July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
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Measurement of the water-Cherenkov detector response to inclined muons using an RPC hodoscope

Jul 30, 2015, 3:30 PM
Amazon Foyer (World Forum)

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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 177
Poster contribution CR-IN Poster 1 CR


Mr Pedro Assis (LIP)


The Pierre Auger Observatory operates a hybrid detector composed of a Fluorescence Detector and a Surface Detector array. Water-Cherenkov detectors are the building blocks of the array and as such play a key role in the detection of secondary particles at the ground. A good knowledge of the detector response is paramount to lower systematic uncertainties and thus to increase the capability of the experiment in determining the muon content of the extensive air showers with a higher precision. In this work we report on a detailed study of the detector response to single muon traversals as a function of traversal geometry. A dedicated Resistive Plate Chambers (RPC) hodoscope was built and installed around one of the detectors. The hodoscope is formed by two stand-alone low gas flux segmented RPC detectors with the test water-Cherenkov detector placed in between. The segmentation of the RPC detectors is of the order of 10 cm. The hodoscope is used to trigger and select single muon events in different geometries. The signal recorded in the water-Cherenkov detector and performance estimators were studied as a function of the trajectories of the muons and compared with a dedicated simulation.
Collaboration Pierre Auger
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 584

Primary author

Mr Pedro Assis (LIP)

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