener: Claudio Di Giulio (ROMA2)
      • 32
        Radio Detection of Cosmic Ray Air Showers
        Radio measurements yield calorimetric information on the electromagnetic shower component around the clock. However, until recently it was not clear whether radio measurements can compete in accuracy with established night-time techniques like air-Cherenkov or fluorescence detection. Due to recent progress in the radio technique as well as in the understanding of the emission mechanisms, the performance of current radio experiments has significantly improved. Above 100 PeV, digital, state-of-the-art antenna arrays achieve a reconstruction accuracy for the energy similar to that of other techniques, and can provide an independent measurement of the absolute energy scale. Furthermore, radio measurements are sensitive to the mass-composition of the primary particles: First, the position of the shower maximum can be reconstructed from the radio signal. Second, in combination with muon detectors the measurement of the electromagnetic component provides complementary information on the primary mass. Since the radio footprint is huge for inclined showers, and the radio signal does not suffer absorption, future radio arrays either focus on inclined showers at the highest energy, or on ultra-high precision measurements with extremely dense arrays. This talk reviews the current status of radio experiments and simulations as well as future plans.
        Speaker: Dr Frank Schröder (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))
        Paper
        Slides
      • 33
        The JEM-EUSO mission status and pathfinder results
        The JEM-EUSO mission, on board of the International Space Station (ISS), has the primary objective of doing astrophysics detecting extreme energy cosmic rays (EECRs), above 3x10^19eV. This Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO), will be the first space mission to be devoted to the study of this energy range with the aim of extending the knowledge on sources, spectra and composition of cosmic rays in this energy range. The instrument has been designed to detect the UV photons emitted in the shower produced by the EECR interaction with the atmosphere and reconstruct its arrival direction and energy. To validate this technique, three pathfinders and one precursor has been approved. EUSO-Balloon, flew on board of a stratospheric balloon, in collaboration with the French Space Agency CNES. EUSO-TA, is taking data on ground at the Telescope Array experiment site in Utah, US. Mini-EUSO, approved by the Russian Space Agency, will be installed in the ISS. K-EUSO, a modification of the KLYPVE experiment, will be attached at the Russian module of the ISS. The tatus of the mission and precursors will be reviewed and details will be given on the EUSO-BALLOON and EUSO-TA results.
        Speaker: Francesco Saverio Cafagna (BA)
        Slides
      • 34
        Tau Now
        PeV neutrino has been found in ICECUBE. The mixing along galactic distance guarantee the presence of PeV Tau neutrinos among astrophysical signals, whose direct detection is subject of deep research since a decade at different UHECR experiments , mostly at EeV energies; these UHE tau neutrino while skimming the Earth (Horizontal Tau airshowers) may shower upward to the sky. The EeV tau neutrino are a guaranteed signal if UHECR are nucleons: But if they are mostly nuclei the expected signals is at PeVs. Therefore, kwowing their angular distribution and rate, we propose here a novel detection signature that has not been yet considered. The signal, may be already recorded in AUGER and TA records.
        Speaker: Prof. Daniele Fargion (ROMA1)
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    • Lunch
    • Cosmic Ray: Theoretical Implication
      Convener: Carla Bleve (LE)
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        The energy interval above the ankle where the cosmic radiation consists only of ultraheavy nuclei from Zinc to the actinides
        According to recent measurements the tendency of the chemical composition above the ankle is characterized by increasing fractions of intermediate and heavy nuclei and a dominance of light nuclei around the ankle featured by a minimum of the log(A) profile. Calculations of the chemical composition in the range 3.5x10**18-5x10**19 eV according to new principles are reported and compared with the experimental data. The calculation outcomes explain both the rising tendency and the minimum of log(A). The estimate is prolonged to the adjacent interval 5x10**19-10**21 eV using the same theoretical background and some features of the cosmic-ray spectrum at the maximum observed energies. It results that above the energy of 6.7x10**20 eV the cosmic radiation consists only of nuclei heavier than Zinc with a rate of (1-5)x10**-34 particles/m2 s sr GeV. The support of the data on this last estimate is debated.
        Speaker: antonio codino (university of Perugia and INFN)
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        Surprises from extra galactic propagation of UHECRs
        Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays experimental data are now of very good statistical significance even in the region of the expected GZK feature. The identification of their sources requires sophisticate analysis of their propagation in the extra galactic space. When looking at the details of this propagation some unforeseen features emerge. I will discuss some of these "surprises".
        Speakers: Dr Armando Di Matteo (INFN L'Aquila) , Dr Aurelio Grillo (LNGS INFN)
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        Ultra-high energy cosmic ray physics in the post-LHC era
        With the LHC basically reaching its design beam energy the measurements most relevant for the cosmic ray community are becoming available. First data do not indicate major difficulties within the existing interaction models. An eventual new generation of updated models to describe LHC data at 13TeV will further lower the model discrepancies at ultra-high energies. The cosmic ray community has to face two facts: firstly, there will be no further accelerator data at higher center-of-mass energies over a long time scale, secondly, there are still significant uncertainties in the modelling of air-showers originating from phase-space regions so far not explored sufficiently. There should be made all possible efforts to address the latter point with dedicated forward-data from LHC, with fixed target experiments at LHC, and with light-nuclei collisions in the LHC.
        Speaker: Ralf Ulrich (KIT)
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