Effect of near-earth thunderstorms electric field on the intensity of ground cosmic ray positrons/electrons in Tibet

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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016

X. X. Zhou, X. J. Wang, D. H. Huang, H. Y. Jia
(Submitted on 1 Apr 2016)

Monte Carlo simulations are performed to study the correlation between the ground cosmic ray intensity and near-earth thunderstorms electric field at YBJ (4300 m a.s.l., Tibet, China). The variations of the secondary cosmic ray intensity are found to be highly dependent on the strength and polarity of the electric field. In negative fields and in positive fields greater than 600 V/cm, the total number of ground comic ray positrons and electrons increases with increasing electric field strength. And these values increase more obviously when involving a shower with lower primary energy or a higher zenith angle. While in positive fields ranging from 0 to 600 V/cm, the total number of ground comic ray positrons and electrons declines and the amplitude is up to 3.1% for vertical showers. A decrease of intensity occurs for inclined showers in positive fields less than 500 V/cm, which is accompanied by smaller amplitudes. In this paper, the intensity changes are discussed, especially concerning the decreases in positive electric fields. Our simulation results are in good agreement with ground-based experimental results obtained from ARGO-YBJ and the Carpet air shower array. These results could be helpful in understanding the acceleration mechanisms of secondary charged particles caused by an atmospheric electric field.

Comments: 17pages,15figures
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)
Cite as: arXiv:1604.00128 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1604.00128v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Xunxiu Zhou
[v1] Fri, 1 Apr 2016 04:41:55 GMT (707kb)

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