Radio measurements of very high energy cosmic rays from our galaxy
Cosmic rays are the most energetic particles in our universe. Their energy drastically exceeds the range of human-made particle accelerators. We know little about their origin. Therefore, we need large and accurate detector arrays to measure these rare cosmic rays when they appear in the atmosphere. The EU-funded PeV-Radio project is developing a highly sensitive radio array to be deployed at the South Pole for this purpose. This array will also make the ambitious effort to search for the highest-energy photons ever detected. These may reveal the source of the most energetic Galactic cosmic rays, such as the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Milky Way, which is constantly in the field of view of the new radio array.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringinformation engineeringtelecommunicationsradio technologyradio frequency
- natural sciencesphysical sciencestheoretical physicsparticle physicsneutrinos
- natural sciencesphysical sciencestheoretical physicsparticle physicsphotons
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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