Visualization of the extensive air shower and estimation of its parameters

Jan Malinowski, Anna Śmiałkowska

Abstract


In the process of cosmic ray penetrating the Earth's atmosphere new particles forming a cascade called the extensive air shower (EAS) are produced. The objective of our paper is to estimate chosen parameters and detailed visualization of the EAS based on the data received from simulations of physical processes describing this phenomenon. The simulation of the EAS is conducted using the CORSICA program. The tool presented in this paper allows estimating the altitude in the atmosphere where the EAS has the greatest number of particles, X__max, as well as the curvature radius of the produced particles on the front of the EAS, R__front. The estimated parameters serve as a basis for further physical analysis and the visualization can serve for physicists as a tool for presentation and popularization of the described phenomena. The presented paper has an interdisciplinary character combining physics with IT. The program developed here is a tool for research in physics, in this case for the analysis of cosmic ray.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/ai.2010.10.1.87-92
Data publikacji: 2010-01-01 00:00:00
Data złożenia artykułu: 2016-04-27 16:08:12

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