Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays from compact sources

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The clustering of ultrahigh energy (above 1020 eV) cosmic rays (UHECR) suggests that they might be emitted by compact sources. The statistical analysis of Dubovsky et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 1154 (2000)] estimated the source density. We extend their analysis to give also the confidence intervals for the source density using (a) no assumptions on the relationship between clustered and unclustered events, (b) nontrivial distributions for the source luminosities and energies, and (c) the energy dependence of the propagation. We also determine the probability that a proton created at a distance r with energy E arrives at Earth above a threshold Ec. Using this function one can determine the observed spectrum just by one numerical integration for any injection spectrum. The observed 14 UHECR events above 1020 eV with one doublet give, for the source densities, 180-165+2730×10-3 Mpc-3 (on the 68% confidence level). We present detailed results for future experiments with larger UHECR statistics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023002
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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