Tuesday, July 30, 2013

1307.7566 (Tim Huege et al.)

Full Monte Carlo simulations of radio emission from extensive air showers with CoREAS    [PDF]

Tim Huege, Clancy W. James
CoREAS is a Monte Carlo simulation code for the calculation of radio emission from extensive air showers. It is based on the "endpoint formalism" for radiation from moving charges implemented directly in CORSIKA. Consequently, the full complexity of the air-shower physics is taken into account without the need for approximations or assumptions on the emission mechanism. We present results of simulations for an unthinned shower performed with CoREAS for both MHz and GHz frequencies. At MHz frequencies, the simulations predict the well-known mixture of geomagnetic and charge excess radiation. At GHz frequencies, the emission is strongly influenced by Cherenkov effects arising from the varying refractive index in the atmosphere. In addition, a qualitative difference in the symmetry of the GHz radiation pattern is observed when compared to the ones at lower frequencies. We also discuss the strong increase in the ground area subtended by the radio emission when going from near-vertical to very inclined geometries, making very inclined air showers the most promising ones for cosmic ray radio detection.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.7566

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