PROJECT TITLE: Pilot study of ultra-high energy COsmic rays through their Space-ATmospheric interactions — COSAT

Coordinator: Institute of Space Science, ISS - Filiala INFLPR 

Partners: Institute of Research and Developments for Optoelectronics, INOE2000

Period: 29 November 2013 – 29 November 2015

Project director: Paula Gina Isar

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Description: One hundred years after the discovery of cosmic rays, the study of charged ultra-high energy cosmic rays remains a vital activity in fundamental physics and one of the greatest challenges in Astroparticle Physics, which uses cosmic particles to understand violent phenomena in the Universe.

While primary cosmic rays could not be measured directly until it was possible to get the detectors highly in the atmosphere using balloons or spacecraft, nowadays very energetic cosmic rays can also be detected indirectly by ground-based experiments measuring their EAS induced Cherenkov, fluorescent light, or radio waves.

All cosmic ray measurements (performed either from space or ground) rely on an accurate understanding of atmospheric phenomena, where remote sensing and atmospheric physics will play an important role.

The project is accessing the lowest level of technology readiness and the scientific research begins to be translated into applied R&D.

The project results are envisaged to come in support to ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 (JEM-EUSO Mission), SSA - space and atmospheric weather, and Earth Observation Missions (the EU’s Copernicus Program - the atmosphere service, Sentinels 4&5).

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