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Electron lateral distribution in air showers: scaling formalism and its implications

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Theoretical results representing further development of scaling formalism for the lateral distribution of electrons in atmospheric cascade showers are reported in this paper. A detailed study of the root mean square radius of extensive air shower electrons - the basic parameter of the lateral distribution function (LDF) - has been carried out. Comparisons of our predictions with CORSIKA simulation results and also KASCADE and AGASA experimental data are presented. A new method for cosmic ray primary composition deduction from the shape of electron LDF, applicable in wide primary energy range with weak sensitivity to hadronic interaction model, is introduced.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Department of Theoretical Physics, Altai State University, Dimitrova Street 66, Barnaul 656099, Russia 2: Department of Physics, Saitama University, 645 Shimookubo, Saitama 338-8571, Saitama-ken, Japan 3: Innovative Research Organization for the New Century, Saitama University, 645 Shimookubo, Saitama 338-8571, Saitama-ken, Japan

Publication date: June 1, 2002


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