Invited review talk given at the 9th Workshop on Science with the New Generation of High Energy Gamma-ray Experiments, 20-22 June 2012, Lecce (Italy).
http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.2004

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ULTRA HIGH ENERGY COSMIC RAYS: A SHORT REVIEW

Roberto Aloisio


INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico Arcetri, largo E. Fermi 5, I-50125 Firenze (Italy)
INFN - Laboratori Nazionali Gran Sasso, ss 17bis km 18+910, I-67100 L'Aquila (Italy)


Abstract: We will review the main physical aspects of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays. We will discuss in particular their propagation through astrophysical backgrounds, focusing on the latest experimental observations of HiRes, Telescope Array and Auger. We will also review the issue of the transition between galactic and extra-galactic cosmic rays.


Keywords: Cosmic Rays Theory, Cosmic Rays Observations, Particles Astrophysics, Astrophysical Backgrounds


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

HIRES AND TA DATA: DIP AND GZK CUT-OFF

AUGER DATA: HEAVY NUCLEI

GALACTIC AND EXTRA-GALACTIC COSMIC RAYS

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS

REFERENCES

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