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ICATPP Conference, Como : Italie (2010)
How to Use Molecular Clouds to Study the Propagation of Cosmic Rays in the Galaxy
S. Gabici1

Observations of molecular clouds in the gamma ray domain provide us with a tool to study the distribution of cosmic rays in the Galaxy. This is because cosmic rays can penetrate molecular clouds, undergo hadronic interactions in the dense gas, and produce neutral pions that in turn decay into gamma rays. The detection of this radiation allows us to estimate the spectrum and intensity of cosmic rays at the cloud's position. Remarkably, this fact can be used to constrain the cosmic ray diffusion coefficient at specific locations in the Galaxy.
1 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie

Physique/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie
cosmic rays: origin and propagation – gamma rays – molecular clouds
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