Properties of the Lunar Detection Mode for ZeV Scale Particles with LOFAR

Jun 15, 2018, 2:40 PM


Tobias Winchen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)


The steep decrease of the flux of ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR)
provides a challenge to answer the long standing question about their origin
and nature. A significant increase in detector volume may be achieved by
employing Earth's moon as detector that is read out using exisiting Earth-bound
radio telescopes by searching for the radio pulses emitted by the particle
shower in the lunar rock. In this contribution we will report on the properties
of a corresponding detection mode currently under development for the LOFAR
Radio telescope.

Primary author

Tobias Winchen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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