Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays: The state of the art before the Auger Observatory

  title={Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays: The state of the art before the Auger Observatory},
  author={Luis. Anchordoqui and Thomas Cantzon Paul and Steve Reucroft and John D. Swain},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology},
In this review we discuss the important progress made in recent years towards understanding the experimental data on cosmic rays with energies $\agt 10^{19}$ eV. We begin with a brief survey of the available data, including a description of the energy spectrum, mass composition, and arrival directions. At this point we also give a short overview of experimental techniques. After that, we introduce the fundamentals of acceleration and propagation in order to discuss the conjectured nearby cosmic… Expand
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