Positron Abundance in Galactic Cosmic Rays

Abstract

On 2000 August 25 from Lynn Lake, Manitoba, we conducted a balloon flight of the LEE/AESOP (Low Energy Electrons/Anti-Electron Sub Orbital Payload) payload to measure the spectrum of cosmic-ray electrons (resolved into negatrons and positrons) from 500 MeV to 3 GeV. Analysis of the data from that flight reveals a significant decrease in the cosmic-ray positron abundance from a level that remained relatively stable throughout the decade of the 1990s. Errors on the new determination are comparatively large due to the low particle fluxes at solar maximum. Nevertheless, the magnitude of the effect is consistent with predictions based on the assumption that cosmic-ray modulation effects with 22 yr periodicity are related simply and directly to charge sign and large-scale structure of the magnetic field embedded in the solar wind. Subject headings: cosmic rays — solar wind

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@inproceedings{Evenson2002PositronAI, title={Positron Abundance in Galactic Cosmic Rays}, author={Paul A. Evenson}, year={2002} }