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The PAMELA Space Mission for Antimatter and Dark Matter Searches in Cosmic Rays
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2010 (English)In: SCIENCE WITH THE NEW GENERATION OF HIGH-ENERGY GAMMA-RAY EXPERIMENTS / [ed] Cecchi, C; Ciprini, S; Lubrano, P; Tosti, G, 2010, Vol. 1223, 33-42 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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On the 15(th) of June 2006, the PAMELA satellite-borne experiment was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome and it has been collecting data since July 2006. The instrument allows precision studies of the charged cosmic radiation to be conducted over a wide energy range (100 MeV - 100's GeV) with high statistics. The primary scientific goal is the measurement of the antiproton and positron energy spectrum in order to search for exotic sources, such as dark matter particle annihilations. PAMELA is also searching for primordial antinuclei (anti-helium), and testing cosmic-ray propagation models through precise measurements of the antiparticle energy spectrum and precision studies of light nuclei and their isotopes. Moreover, PAMELA is investigating phenomena connected with solar and earth physics. Results of the antiproton and positron data will be presented.

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2010. Vol. 1223, 33-42 p.
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AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN 0094-243X ; 1223
Keyword [en]
dark matter, cosmic rays, artificial satellites, spectrum, particle spectrometers, calorimeters, Dark matter, Cosmic rays, Artificial Earth satellites, Composition, energy spectra and interactions, Spectroscopy and spectrophotometry, Calorimeters
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-80147DOI: 10.1063/1.3395994ISI: 000278483100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77951981481ISBN: 978-0-7354-0767-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-80147DiVA: diva2:496179
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Workshop on Gamma-Ray Physics in the LHC Era. Assisi, ITALY. OCT 07-09, 2009
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QC 20120210Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2012-02-10Bibliographically approved

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