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Detection of positrons with the AMS-02 detector and phenomenological implications

Grant number: 16/25202-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy
Principal Investigator:Manuela Vecchi
Grantee:Maria Carolina Kherlakian
Home Institution: Instituto de Física de São Carlos (IFSC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/19149-7 - Indirect dark matter search with the AMS-02 detector, AP.JP


Electrons and positrons constitute only a tiny fraction of about 1 per cent of cosmic radiation, however their detection brings very fruitful insights on the origin and propagation of cosmic rays. The goal of the present project is to introduce the student to the context of the AMS-02 Collaboration, by performing the measurement of the positron fraction up to the TeV region. This is a very relevant measurement that has implications also in dark matter search. (AU)