• Observation of Ultra-high-energy Cosmic Rays with the ANITA Balloon-borne Radio Interferometer

    by  • May 12, 2010 • Publications

    We report the observation of sixteen cosmic ray events of mean energy of 1.5 × 10^19 eV, via radio pulses originating from the interaction of the cosmic ray air shower with the Antarctic geomagnetic field, a process known as geosynchrotron emission. We present the first ultra-wideband, far-field measurements of the radio spectral density of geosynchrotron emission in the range from 300-1000 MHz. The emission is 100% linearly polarized in the plane perpendicular to the projected geomagnetic field. Fourteen of our observed events are seen to have a phase-inversion due to reflection of the radio beam off the ice surface, and two additional events are seen directly from above the horizon.