Cosmic ray interaction with the Earth’s atmosphere and environment (Erwin O. Flueckiger)

Cosmic ray interaction with the Earth’s atmosphere and environment I

1) Physical background: Interaction of high-energy particles with matter

1.1) ionization

1.2) nuclear interactions

2) Ion production in the Earth’s atmosphere

3) The cosmic ray cascade in the Earth’s atmosphere

3.1) The evolution secondary cosmic rays (nucleonic, hard, and soft /

electromagnetic components)

3.2) Extensive Air Showers (EAS)

3.3) Cosmic ray intensity as a function of altitude and latitude

3.4) Atmospheric absorption (attenuation, barometric coefficient,
zenith angle effect, temperature effect)

Cosmic ray interaction with the Earth’s atmosphere and environment II

4) Ionization effects

5) Nitrates, Ozone, and Temperature

6) Radiation doses

7) Production of cosmogenic nuclides

8) Cosmic ray archives

9) Cosmic rays as a diagnostics tool



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