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What's the most high-energy photon or particle discovered? Where are we in that?

  1. Feb 4, 2012 #1
    I googled it and got some particles with 5×10^19eV- 3.69×10^25eV-, but I know I've heard bigger somewhere else...
     
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  3. Feb 5, 2012 #2

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    From where did one find those numbers. The number 5×10^19eV is frequently given in reference to the 'GZK cutoff' or 'GZK limit'.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin_limit

    There are some indications of particle energies in the 1020 eV range.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-high-energy_cosmic_ray

    One should review the following (and search for reliable information on Ultrahigh energy cosmis rays, or UHECR):
    http://www.telescopearray.org/outreach/uhecr.html

    http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.1872

    http://www.slac.stanford.edu/econf/C040802/papers/L020.PDF

    http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~rene/talks/Cronin-Fest-Ong-Writeup.pdf

    http://uhecr.uchicago.edu/depot/uhecr-wp.pdf

    http://canopus.chungnam.ac.kr/kaw3/00_PDF_kaw3/v37n5p421_jones.pdf


    In terrestrial proton accelerators (synchrotrons), we get particles into the TeV (1012 eV) range, but not quite to 1013 eV.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2012 #3
    I was thinking more around *10^27 and beyond...
     
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