Volume 479, Number 1, February III 2008
|Page(s)||97 - 110|
|Published online||18 December 2007|
Propagation of high-energy cosmic rays in extragalactic turbulent magnetic fields: resulting energy spectrum and composition
Laboratoire Astroparticule et Cosmologie (APC), Université Paris 7/CNRS, 10 rue A. Domon et L. Duquet, 75205 Paris Cedex 13, France e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 10 November 2007
We extend previous studies of mixed-composition extragalactic cosmic-ray source models, investigating the influence of a non-negligible extragalactic magnetic field on the propagated cosmic-ray spectrum and composition. We study the transport of charged particles in turbulent fields and the transition from a ballistic to a diffusive propagation regime. We introduce a method allowing a fast integration of the particle trajectories, which allows us to calculate extragalactic cosmic-ray spectra in the general case, without using either the diffusive or the rectilinear approximation. We find that the main features of the mixed-composition models – regarding the interpretation of the ankle and the non-monotonous evolution of the average cosmic-ray mass – remain essentially unchanged as long as the magnetic field intensity does not exceed a few nG.
Key words: magnetic fields / nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances
© ESO, 2008
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