Extensive Air Showers and Diffused Cerenkov Light Detection: the ULTRA Experiment

Giacomo D'Ali'Staiti, Gugliotta, Moreggia, D'Alí Staiti, Assis, Saavedra, Dattoli, Espirito-Santo, Vigorito, Segreto, Cappa, Brogueira, Silva, Silva, Lebrun, Agnetta, Stassi, Maria Concetta Maccarone, Biondo, GiarrussoMangano, Vallania, Galeotti, Pimenta, Chauvin, La Rosa, Fava, Melo, Catalano, Russo, Tomè

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Abstract

The Uv Light Transmission and Reflection in the Atmosphere (ULTRA) experiment has been designed to provide quantitative measurements of the backscattered Cherenkov signal associated to the Extensive Air Showers (EAS) at the impact point on the Earth surface. The knowledge of such information will test the possibility to detect the diffused Cherenkov light spot from space within the Ultra high-energy cosmic ray observation. The Cherenkov signal is necessary to give an absolute reference for the track, allowing the measurement of the shower maximum and easing the separation between neutrino and hadronic showers.In this paper we discuss the experimental set-up with detailed information on the detection method; the in situ and laboratory calibrations; the simulation of the expected detector response and finally the preliminary results on the detector performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-35
Number of pages14
JournalNUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH. SECTION A, ACCELERATORS, SPECTROMETERS, DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
Volume570
Publication statusPublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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