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Properties of tropospheric aerosols observed over southwest Slovenia
Fei Gao, Klemen Bergant, Samo Stanič, Yingying Chen, Tingyao He, Dengxin Hua, 2018, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: From August to October 2010 lidar measurements of aerosols in the troposphere were performed at Otlica observatory, Slovenia, using a vertical scanning elastic lidar. The lidar data sample, which contains 38 nighttime vertical profiles of the mean aerosol extinction, was combined with continuous ozone concen- tration (O3), particulate matter concentrations (PM) and daily radiosonde data. The obtained radiosonde- and lidar-derived heights of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), which varied considerably from day to day, were found to be in good agreement. The mean values of the aerosol optical depth (AOD) at 355 nm, were calculated separately for the ABL and for the free troposphere (FT). A ten-fold increase of the FT AOD was observed during the days with predicted presence of Saharan dust above the lidar site. To correlate AOD values with the type and origin of aerosols, backward trajectories of air-masses above Otlica were modeled using the HYSPLIT model and clustered. High ABL AOD values were found to be correlated with local circulations and slowly approaching air masses from the Balkans and low values with northwestern flows. The highest values correlated with southwestern flows originating in northern Africa.
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Ključne besede: Aerosol, Optical depth, Lidar, Atmospheric boundary layer
Objavljeno: 22.02.2019; Ogledov: 369; Prenosov: 0
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Space weather research with the Pierre Auger Observatory
Miha Živec, 2019, magistrsko delo

Opis: Space weather refers to environmental conditions in the interplanetary space and Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere and exosphere and can influence the performance and reliability of electronics based technological systems. The major role in space weather changes plays the solar wind, a stream of charged particles (mostly electrons and protons) with energies of approximately 1 keV, that can cause geomagnetic storms and auroras. During their entry into the atmosphere, high energy cosmic rays collide with atomic nuclei of atmospheric gasses. When scattering occurs extensive air showers are created. Those cascades of secondary particles create flashes of light due to the Cherenkov effect as well as excite molecules of nitrogen gas in atmosphere, which then glow in fluorescent light. In order to observe the light created by air showers, it has to be collected with telescopes. The particles from the cascades that reach ground can be detected with surface detectors. The Pierre Auger Observatory is the largest observatory for cosmic ray measurements. It is located in Argentinian pampas covering an area of 3000 km2. It consists of 1660 surface detectors and 27 fluorescence telescopes. For cosmic rays with energies above few 1017 eV, a precise reconstruction of energy and direction of primary particle is achievable. Observatory also allows measurement of flux of incoming particles down to primary energies in ca. 10 GeV - 10 TeV interval, with a median energy ca. 80-90 GeV. This measurement capability is called "scaler" mode, since the corresponding data consist of scaler counted cascade particles with deposited energy between 15 and 100 MeV, at the average rate of 2 kHz per individual surface detector. For the purpose of this master thesis I compared the data from scaler mode measurements with measurements of neutron monitors, which are commonly used for space weather observations. With the correlation received from the comparison, I showed that scaler mode operation of Pierre Auger observatory can be used to monitor space weather events such as solar cycle and the decreases in the observed galactic cosmic ray intensity due to solar wind (Forbush decrease).
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Ključne besede: Pierre Auger Observatory, cosmic rays, space weather, Forbush decrease
Objavljeno: 17.09.2019; Ogledov: 196; Prenosov: 9
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Near-Ground Profile of Bora Wind Speed at Razdrto, Slovenia
Klemen Bergant, Samo Stanič, Marija Bervida, Benedikt Strajnar, 2019, izvirni znanstveni članek

