Pierre Auger Observatory

A world-record sensitivity on the flux of ultrarelativistic magnetic monopoles

2016-09 ultrarelativistic-magnetic-monopoles

Maxwell’s unified description of electric and magnetic phenomena is one of the greatest achievements of 19th century physics. Free magnetic charges and currents are not allowed in Maxwell’s equations, a consequence of their apparent absence in Nature. However, their existence would naturally explain the quantization of electric charge, as first noted by Dirac in 1931.


Reconstruction of the muon production depth in the atmosphere with the surface detectors of the Pierre Auger Observatory

Cosmic rays are energetic particles, mostly atomic nuclei, raining down upon the Earth from the depths of the cosmos. Understanding their detailed nature and origins remains a primary goal in modern-day astroparticle physics.


Obituary on Jim Cronin by Alan Watson

2016-09-22 Cronin On 21 September 2016 Alan Watson published an obituary on his collegue and friend Jim Cronin on the website of the international weekly journal of science Nature.