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Anisotropy Studies of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays Using Monocular Data Collected by the High-Resolution Fly’s Eye (HiRes). 28 th International Cosmic Ray Conference, Tsukuba, Japan John Belz (University of Montana) for J. Bellido, B. Dawson, C. Jui, M. Kirn, B. Stokes

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Anisotropy Studies of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays Using Monocular Data Collected by the High-Resolution Fly’s Eye (HiRes)

28th International Cosmic Ray Conference,

Tsukuba, Japan

John Belz (University of Montana)

for J. Bellido, B. Dawson, C. Jui, M. Kirn, B. Stokes

and the HiRes Collaboration

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to be presented
To be presented:
  • Upper limits on pointlike sources (> 1018.5 eV)
  • Search for global dipole enhancement(> 1018.5 eV)
  • Clustering studies (> 1019.5 eV)

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pointlike source searches full sky
Pointlike Source Searches (Full Sky)
  • Consider E > 1018.5 eV monocular dataset.
  • Compare with “isotropic” time-shuffled datasets.
  • Use simulated sources to evaluate sensitivities.
  • Flux upper limits determined by integrating exposure-corrected events.

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interpreting variances
Interpreting Variances
  • Choose “search circle” and count bins with variance above some particular value.
  • Use artificial (pointlike MC) “sources” to tune circle size and variance cuts.
  • Seek 90% signal reconstruction with <10% false-positive probability.

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simulated 25 event source
Simulated 25-Event Source

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pointlike source flux upper limit
Pointlike Source Flux Upper Limit
  • With HiRes monocular dataset (1,525 events, E > 1018.5 eV), we rule out the existence of northern hemisphere pointlike sources of greater than 25 events at 90% confidence level.
  • < 0.33 events/km2 *Yr (90% c.l.)
  • < 1.1 x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (90% c.l.)

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pointlike source upper limit cygnus x 3
Pointlike Source Upper Limit (Cygnus X-3)
  • Cygnus X-3 chosen as a priori candidate:
    • G. Cassiday et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 62 383 (1989).
    • M. Lawrence et al., Phys. Rev Lett 63 1121 (1989).
    • M. Teshima et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 64 1628 (1990).
  • Use simulated sources to evaluate sensitivities.
  • Flux upper limits determined by integrating exposure-corrected events.

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HiRes Data w/

expected background:

w/ background + 2 source:

w/background + 4 source:

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flux upper limit cygnus x 3
Flux Upper Limit (Cygnus X-3)
  • 90% confidence level flux upper limit for pointlike source > 1018 eV (~3,700 events):
    • < 1.2 x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (4 events)
  • Compare previous results (E > 5x1017 eV):
    • (20 +- 6) x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (Fly’s Eye)
    • (18 +- 7) x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (Akeno)
    • < 4x10-18 events/cm2*sec (neutrons) (Haverah Park)
    • < 8x10-18 events/cm2*sec (gamma rays) (Haverah Park)

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global dipole searches
Global Dipole Searches
  • Galactic Center — possible effects observed by AGASA and Fly’s Eye
  • CEN-A — suggested as a potential source of a dipole effect (Farrar and Piran)
  • M87 — possible weak effects (Biermann)

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dipole source models
Dipole source models:
  • Arrival directions of cosmic rays possess a number density n=1+acosq (q is the angle w.r.t. dipole source).

galactic dipole model, a=1

galactic dipole model, a=-1

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dipole functions for an isotropic source model and hires i data
Dipole Functions for an Isotropic Source Model and HiRes-I Data

Isotropic source model

HiRes Data

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the galactic center a 0 005 0 055 90 confidence interval 0 085 0 0901
The Galactic Center:a=0.005+/-0.05590% Confidence Interval: [-0.085,0.090]

Centaurus A:a=-0.005+/-0.06590% Confidence Interval: [-0.090,0.085]

M87:a=-0.010+/-0.04590% Confidence Interval: [-0.080,0.070]

(HiRes-1 Monocular, 1525 events > 1018.5 eV)

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sensitivity to small scale clustering above 10 19 5 ev
Sensitivity to small-scale clustering above 1019.5 eV
  • “Autocorrelation” (opening angle distribution)

 Null Result

Simulated dataset with clustering

HiRes-I Autocorrelation Function

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but how sensitive is hires i
But how sensitive is HiRes-I?

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hires i autocorrelation results
HiRes-I Autocorrelation Results
  • HiRes-I-like experiment should be able to distinguish seven doublets from background 90% of the time.
  • Current data set (52 northern-hemisphere events above 1019.5 eV) contains < 4 doublets (90% c.l.)

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conclusions
Conclusions

HiRes-I Anisotropy searches have yielded null results:

  • Flux upper limit of 0.33 events/km2 *Yr (90% c.l.) on pointlike sources with E > 1018.5 eV in northern hemisphere
  • Flux upper limit of 1.2 x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (90% c.l.) on pointlike sources with E > 1018 eV centered at Cygnus X-3
  • Dipole analyses consistent with isotropy for sources at galactic center, Centaurus A, M-87
  • No clustering observed in highest energy events. Upper limit of 4 doublets (90% c.l.) in HiRes-I monocular dataset.

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other hires anisotropy presentations
Other HiRes Anisotropy Presentations:
  • Ben Stokes, Using Fractal Dimensionality in the Search for Anisotropy of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays, HE: Poster Session 2.
  • Chad Finley, Small-Scale Anisotropy Studies of the Highest Energy Cosmic Rays Observed in Stereo by HiRes, HE-1.3, 16.

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AGASA

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AGASA Sensitivity

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agasa exposure
AGASA Exposure

HiRes Exposure

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flux upper limit cygnus x 31
Flux Upper Limit (Cygnus X-3)
  • 90% confidence level flux upper limit for pointlike source > 1018 eV (~3,700 events):
    • < 5.4 x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (18 events)
    • < 1.2 x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (4 events)
  • 90% confidence level flux upper limit for pointlike source > ~5x1017 eV (~5k events) at Cyg X-3:
    • < 3.7 x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (16 events)
  • Compare previous results (E > 5x1017 eV):
    • (20 +- 6) x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (Fly’s Eye)
    • (18 +- 7) x 10-18 events/cm2*sec (Akeno)
    • < 4x10-18 events/cm2*sec (neutrons) (Haverah Park)
    • < 8x10-18 events/cm2*sec (gamma rays) (Haverah Park)

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Compare events in 1.5 degree circle with isotropic background:

Determine 90% c.l. upper limit:

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