Particle trajectory tracing in the geomagnetic field

Ming Huey A. Huang, Shih Chang Lee, Ping Yeh, Zhongliang Ren, Yao Li Chuang

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The particles detected in a near Earth orbit could be primary cosmic rays, trapped radiation, or albedo particles produced in the atmosphere. To understand the origin of these particles, we have developed a set of programs to trace charged particles in the geomagnetic field. The algorithm and the model of the geomagnetic field adopted are described in this article. The numerical errors are studied in two ways, as a function of either the tracing time or the gyration step size. An optimal step size of 0.04 rad is selected for further analyses. Using this program, we studied the data obtained by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and were able to differentiate cosmic rays from atmospheric secondary particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalChinese Journal of Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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