The PAMELA space mission for antimatter and dark matter searches in cosmic rays

O. Adriani, G. C. Barbarino, G. A. Bazilevskaja, R. Bellotti, M. Boezio, E. A. Bogomolov, L. Bonechi, M. Bongi, V. Bonvicini, S. Borisov, S. Bottai, A. Bruno, F. Cafagna, D. Campana, R. Carbone, P. Carlson, M. Casolino, G. Castellini, L. Consiglio, M. P. De PascaleC. De Santis, N. De Simone, V. Di Felice, A. M. Galper, W. Gillard, P. Hofverberg, S. V. Koldashov, S. Y. Krutkov, A. N. Kvashnin, A. Leonov, V. Malvezzi, L. Marcelli, W. Menn, V. V. Mikhailov, E. Mocchiutti, N. Mori, N. N. Nikonov, G. Osteria, P. Papini, M. Pearce, P. Picozza, M. Ricci, S. B. Ricciarini, M. Simon, R. Sparvoli, P. Spillantini, Y. I. Stozhkov, A. Vacchi, E. Vannuccini, G. Vasilyev, S. A. Voronov, Y. T. Yurkin, G. Zampa, N. Zampa, V. G. Zverev

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Abstract

On the 15th of June 2006, the PAMELA satellite-borne experiment was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome and it has been collecting data since July 2006. The instrument allows precision studies of the charged cosmic radiation to be conducted over a wide energy range (100 MeV-100's GeV) with high statistics. The primary scientific goal is the measurement of the antiproton and positron energy spectrum in order to search for exotic sources, such as dark matter particle annihilations. PAMELA is also searching for primordial antinuclei (anti-helium), and testing cosmic-ray propagation models through precise measurements of the antiparticle energy spectrum and precision studies of light nuclei and their isotopes. Moreover, PAMELA is investigating phenomena connected with solar and earth physics. Results of the antiproton and positron data will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience with the New Generation of High-Energy, Gamma-Ray Experiments - Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Gamma-ray Physics in the LHC Era
Pages33-42
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event7th Workshop on Gamma-ray Physics in the LHC Era - Assisi, Italy
Duration: 7 Oct 20099 Oct 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1223
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference7th Workshop on Gamma-ray Physics in the LHC Era
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityAssisi
Period7/10/099/10/09

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