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Title: First ground-based measurement of atmospheric Cherenkov light from cosmic rays

Abstract

A recently proposed novel technique for the detection of cosmic rays with arrays of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes is applied to data from the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.). The method relies on the ground-based detection of Cherenkov light emitted from the primary particle prior to its first interaction in the atmosphere. The charge of the primary particle (Z) can be estimated from the intensity of this light, since it is proportional to Z{sup 2}. Using H.E.S.S. data, an energy spectrum for cosmic-ray iron nuclei in the energy range 13-200 TeV is derived. The reconstructed spectrum is consistent with previous direct measurements and is one of the most precise so far in this energy range.

Authors:
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  1. Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik, P.O. Box 103980, D 69029 Heidelberg (Germany)
  2. Yerevan Physics Institute, 2 Alikhanian Brothers St., 375036 Yerevan (Armenia) (and others)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21011032
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. D, Particles Fields; Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.75.042004; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; CHERENKOV COUNTING; COSMIC NUCLEI; COSMIC RADIATION; COSMIC RAY DETECTION; DETECTION; EMISSION; ENERGY SPECTRA; PEV RANGE; TELESCOPE COUNTERS; TEV RANGE

Citation Formats

Aharonian, F., Benbow, W., Berge, D., Bolz, O., Braun, I., Buehler, R., Carrigan, S., Egberts, K., Funk, S., Hauser, D., Hermann, G., Hofmann, W., Hoppe, S., Kosack, K., Panter, M., Rowell, G., Eldik, C. van, Voelk, H. J., Akhperjanian, A. G., and Sahakian, V.. First ground-based measurement of atmospheric Cherenkov light from cosmic rays. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.042004.
Aharonian, F., Benbow, W., Berge, D., Bolz, O., Braun, I., Buehler, R., Carrigan, S., Egberts, K., Funk, S., Hauser, D., Hermann, G., Hofmann, W., Hoppe, S., Kosack, K., Panter, M., Rowell, G., Eldik, C. van, Voelk, H. J., Akhperjanian, A. G., & Sahakian, V.. First ground-based measurement of atmospheric Cherenkov light from cosmic rays. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.042004.
Aharonian, F., Benbow, W., Berge, D., Bolz, O., Braun, I., Buehler, R., Carrigan, S., Egberts, K., Funk, S., Hauser, D., Hermann, G., Hofmann, W., Hoppe, S., Kosack, K., Panter, M., Rowell, G., Eldik, C. van, Voelk, H. J., Akhperjanian, A. G., and Sahakian, V.. Thu . "First ground-based measurement of atmospheric Cherenkov light from cosmic rays". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.042004.
@article{osti_21011032,
title = {First ground-based measurement of atmospheric Cherenkov light from cosmic rays},
author = {Aharonian, F. and Benbow, W. and Berge, D. and Bolz, O. and Braun, I. and Buehler, R. and Carrigan, S. and Egberts, K. and Funk, S. and Hauser, D. and Hermann, G. and Hofmann, W. and Hoppe, S. and Kosack, K. and Panter, M. and Rowell, G. and Eldik, C. van and Voelk, H. J. and Akhperjanian, A. G. and Sahakian, V.},
abstractNote = {A recently proposed novel technique for the detection of cosmic rays with arrays of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes is applied to data from the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.). The method relies on the ground-based detection of Cherenkov light emitted from the primary particle prior to its first interaction in the atmosphere. The charge of the primary particle (Z) can be estimated from the intensity of this light, since it is proportional to Z{sup 2}. Using H.E.S.S. data, an energy spectrum for cosmic-ray iron nuclei in the energy range 13-200 TeV is derived. The reconstructed spectrum is consistent with previous direct measurements and is one of the most precise so far in this energy range.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVD.75.042004},
journal = {Physical Review. D, Particles Fields},
number = 4,
volume = 75,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}