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The shape of the radio wavefront of extensive air showers as measured with LOFAR

Butcher, Harvey; Frieswijk, W; Scholten, O; Bentum, M J; Bernardi, G; Bonafede, A; Ciardi, Benedetta; de Gasperin, F; Duscha, S; Fallows, R A; Garrett, M A; Gunst, A W; Hoeft, M; Kondratiev, V. I.; Kuniyoshi, M; Maat, P; Norden, M J; Pizzo, R; Polatidis, A.G.; Reich, W; Vermeulen, R.C.; Wijnholds, S J; Yatawatta, S; Avruch, Ian M.; Breitling, F; de Geus, Eugene; de Vos, Marco; Engels, Dieter; Hamaker, Johan P.; Iacobelli, M.; Kuper, G.; Munk, H; Toribio, C.; Vocks, Christian

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Extensive air showers, induced by high energy cosmic rays impinging on the Earth's atmosphere, produce radio emission that is measured with the LOFAR radio telescope. As the emission comes from a finite distance of a few kilometers, the incident wavefront is non-planar. A spherical, conical or hyperbolic shape of the wavefront has been proposed, but measurements of individual air showers have been inconclusive so far. For a selected high-quality sample of 161 measured extensive air showers, we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/103144
Source: Astroparticle Physics
DOI: 10.1016/j.astropartphys.2014.06.001

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