July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

The JEM-EUSO global light system laser station prototype

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

Amazon Foyer

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 144
Poster contribution CR-IN Poster 3 CR


Patrick Hunt (Colorado School of Mines)


We describe the design and fabrication of a prototype Global Light System (GLS) laser ground station for the JEM-EUSO project. The GLS will be a network of ground-based UV LEDs and steered lasers to monitor and calibrate the JEM-EUSO cosmic ray detector planned for the International Space Station. The GLS units will generate optical signatures in the atmosphere that are comparable to tracks from cosmic ray extensive air showers (EASs). Unlike the EASs, the number, time, energy, location and direction (for lasers) of GLS events can be specified as JEM-EUSO passes 400 km overhead. Laser tracks from the GLS prototype will be recorded by prototype detectors in ground-to-ground tests. Distant tracks with low angular speed are of particular interest because these are the types of EAS tracks that will be measured by JEM-EUSO. To do this ground-to-ground tests, the prototype detectors will need to measure the laser through the atmosphere at low elevation viewing angles. The beam energy can be adjusted from 1 to 90 mJ to compensate for this additional atmospheric attenuation. The frequency tripled YAG laser produces 355nm (7 ns pulse) light. This wavelength is near the center of the UV EAS fluorescence spectrum. The system is housed in a utility trailer that can be pulled by a small truck for domestic campaigns or rolled into an industry standard 20 foot container for global deployment. In operation mode, the laser platform inside the trailer is isolated mechanically to maintain beam pointing accuracy. A retractable two stage steering head can point in any direction above the horizon. A slip ring eliminates cable wrap problems. The GLS prototype will be used to test the EUSO-TA detector and will also be used in preflight tests of the EUSO-balloon payload planned for a super pressure balloon mission.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 661
Collaboration JEM-EUSO

Primary author

Patrick Hunt (Colorado School of Mines)


Andrew Osieczanek (Colorado School of Mines) Anna Evans (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cain (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cummings (Colorado School of Mines) Casey Baron (Colorado School of Mines) Christine Geier (Colorado School of Mines) Colton Bigler (Colorado School of Mines) Darek Bruzgo (Colorado School of Mines) David Hirsch (Colorado School of Mines) Iain Smith (Colorado School of Mines) Johannes Eser (Colorado School of Mines) John Fruit (Colorado School of Mines) Jonathan Gossman (Colorado School of Mines) Kristina Gallmeyer (Colorado School of Mines) Lawrence Wiencke (Colorado School of Mines) Martin Burg (Colorado School of Mines) Mike Mantz (Colorado School of Mines) Randy Bachman (Colorado School of Mines) Ryan Hanley (Colorado School of Mines) Thomas Wills (Colorado School of Mines) William Finch (Colorado School of Mines)

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