Solar-Particle Energy Spectra during the Large Events of October-November 2003 and January 2005
The Solar Isotope Spectrometer (SIS) aboard the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) has beeo measuring solar energetic particle abundances since ACE was launched in August 1997. SIS is a silicon detector telescope that identifies charged particles via the multiple dE/dx vs. total energy technique, and to date, most measurements reported by SIS have beeo limited in energy to those particles that stop in the instrument. Io this paper, we will summarize the multiple dE/dx techoique used to identify particles that penetrate through the bottom of SIS, extending the energy ranges for elemental abundance measurements. Io preliminary analysis, the upper energy limit for oxygen has beeo extended from -90 MeV/nuc for stopping particles to -300 MeV/nuc for penetrating particles, and the upper energy limit for iron has beeo extended from -l 6S MeV /nuc to -500 MeV /nuc. We apply this techoique to SIS measurements oflarge SEP events, such as the Nov. 6, 1997 event and the recent Jan. 20, 2005 event, to extend the measured spectra, to look for evidence of spectral breaks.
Additional InformationCopyright TATA Institute of Fundamental Research This work was supported by NASA grant NAG5-6912.
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