May 27, 2019 to June 5, 2019
Europe/Paris timezone

R. Diesing: On the spectrum of electrons accelerated in supernova remnants

May 31, 2019, 6:10 PM
Amphitheatre (Cargèse)



Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse Menasina F-20130 CARGÈSE


Using a semi-analytic model of non-linear diffusive shock acceleration, we model the spectrum of cosmic ray (CR) electrons accelerated by supernova remnants (SNRs). Because electrons experience synchrotron losses in the amplified magnetic fields characteristic of SNRs, they exhibit substantially steeper spectra than protons. In particular, we find that the difference between the electron and proton spectral index (power law slope) ranges from 0.1 to 0.4. Our findings must be reckoned with in theories of Galactic CR transport and may especially have implications for the observed “positron excess.”

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