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Cosmic Rays and Supernovae

  1. Apr 14, 2004 #1
    Why is it that we think ultra high energy cosmic rays are emitted from supernovae.
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  3. Apr 14, 2004 #2


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    Welcome to Physics Forums physics_illiterate!

    Do you have a link to a document which discusses ultra-high energy (UHE)* cosmic rays (CR) being emitted from supernovae? http://www.physics.adelaide.edu.au/astrophysics/cr_new.html [Broken] from the University of Utah's Hi-Res group both state that supernovae are unlikely to be sources of UHE CRs; e.g. (from the second source) "However, it is difficult to explain the existence of cosmic rays above 1018 eV, because supernovae are simply not large enough to maintain acceleration to the UHE regime."

    However, the huge energies generated in gamma ray bursts (GRB) suggested to many that they might be a source of UHE CR. Recently, the link between at least some "long duration" GRBs and supernovae was established.

    http://ws2004.ift.uni.wroc.pl/Lectures/Lipari/SECOND.PDF [Broken] give a flavour of some current work and thinking.

    *the term "ultra-high energy" here means above ~1018 eV.
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