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    • Keywords


      Cosmic rays; anomalous component; stellar sources; Novae; O-type stars

    • Abstract


      The model of stellar origin of the anomalous component in the low energy cosmic rays for He to Fe ions observed in space vehicles is studied in the light of recent results. The model of heliospheric origin by Fisket al which has several attractive features cannot explain the long-term variations of intensity observed during 1974 to 1978 as pointed out by Nagashima and Morishita. The stellar origin model of Durgaprasad and Biswas, on the other hand, can easily account for the sudden appearance of the anomalous component in 1972 and its large decrease in intensity in 1978 on the basis of polarity reversal of the solar magnetic field as discussed by Nagashima and Morishita (1980). In this work, we show that in the stellar model energetic ions of He, C, N, O, etc. could originate in O-type stars which manifest very strong stellar wind with mass loss rate of 3·10−8 M per year. These have terminal velocities of about 1200 to 4000 km/sec and aretypically a few times their escape velocity. These velocities correspond to ion energies of 10 to 100 keV/amu. These ions are in partly ionised state and are accelerated in the interstellar shock fronts to about 1 to 50 MeV/amu and thus account for the observed anomalous component of low energy cosmic rays.

    • Author Affiliations


      S Biswas1 N Durgaprasad1 Sushma S Trivedi1

      1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay - 400 005, India
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  • Journal of Earth System Science | News

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