Feb 13 – 16, 2012
Europe/Zurich timezone

A conceptual design for a large ground array of Fluorescence Detectors

Feb 16, 2012, 11:50 AM
500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


CERN, Geneva
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Prof. Paolo Privitera (University of Chicago)


In order to understand the composition and hadronic interactions of ultra-high energy cosmic rays above $10^19.5$ eV, currently limited by statistics, the next generation of experiments must provide a precise measurement of the maximum shower development with a large aperture. We propose a novel design of fluorescence detectors arranged in a large ($\ge 40000$ km$^2$) ground array. The shower reconstruction is obtained from the time development of the fluorescence signal only, with a significant simplification of the detector design and reduction of costs. Simulations of the conceptual design are presented.

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Prof. Paolo Privitera (University of Chicago)


Dr Christopher Williams (University of Chicago) Dr Maria Monasor (University of Chicago) Dr Pedro Facal San Luis (University of Chicago)

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