29 July 2018 to 4 August 2018
Russian Academy of Sciences
Europe/Moscow timezone

Cherenkov detection at the Pierre Auger Observatory

31 Jul 2018, 09:25
Russian Academy of Sciences

Russian Academy of Sciences

Leninsky Prospekt, 32а Moscow 119071 Russian Federation
oral presentation [20+5 min] Cherenkov detectors in astroparticle physics Cherenkov detectors in astroparticle physics


Ioana Maris (Université Libre de Bruxelles)


Pierre Auger Observatory is the largest detector ever built for measuring the air-showers produced by ultra high energy cosmic rays. It combines a surface detector of 1600 water Cherenkov detectors spread over 3000 km2 with 27 telescopes. Currently the Pierre Auger collaboration is deploying an upgrade of the surface detector, AugerPrime. The surface detectors are being equipped with scintillators. We present the performances of the current surface detector and we describe the advantages on distinguishing the muonic from the electromagnetic components of the air-showers using AugerPrime. The performances of a detector for which the optical volume of has been separated in two are briefly described. A recent reconstruction of the properties of the air-showers for which a large fraction of the Cherenkov light has reached the telescopes will be also presented.

Primary authors

Ioana Maris (Université Libre de Bruxelles) Pierre Auger collaboration

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