July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
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FACT - Status and Experience from Three Years Operation of the First SiPM Camera

Aug 3, 2015, 12:00 PM
Yangtze 1 (World Forum)

Yangtze 1

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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
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Adrian Biland (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH))


The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) is pioneering the usage of solid state photosensors (G-APD, also known as SiPM). The 1440 pixel camera is installed in a 10m$^2$ refurbished HEGRA telescope on the Canary Island La Palma. Physics data-taking with FACT started in October 2011, few hours after installation of the camera. Since Summer 2012, FACT is operated remotely without the need of a data-taking crew onsite. During more than tree years of operation of FACT, G-APDs have proven to be very reliable. Despite operating them regularly also under very strong moonlight conditions, the G-APDs show no change in their properties or any indication for ageing. This allows FACT to have a successful monitoring program of the brightest TeV blazars in the northern hemisphere and several flare-alerts per year have been sent to the community. This presentation will describe the status of FACT and report the lessons learned about the usage of SiPM in a Cherenkov telescope from the construction and operation of FACT.
Collaboration FACT
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 871

Primary author

Adrian Biland (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH))

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