July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
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Construction of a Medium-Sized Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope for the Cherenkov Telescope Array: Implementation of the Cherenkov-Camera Data Acquisition System

Aug 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
Mississippi Foyer (World Forum)

Mississippi Foyer

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 118
Poster contribution GA-IN Poster 3 GA


Dr Marcos Santander (Barnard College, Columbia University)


A medium-sized Schwarzchild-Couder Telescope (SCT) is being developed as a possible extension for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). The Cherenkov camera of the telescope is designed to have 11328 silicon photomultiplier pixels capable of capturing high-resolution images of air showers in the atmosphere. The combination of the large number of pixels and the high trigger rate (> 5 kHz) expected for this telescope results in a multi-Gbps data throughput. This sets challenging requirements on the design and performance of a data acquisition system for processing and storing this data. A prototype SCT (pSCT) with a partial camera containing 1600 pixels, covering a field of view of 2.5 x 2.5 square degrees, is being assembled at the F.L. Whipple Observatory. We present the design and current status of the SCT data acquisition system with an emphasis on its software component.
Collaboration CTA
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 534

Primary author

Dr Marcos Santander (Barnard College, Columbia University)


Prof. Buckley James (Washington University in Saint Louis) Prof. Humensky Brian (Columbia University) Prof. Mukherjee Reshmi (Barnard College, Columbia University)

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