The Pierre Auger Collaboration has reported evidence for anisotropy in the dis- tribution of arrival directions of the cosmic rays with energies E > Eth = 5.5×10^19 eV. These show a correlation with the distribution of nearby extragalactic objects, including an appar- ent excess around the direction of Centaurus A. If the particles responsible for these excesses at E > Eth are heavy nuclei with charge Z, the proton component of the sources should lead to excesses in the same regions at energies E/Z. We here report the lack of anisotropies in these directions at energies above Eth/Z (for illustrative values of Z = 6, 13, 26). If the anisotropies above Eth are due to nuclei with charge Z, and under reasonable assumptions about the acceleration process, these observations imply stringent constraints on the allowed proton fraction at the lower energies.

Anisotropy and chemical composition of ultra-high energy cosmic rays using arrival directions measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory

I. De Mitri;
2011

Abstract

The Pierre Auger Collaboration has reported evidence for anisotropy in the dis- tribution of arrival directions of the cosmic rays with energies E > Eth = 5.5×10^19 eV. These show a correlation with the distribution of nearby extragalactic objects, including an appar- ent excess around the direction of Centaurus A. If the particles responsible for these excesses at E > Eth are heavy nuclei with charge Z, the proton component of the sources should lead to excesses in the same regions at energies E/Z. We here report the lack of anisotropies in these directions at energies above Eth/Z (for illustrative values of Z = 6, 13, 26). If the anisotropies above Eth are due to nuclei with charge Z, and under reasonable assumptions about the acceleration process, these observations imply stringent constraints on the allowed proton fraction at the lower energies.
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