INSTITUTO DE FISICA LA PLATA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
congresos y reuniones científicas
Cosmic Rays Physics and the Pierre Auger Observatory
M. T. DOVA
Viña del Mar, Chile
Workshop; 4th CERN Latin American School of High-Energy Physics; 2007
One of the foremost issues in astrophysics today is that of the origin of the ultra high energy cosmic rays. The Pierre Auger Observatory is a broadly based international effort to make a high statistic study of the upper-end of the cosmic ray spectrum. Auger is the first experiment designed to work in a hybrid detection mode. It consists of an array of 1600 particle detectors spread over 3000 km2 and four fluorescence telescopes placed on the boundaries of the surface array. Recent measurements from Auger of the energy spectrum and mass composition above EeV are described.