Volume 625, May 2019
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||30 May 2019|
Galactic cosmic ray hydrogen spectra and radial gradients in the inner heliosphere measured by the HELIOS Experiment 6
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
Accepted: 24 April 2019
Context. The HELIOS solar observation probes provide unique data regarding their orbit and operation time. One of the onboard instruments, the Experiment 6 (E6), is capable of measuring ions from 4 to several hundred MeV nucleon−1.
Aims. In this paper we aim to demonstrate the relevance of the E6 data for the calculation of galactic cosmic ray (GCR), anomalous cosmic ray (ACR), and solar energetic particle (SEP) fluxes for different distances from the sun and time periods.
Methods. Several corrections have been applied to the raw data: determination of the Quenching factor of the scintillator, correction of the temperature dependent electronics, degradation of the scintillator as well as the effects on the edge of semi-conductor detectors.
Results. Fluxes measured by the E6 are in accordance with the force field solution for the GCR and match models of the anomalous cosmic ray propagation. GCR radial gradients in the inner heliosphere show a different behaviour than in the outer heliosphere.
Key words: Sun: heliosphere / solar-terrestrial relations / cosmic rays
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