Evidence from Voyager and ISEE-3 spacecraft. Data for the decay of secondary K-electron capture isotopes during the propagation of cosmic rays in the Galaxy
New data from the cosmic ray experiment on the Voyager spacecraft confirms and extends earlier data from a similar experiment on the ISEE-3 spacecraft which indicates the possibility of the decay of certain K-capture isotopes during the interstellar propagation of galactic cosmic rays. These cosmic ray measurements, along with the cross section measurements, indicate that ~ 25% of the K-capture isotopes (51Cr and (49V produced as secondaries have decayed at interstellar energy of ~ 400 MeV/nuc. This suggests a possible interstellar energy gain ~ 100 MeV/nuc out of the current interstellar energy ~ 500 MeV/nuc. This measurement suggests that the study of the K-capture isotopes may now have reached a level that will soon provide definitive information on the amount of re-acceleration that may occur during cosmic-ray propagation after an initial acceleration in the cosmic ray sources.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- August 1998
- ISM: COSMIC RAYS