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Radio Cosmic

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  00:25:00  2016  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

Cosmic rays constantly sweep past the Earth. Whilst in great number, most low energy rays come from the Sun, whereas high and even very high energy rays much less frequently come as messengers of the Universe, whose origin scientists are at pains to explain where they come from.
Addressing this question on the origins of those extremely high energy particles would amount to solve a primordial enigma on the nature of the extremely violent phenomena occurring in the Universe.
In the province of Mendoza, the Pierre Auger observatory is a temple of sorts for the detection of high energy cosmic rays. On this vast territory of some 3000 square kilometres, it operates various instruments including 1600 evenly spaced particle sensors and 4 highly sensitive telescope stations.
One of the experimental paths being explored to improve the detection of cosmic ray air showers on a large scale consists in developing antennae to capture the electromagnetic waves formed by the electrons in air showers.
If results were confirmed, the new antennae could be installed in Argentina to enhance the system and thus contribute to unveil the mystery of ultra-high energy cosmic rays. A shorter version of the film entitled "Le mystère des rayons cosmiques" (The mystery of cosmic rays) is available.

Producer : CNRS Images
Author : DALAISE Marcel (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Scientific author : REVENU Benoît (SUBATECH, UMR Univ. de Nantes, Ec. des Mines de Nantes et CNRS)
Director : DALAISE Marcel (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of spatial images (ESDIS Standards Office et National Aeronautics and Space Administration),animations, Google Earth maps and photographs.
Voice over and interviews (live sound : French, Spanish, and English (subtitled)). Musics.
PersonnalitiesKAMPERT Karl-Heinz(Univ. de Weppertal, Allemagne et Observatoire Pierre Auger, Argentine); HARARI Diego(Centre atomique Bariloche (Argentine)); REVENU Benoît(SUBATECH, UMR Univ. de Nantes, Ec. des Mines de Nantes et CNRS); SAEZ Oscar(Observatoire Pierre Auger, Argentine); VITALE Primo(Observatoire Pierre Auger, Argentine); DEL RIO Mariano(Observatoire Pierre Auger, Argentine); LEMOINE Martin(IAP, UMR CNRS et UPMC, Paris); LECACHEUX Alain(Lesia, UMR CNRS, Observatoire de Paris et UPMC, Meudon)
NotesSUBATECH : Laboratoire de physique subatomique et des technologies associées.
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DVD 12.50 29.16
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PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
VersionFrench ; English ; Spanish
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportDVD