Gaisser–Hillas function

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The Gaisser–Hillas function is used in astroparticle physics. It parameterizes the longitudinal particle density in a cosmic ray air shower. The function was proposed in 1977 by Thomas K. Gaisser and Anthony M. Hillas.[1]

The number of particles as a function of traversed atmospheric depth is expressed as

where is maximum number of particles observed at depth , and and are primary mass and energy dependent parameters.

Using substitutions

,             and      

the function can be written in an alternative one-parametric (m) form[2] as


  1. ^ Hillas, A. M. (1972). Cosmic rays. New York: Pergamon Press. ISBN 0-08-016724-1. 
  2. ^ Darko Veberic (2012). "Lambert W Function for Applications in Physics". Computer Physics Communications. 183 (12): 2622–2628. arXiv:1209.0735Freely accessible. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2012.07.008. 

Gaisser, T.K.; Hillas, A.M. (1977). "Reliability of the method of constant intensity cuts for reconstructing the average development of vertical showers". Proc. of 15th Int. Cosmic Ray Conf., 13–26 Aug 1977. 8. Plovdiv, Bulgaria. p. 353.