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32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, Beijing : China (2011)
Propagation of Ultrahigh Energy Nuclei in the Magnetic Field of our Galaxy
Gwenael Giacinti1, M. Kachelrieß2, D.V. Semikoz1, G. Sigl3

In this work, we present detailed simulations for propagation of ultra-high energy (UHE) heavy nuclei, with E > 60 EeV, within recent Galactic Magnetic Field (GMF) models. We investigate the impacts of the regular and turbulent components of the GMF. We show that with UHE heavy nuclei, there is no one-to-one correspondence between the arrival directions of cosmic rays (CR) measured at Earth and the direction of their extragalactic sources. Sources can have several distorted images on the sky. We compute images of galaxy clusters and of the supergalactic plane in recent GMF models and show the challenges, and possibilities, of "UHECR astronomy" with heavy nuclei. Finally, we present a quantitative study of the impact of the GMF on the (de-)magnification of source fluxes, due to magnetic lensing effects. We find that for 60 EeV iron nuclei, sources located in up to about one fifth of the sky would have their fluxes so strongly demagnified that they would not be detectable at Earth, even by the next generation of UHECR experiments.
1:  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
2:  NTNU - Institutt for fysikk, NTNU
3:  ITP - Institut für Theoretische Physik
Physics/Astrophysics/High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena

Sciences of the Universe/Astrophysics/High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
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