Project Auger will be the world's biggest
of cosmic rays. It has been named after a French physicist
Pierre Victor Auger (1899-1993)
who dedicated part of his life to investigation of giant air showers.
Pierre Auger Observatory is designed to detect highest
energy cosmic rays, from
1017 eV up to the end of known spectrum (EeV
The history of cosmic ray detection reaches back to the beginning of the
century, yet many of the questions concerning its origin and propagation
Auger Observatory is an international project.
Participating laboratories can be found in Argentina,
Bolivia, Brazil, Czech Republic,
Germany, Italy, Mexico,
Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia,
Spain, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
The first scientific results of the Pierre Auger Observatory
were presented at the ICRC'05 held in August 2005 in Pune, India. However, first "tasting"
of the results happened even before this largest cosmic-ray conference - and it happened in Prague.
Antoine Letessier-Selvon gave the lecture during the conference Physics in Collission 2005 (PIC'05) (July 6th - July 9th, 2005).
The proceedings of the conference were published in February 2006 and his talk is also available here as
preprint (12 pp., PDF [220 kB]).
Czech Collaboration members:
of articles concerning the highest energy cosmic rays.