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Frequency of light-flashes induced by Cerenkov radiation from heavy cosmic-ray nucleiThe expected frequency was calculated for light flashes induced in the dark-adapted eye by Cerenkov radiation from the flux of heavy nuclei that exists in space beyond the geomagnetic field. The expected frequency of light flashes depends on the threshold number of photons that must be absorbed in a rod cluster. The results of the calculation are presented as a curve of the mean frequency of light flashes versus the threshold number of absorbed photons. The results are not sensitive to variations in the path length from 5 to 15 grams per square centimeter of water-equivalent before the nucleus reaches the retina. Calculations were based on the fluxes and energy spectra of galactic cosmic ray nuclei of helium to iron, measured at a time of minimum solar modulation. The expected light flash frequencies induced by Cerenkov radiation are consistent with the frequencies reported by the astronauts on Apollo missions 11 through 14.
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Conference Paper
Madey, R. (Clarkson Coll. of Technology Potsdam, NY, United States)
Mcnulty, P. J. (Clarkson Coll. of Technology Potsdam, NY, United States)
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August 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
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Publication: NASA, Washington Proc. of the Natl. Symp. on Nat. and Manmade Radiation in Space
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