Cosmic-ray proton and helium spectra: results from the Jacee experiment
Measurements of the cosmic-ray hydrogen and helium spectra at energies from 20 to 800 TeV are presented. The experiments were performed on a series of twelve balloon flights, including several long duration Australia to South America and Antarctic circumpolar flights. No clear evidence is seen for a spectral break. Both the hydrogen and the helium spectra are consistent with power laws over the entire energy range, with integral spectral indices 1.80 ± 0.04 and 1.68-0.06+0.04 for the protons and helium, respectively. The results are fully consistent with expectations based on supernova shock acceleration coupled with a "leaky box" model of propagation through the Galaxy. © 1998. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.