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Origin of Cosmic Ray Stars

Nature volume 162, page 333 (28 August 1948) | Download Citation



As yet, the absorption of the star-producing radiation has only been measured in air. Nevertheless, the variation of the intensity of single tracks recorded in photographic plates under various lead absorbers has been measured at high altitude and at sea-level1,2. The decrease of single tracks with a given lead absorber is found to be much less than the decrease of stars in an equal weight of the atmosphere. Perkins2 has shown that the number of single tracks is proportional to the number of stars, and therefore it appears established that the range of the star-producing component of cosmic radiation expressed in gm./cm.2 is larger by a factor of approximately 3 in lead than it is in air.

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  1. Physics Department, Birkbeck College, London, E.C.4. May 19.

    • E. P. GEORGE


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