Astrophysical interpretation of Pierre Auger Observatory measurements of the UHECR energy spectrum and mass composition
We present a combined fit of a simple astrophysical model of UHECR sources to both the energy spectrum and mass composition data measured by the Pierre Auger Observatory. The fit has been performed for energies above 5 EeV, i.e. the region of the all-particle spectrum above the so-called "ankle"' feature. The astrophysical model we adopted consists of identical sources uniformly distributed in a comoving volume, where nuclei are accelerated with a rigidity-dependent mechanism. The fit results suggest sources characterized by relatively low maximum injection energies and hard spectral indices. The impact of various systematic uncertainties on the above result is discussed.
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EPJ Web of Conferences
Di Matteo, A., Aab, A., Abreu, P., Aglietta, M., Ahn, E., Al Samarai, I., Albuquerque, I., Allekotte, I., Allison, P., Almela, A., Alvarez Castillo, J., Alvarez-Muñiz, J., Ambrosio, M., Anastasi, G., Anchordoqui, L., Andrada, B., Andringa, S., Aramo, C., Arqueros, F., Arsene, N., Asorey, H., Assis, P., Aublin, J., Avila, G., Badescu, A., Balaceanu, A., Baus, C., Beatty, J., Becker, K., Bellido, J., Berat, C., Bertaina, M., & Bertou, X. (2017). Astrophysical interpretation of Pierre Auger Observatory measurements of the UHECR energy spectrum and mass composition. EPJ Web of Conferences, 136 https://doi.org/10.1051/epjconf/201713602002