Search for antimatter in cosmic rays using the Moon

Citation
L. Peruzzo et D. Bastieri, Search for antimatter in cosmic rays using the Moon, EARTH MOON, 85-6, 2001, pp. 351-362
Citations number
23
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
EARTH MOON AND PLANETS
ISSN journal
0167-9295 → ACNP
Volume
85-6
Year of publication
2001
Pages
351 - 362
Database
ISI
SICI code
0167-9295(2001)85-6:<351:SFAICR>2.0.ZU;2-0
Abstract
Search for antimatter, and in particular the measurement of the antiproton spectrum in cosmic rays is clearly of prominent importance not only for our understanding of the Universe, but also for testing models and theories in particle physics. In this report, a review of some satellite and ground-ba sed experiments on cosmic rays and of gamma-ray astronomy researches will b e presented. Special emphasis will be given to experiments that, in their a cquisition modes, use the couple Earth-Moon as a giant spectrometer, exploi ting the bending power of the Earth's magnetic field and Moon sheer mass as an effective absorber in order to give the ratio of antiproton/proton flux es in primary cosmic rays.