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Volume 14: Pages 171-176, 2001
Examining the Origin of Cosmic Rays: A New Conceptual Approach
C. L. Herzenberg
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A new conceptual approach for examining the origin of cosmic rays is developed by considering the characteristics of particle trajectory distributions in four‐dimensional Euclidean space‐time. Transformation of an isotropic distribution into a velocity distribution in ordinary three‐dimensional space results in a spatially isotropic flux of highly relativistic particles. This particle flux exhibits a power‐law energy spectrum that decreases with increasing energy approximately as E−2 and peaks at much lower energies.
Keywords: cosmic rays, cosmic radiation, cosmic ray origin, cosmic ray source, Euclidean space‐time
Received: August 20, 2001; Published online: December 15, 2008