Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA

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Abstract

The construction of a prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope (pSCT) started in early June 2015 at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Southern Arizona, as a candidate medium-sized telescope for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). Compared to current Davies-Cotton telescopes, this novel instrument with an aplanatic two-mirror optical system will offer a wider field-of-view and improved angular resolution. In addition, the reduced plate scale of the camera allows the use of highly-integrated photon detectors such as silicon photo multipliers. As part of CTA, this design has the potential to greatly improve the performance of the next generation ground-based observatory for very high-energy (E>60 GeV) gamma-ray astronomy. In this contribution we present the design and performance of both optical and alignment systems of the pSCT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII
EditorsStephen L. O'Dell, Stephen L. O'Dell, Giovanni Pareschi, Giovanni Pareschi
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781628417692, 9781628417692
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
EventOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2015Aug 13 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9603
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherOptics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/10/158/13/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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