Measurement of the proton-air cross-section at $\sqrt{s}=57$ TeV with the Pierre Auger Observatory

Abstract : We report a measurement of the proton-air cross-section for particle production at the center-of-mass energy per nucleon of 57 TeV. This is derived from the distribution of the depths of shower maxima observed with the Pierre Auger Observatory: systematic uncertainties are studied in detail. Analysing the tail of the distribution of the shower maxima, a proton-air cross-section of $[505\pm22(stat)^{+28}_{-36}(sys)]$ mb is found.
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P. Abreu, M. Avenier, C. Bérat, J. Chauvin, D.H. Koang, et al.. Measurement of the proton-air cross-section at $\sqrt{s}=57$ TeV with the Pierre Auger Observatory. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2012, 109, pp.062002. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.062002⟩. ⟨in2p3-00723317⟩

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