Measurements of the composition of Cosmic rays with VERITAS

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Abstract

The direct Cherenkov method aims to measure the composition of cosmic rays with improved charge resolution at TeV energies. By exploiting the inherent angular separation and time delay between the Cherenkov radiation initiated by the primary particle and that initiated in the extensive air shower, the charge of the primary particle can be identified. VERITAS, with its 0.15 degree angular resolution and 2 ns time sampling, measures the charge and energy of a selected sample of heavy cosmic rays. We review this new technique and present results from the 2007-2008 season of VERITAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event31st International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2009 - Lodz, Poland
Duration: Jul 7 2009Jul 15 2009

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Other31st International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2009
CountryPoland
CityLodz
Period7/7/097/15/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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    Wissel, S. (2009). Measurements of the composition of Cosmic rays with VERITAS. Paper presented at 31st International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2009, Lodz, Poland.