July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
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Is radar detection of extensive air showers feasible?

Aug 1, 2015, 3:30 PM
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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 229
Poster contribution CR-EX Poster 2 CR


Dr Jaroslaw Stasielak (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, Kraków, Poland)


We investigate the feasibility of the radar technique for extensive air shower detection. A set of simulations of radio wave reflection off the short-lived plasma produced by the high-energy showers in the air is performed, considering various radar setups and shower geometries. We show that the plasma produced by air showers should be treated always as underdense. Thus, we use the Thomson cross-section for scattering of radio waves with correction for molecular quenching. We sum coherently the radio waves reflected off the individual electrons over the volume of the disk-like ionization trail to obtain the time evolution of the signal arriving at the receiver antenna. The movement of the wave-scattering region behind the relativistically moving shower front is taken into account. The received power and the spectral power density of the radar echo are analysed. Based on the obtained results, we conclude that the scattered signal is too weak for the radar method to provide an efficient and inexpensive method of air shower detection. We discuss possible uncertainties of this result.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 193
Collaboration -- not specified --

Primary author

Dr Jaroslaw Stasielak (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, Kraków, Poland)


Felix Werner (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) Prof. Henryk Wilczyński (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN, Kraków, Poland) Patrick Neunteufel (Argelander Institute for Astronomy (AIfA), Bonn, Germany) Radomir Smida (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) Dr Ralph Engel (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe) Sebastian Samuel Baur (KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE))

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