Research in many areas of modern physics such as, e.g., indirect searches for dark matter and particle acceleration in supernova remnant shocks rely heavily on studies of cosmic rays (CRs) and associated diffuse emissions (radio, microwave, X-rays, γ-rays). While very detailed numerical models of CR propagation exist, a quantitative statistical analysis of such models has been so far hampered by the large computational effort that those models require. Although statistical analyses have been carried out before using semi-analytical models (where the computation is much faster), the evaluation of the results obtained from such models is difficult, as they necessarily suffer from many simplifying assumptions. The main objective of this paper is to present a working method for a full Bayesian parameter estimation for a numerical CR propagation model. For this study, we use the GALPROP code, the most advanced of its kind, which uses astrophysical information, and nuclear and particle data as inputs to self-consistently predict CRs, γ-rays, synchrotron, and other observables. We demonstrate that a full Bayesian analysis is possible using nested sampling and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods (implemented in the SuperBayeS code) despite the heavy computational demands of a numerical propagation code. The best-fit values of parameters found in this analysis are in agreement with previous, significantly simpler, studies also based on GALPROP. © 2011. The American Astronomical Society.
Constraints on cosmic-ray propagation models from a global bayesian analysis / Trotta, R.; Johannesson, G.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Porter, T. A.; Ruiz De Austri, R.; Strong, A. W.. - In: THE ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL. - ISSN 0004-637X. - 729:2(2011), pp. 1-16.
|Titolo:||Constraints on cosmic-ray propagation models from a global bayesian analysis|
|Autori:||Trotta, R.; Johannesson, G.; Moskalenko, I. V.; Porter, T. A.; Ruiz De Austri, R.; Strong, A. W.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Numero di Articolo:||106|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/729/2/106|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|