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Volume 488, Number 3, September IV 2008
Page(s) 1093 - 1100
Section The Sun
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200809634
Published online 09 July 2008

A&A 488, 1093-1100 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200809634

Study of the solar anisotropy of cosmic ray primaries of about 200 GeV energy with the L3+C muon detector

The L3 collaboration

III. Physikalisches Institut, RWTH, 52056 Aachen, Germany

CERN, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Received 22 February 2008 / Accepted 3 June 2008

Context. Primary cosmic rays experience multiple deflections in the non-uniform galactic and heliospheric magnetic fields which may generate anisotropies.
Aims. A study of anisotropies in the energy range between 100 and 500 GeV is performed. This energy range is not yet well explored.
Methods. The L3 detector at the CERN electron-positron collider, LEP, is used for a study of the angular distribution of atmospheric muons with energies above 20 GeV. This distribution is used to investigate the isotropy of the time-dependent intensity of the primary cosmic-ray flux with a Fourier analysis.
Results. A small deviation from isotropy at energies around 200 GeV is observed for the second harmonics at the solar frequency. No sidereal anisotropy is found at a level above 10-4. The measurements were performed in the years 1999 and 2000.

Key words: plasmas -- sun: magnetic fields -- Sun: solar wind -- interplanetary medium -- ISM: cosmic rays

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