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Title: Neutron oscillation as a source of excess sub-GeV antiprotons in galactic cosmic rays
Authors: Sivaram, C
Krishan, V
Keywords: Neutron Oscillation;Cosmic Ray Collisions;Galactic Cosmic Rays
Issue Date: Sep-1982
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Nature, Vol. 299, No. 5882, pp. 427
Abstract: The recent detection1,2 of an antiproton/proton (/p) ratio at energies much less than 1 GeV is several orders of magnitude above that predicted for production from primary cosmic ray collisions. It is well recognized that there is no mechanism to explain this sub-GeV (130−320 MeV) excess although many suggestions have been made. For example, Eichler3 considers secondary production in high-energy collisions while Kiraly4 et al. suggest black hole evaporation as a source. Most of these suggestions have inherent difficulties such as the imposition of severe constraints on the sources to suppress excessive bold italic gamma-ray production. We postulate here that the phenomenon of neutron− antineutron (nbold n macr) oscillations as a signature of grand unified theories may operate in neutron-rich astrophysical sources such as supernovae to produce the required low-energy galactic antiproton background.
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