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Telescope Array Radar (TARA): First Measurement of EAS Radar Cross-section Upper Limit

Aug 1, 2015, 2:30 PM
15m
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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Oral contribution CR-EX Parallel CR11 Radio

Speaker

Isaac Myers (urn:Google)

Description

TARA (Telescope Array Radar) is a cosmic ray radar detection experiment co-located with the Telescope Array conventional surface scintillation detector (SD) and fluorescence telescope detector (FD) near Delta, UT. The TARA detector combines a 40 kW transmitter and high gain transmitting antenna which broadcasts the radar carrier over the SD array and in the FD field of view to a 250 MS/s DAQ receiver. Data collection began in August, 2013. We have created a novel signal search technique in which the expected (simulated) radar echo of a particular air shower is used as a matched filter template and compared to radio waveforms obtained by triggering the radar DAQ by the fluorescence detector. This technique is used to calculate radar cross section upper limits on triggers that correspond to TA FD events. I discuss the search algorithm and results, and comment on the future of CR radar with TARA.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 966
Collaboration -- not specified --

Primary authors

Isaac Myers (urn:Google) John Belz (University of Utah)

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