Anisotropy of TeV Cosmic Rays and Outer Heliospheric Boundaries

Type Journal Article
Names P. Desiati, A. Lazarian
Publication The Astrophysical Journal
Volume 762
Pages 44
Journal Abbreviation The Astrophysical Journal
Date January 1, 2013
DOI 10.1088/0004-637X/762/1/44;
ISSN 0004-637X
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Abstract Cosmic rays in the energy range from about tens of GeV to several hundreds of TeV are observed on Earth, with an energy-dependent anisotropy of order 0.01%-0.1% and a consistent topology that appears to significantly change at higher energy. The nearest and most recent galactic cosmic-ray sources might stochastically dominate the observation and possibly explain a change in orientation of the anisotropy as a function of energy. However, the diffusion approximation is not able to explain its non-dipolar structure and, in particular, the significant contribution of small angular scale features. Particle propagation within the mean free path in the local interstellar medium might have a major role in determining the properties of galactic cosmic rays, such as their arrival distribution. In particular, scattering on perturbations induced in the local interstellar magnetic field by the heliosphere wake may cause a re-distribution of anisotropic cosmic rays below about 100 TeV toward the direction of the elongated heliotail and of the local interstellar magnetic field in the outer heliosphere. Such scattering processes are considered responsible for the observed TeV cosmic-ray global anisotropy and its fine angular structure.
Tags COSMIC RAYS, Magnetic Fields, SCATTERING, Sun: heliosphere, turbulence
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