The hybrid design of the Pierre Auger Observatory allows for the measurement of the properties of extensive air showers initiated by ultra-high energy cosmic rays with unprecedented precision. By using an array of prototype underground muon detectors, we have performed the first direct measurement, by the Auger Collaboration, of the muon content of air showers between 2 × 1017 and 2 × 1018 eV. We have studied the energy evolution of the attenuationcorrected muon density, and compared it to predictions from air shower simulations. The observed densities are found to be larger than those predicted by models. We quantify this discrepancy by combining the measurements from the muon detector with those from the Auger fluorescence detector at 1017.5 eV and 1018 eV. We find that, for the models to explain the data, an increase in the muon density of 38% ±4%(12%) ±21% 18% for EPOS- LHC, and of 50%(53%) ±4%(13%) ±23% 20% for QGSJetII- 04, is respectively needed

Direct measurement of the muonic content of extensive air showers between $$mathbf { 2 imes 10^{17}}$$ and $$mathbf {2 imes 10^{18}}~$$eV at the Pierre Auger Observatory

Barbato, F.;Condorelli, A.;De Mitri, I.;
2020

Abstract

The hybrid design of the Pierre Auger Observatory allows for the measurement of the properties of extensive air showers initiated by ultra-high energy cosmic rays with unprecedented precision. By using an array of prototype underground muon detectors, we have performed the first direct measurement, by the Auger Collaboration, of the muon content of air showers between 2 × 1017 and 2 × 1018 eV. We have studied the energy evolution of the attenuationcorrected muon density, and compared it to predictions from air shower simulations. The observed densities are found to be larger than those predicted by models. We quantify this discrepancy by combining the measurements from the muon detector with those from the Auger fluorescence detector at 1017.5 eV and 1018 eV. We find that, for the models to explain the data, an increase in the muon density of 38% ±4%(12%) ±21% 18% for EPOS- LHC, and of 50%(53%) ±4%(13%) ±23% 20% for QGSJetII- 04, is respectively needed
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