cistân-e partowhâ-ye keyhâni-ye ultar-meh-kâruž
Fr.: énigme des rayons cosmiques de très haute énergie
The question of the origin and nature of the → ultra high energy cosmic rays. According to the → GZK cutoff, the UHECRs should be nearby. They are expected to be exceptional, therefore visible by some astrophysical counterpart. However, there is nothing visible (within a few tens of → Mpc) in the direction of all the UHECR detected up to now.
ultra-high-energy cosmic ray (UHECR)
partowhâ-ye keyhâni-ye ultar-meh-kâruž
Fr.: rayons cosmiques de très haute énergie
A particle belonging to the most energetic population of → cosmic rays with an energy above ~ 1020 → electron-volts. The UHECRs constitute a real challenge for theoretical models, because their acceleration requires extreme conditions hardly fulfilled by known astrophysical objects. See also → UHECR puzzle, → Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin cutoff.