7-10 June 2016
Groningen, Netherlands
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Results and Perspectives of the Auger Engineering Radio Array (overview talk)

7 Jun 2016, 16:30
20m
Groningen, Netherlands

Groningen, Netherlands

Hampshire Plaza Hotel

Speaker

Christian Glaser (RWTH Aachen)

Description

The Auger Engineering Radio Array (AERA) is an extension of the Pierre Auger Cosmic-Ray Observatory. It is used to detect radio emission from extensive air showers with energies beyond 10$^{17}$ eV in the 30 - 80 MHz frequency band. After three phases of deployment, AERA now consists of more than 150 autonomous radio stations with different spacings, covering an area of about 17 km². It is located at the same site as other Auger low-energy detector extensions enabling combinations with various other measurement techniques. The radio array allows different technical schemes to be explored as well as to cross calibrate our measurements with the established baseline detectors of the Auger Observatory. We will report on the most recent technological developments and give an overview of the experimental results obtained with AERA. In particular, we will present the measurement of the radiation energy, i.e., the amount of energy that is emitted from the air shower in the form of radio emission, and its dependence on the cosmic-ray energy by comparing with the measurement of the the well-calibrated Auger surface detector. Furthermore, we outline the relevance of this result for the absolute calibration of the energy scale of cosmic-ray observatories.

Primary author

Christian Glaser (RWTH Aachen)

Presentation Materials