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.
Heitler, Powell and Heitler, Nature, 146, 65 (1940).
Perkins, Nature, 160, 707 (1947).
Schopper, Phys. Z., 40, 22 (1939).
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GEORGE, E. Origin of Cosmic Ray Stars. Nature 162, 333 (1948). https://doi.org/10.1038/162333a0
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