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Published March 20, 1990 | Published
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Large Isotope Spectrometer for Astromag


The Large Isotope Spectrometer for Astromag (LISA) is an experiment designed to measure the isotopic composition and energy spectra of cosmic rays for elements extending from beryllum through zinc. The overall objectives of this investigation are to study the origin and evolution of galactic matter; the acceleration, transport, and time scales of comsic rays in the galaxy; and search for heavy antinuclei in the cosmic radiation. To achieve these objectives the LISA experiment will make the first identifications of individual heavy cosmic ray isotopes in the energy range from about 2.5 to 4 GeV/n where relativistic time dilation effects enhance the abundances of radioactive clocks and where the effects of solar modulation and cross‐section variations are minimized. It will extend high resolution measurements of individual element abundances and their energy spectra to energies of nearly 1 TeV/n, and has the potential for discovering heavy anti‐nuclei which could not have been formed except in extra‐galactic sources.

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© 1990 American Institute of Physics. Published online 20 March 1990.

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