Status of the CALET ultra heavy cosmic ray analysis

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Abstract

The CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on August 19, 2015, and has been returning science data since October 13, 2015. Through the main calorimeter (CAL), CALET observes the fluxes of high-energy electrons, gamma rays and nuclei. CALET measures the energy spectra of the more abundant cosmic-ray nuclei through 26Fe passing within the full CAL geometry, and utilizing an ultra-heavy cosmic-ray (UHCR) trigger, measures the relative abundances of the rare UHCR nuclei through 40Zr with an expanded geometric acceptance. Preliminary analysis of the 26Fe statistics from the first ∼ 13 months of CAL data passing the UHCR trigger have validated the preflight estimate that in a 5 year mission CALET will observe comparable UHCR statistics to those achieved in the first flight of the SuperTIGER balloon-borne UH experiment. The CALET UHCR measurements will complement those by SuperTIGER in a similar energy range without the need to correct for atmospheric interactions, as well as those at lower energy and with lower statistics by the space-based ACE-CRIS instrument. CALET is unique as an instrument sensitive to UHCR in having the dynamic range to measure from 1H to 40Zr. We present the status of the CALET UHCR analysis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of Science
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event35th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2017 - Bexco, Busan, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2017 Jul 102017 Jul 20

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