Opis: Southwest Slovenia is a region well-known for frequent episodes of strong and gusty Bora wind, which may damage structures, affect traffic, and poses threats to human safety in general. With the increased availability of computational power, the interest in high resolution modeling of Bora on local scales is growing. To model it adequately, the flow characteristics of Bora should be experimentally investigated and parameterized. This study presents the analysis of wind speed vertical profiles at Razdrto, Slovenia, a location strongly exposed to Bora during six Bora episodes of different duration, appearing between April 2010 and May 2011. The empirical power law and the logarithmic law for Bora wind, commonly used for the description of neutrally stratified atmosphere, were evaluated for 10-min averaged wind speed data measured at four different heights. Power law and logarithmic law wind speed profiles, which are commonly used in high resolution computational models, were found to approximate well the measured data. The obtained power law coefficient and logarithmic law parameters, which are for modeling purposes commonly taken to be constant for a specific site, were found to vary significantly between different Bora episodes, most notably due to different wind direction over complex terrain. To increase modeling precision, the effects of local topography on wind profile parameters needs to be experimentally assessed and implemented.
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Ključne besede: Bora wind, logarithmic law, power law, roughness length, wind profile
Objavljeno: 04.10.2019; Ogledov: 78; Prenosov: 1
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The flux of ultra-high energy cosmic rays after ten years of operation of the Pierre Auger Observatory
Marko Zavrtanik, Danilo Zavrtanik, Lili Yang, Serguei Vorobiov, Darko Veberič, Marta Trini, Samo Stanič, Ahmed Saleh, Gašper Kukec Mezek, Andrej Filipčič, Inés Valiño, 2015, objavljeni znanstveni prispevek na konferenci

Opis: The flux of ultra-high energy cosmic rays has been measured with unprecedented precision at the Pierre Auger Observatory. We report an update of the all-sky flux of cosmic rays above 3 x 10 [sup] 17 eV obtained by combining four independent data sets. These measurements are based on data from the surface detector arrays (divided into two sets according to the shower zenith angle), from a nested, denser, detector array, and hybrid events measured simultaneously with both the fluorescence detector and the surface detector array. The spectral features are presented in detail and the systematic uncertainties are addressed. The huge amount of data collected to date, with a total exposure exceeding 50,000 km2 sr yr, together with the wide range of sky observed (in declination from -90[deg] to 45[deg]) also allow us to measure the energy spectrum from different regions of the sky. We present the results of the search for a dependence of the measured flux on the declination of the incoming directions.
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Ključne besede: ultra-high energy cosmic rays energy spectrum Pierre Auger Observatory
Objavljeno: 02.03.2016; Ogledov: 2070; Prenosov: 116
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Arrival directions of the highest-energy cosmic rays detected with the Pierre Auger Observatory
Marko Zavrtanik, Danilo Zavrtanik, Lili Yang, Serguei Vorobiov, Darko Veberič, Marta Trini, Samo Stanič, Ahmed Saleh, Gašper Kukec Mezek, Andrej Filipčič, Julien Aublin, 2015, objavljeni znanstveni prispevek na konferenci

Opis: We present the results of a search for small to intermediate scale anisotropies in the distribution of arrival directions of ultra-high energy cosmic rays recorded at the Pierre Auger Observatory. The data set, gathered in ten years of operation, includes arrival directions with zenith angles up to 80◦, and is about three times larger than that used in earlier studies. We update the test based on correlations with active galactic nuclei (AGNs) from the Véron-Cetty and Véron catalog, which does not yield a significant indication of anisotropy with the present data set. We perform a blind search for localized excess fluxes and for self-clustering of arrival directions at angular scales up to 30◦ and for different energy thresholds between 40 EeV and 80 EeV. We also examine the correlation of arrival directions with relatively nearby galaxies in the 2MRS catalog, AGNs detected by Swift-BAT, and a sample of radio galaxies with jets and with the Centaurus A galaxy. None of the searches shows a statistically significant evidence of anisotropy. The two largest departures from isotropy that were found have a post-trial probability ≈ 1.4%. One is for cosmic rays with energy above 58 EeV that arrive within 15◦ of the direction toward Centaurus A. The other is for arrival directions within 18◦ of Swift-BAT AGNs closer than 130 Mpc and brighter than 10[sup]44 erg/s, with the same energy threshold.
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Ključne besede: ultra-high energy cosmic rays anisotropy studies active galactic nuclei Pierre Auger Observatory
Objavljeno: 02.03.2016; Ogledov: 1691; Prenosov: 123
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