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 - Jan 1 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

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Telescope
prototypes
telescopes
Prototype
Observatories
Observatory
observatories
gamma ray astronomy
cotton
Astronomy
Wide-field
multipliers
Gamma Rays
Silicon
angular resolution
Field of View
Optical systems
Gamma rays
Optical System

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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The CTA Consortium (2015). Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA. In S. L. O'Dell, S. L. O'Dell, G. Pareschi, & G. Pareschi (Eds.), Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII [960305] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9603). SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2188381
The CTA Consortium. / Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA. Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII. editor / Stephen L. O'Dell ; Stephen L. O'Dell ; Giovanni Pareschi ; Giovanni Pareschi. SPIE, 2015. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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The CTA Consortium 2015, Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA. in SL O'Dell, SL O'Dell, G Pareschi & G Pareschi (eds), Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII., 960305, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 9603, SPIE, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII, San Diego, United States, 8/10/15. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2188381

Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA. / The CTA Consortium.

Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII. ed. / Stephen L. O'Dell; Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi; Giovanni Pareschi. SPIE, 2015. 960305 (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 9603).

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The CTA Consortium. Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA. In O'Dell SL, O'Dell SL, Pareschi G, Pareschi G, editors, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII. SPIE. 2015. 960305. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2188381