Status of the microwave detection of cosmic rays program at the Pierre Auger Observatory
Presented by Pedro FACAL SAN LUIS on 15 Feb 2012 from 17:50 to 18:10
Radiation in the microwave band from the passage of charged particles through air has been detected in the laboratory. Applied to extensive air showers this radiation could provide a novel technique for ultra-high energy cosmic rays detection over large area, with 100% duty cycle and virtually no atmospheric attenuation. Detection in the GHz band is being actively pursued at the Pierre Auger Observatory. The status of microwave R&D activities at Auger will be reported, and in particular the design and performances of AMBER and MIDAS, two different prototypes of an imaging parabolic dish detector, will be reviewed.