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8 November 1996 Atmospheric studies using the high-resolution fly's eye xenon flasher array
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The High Resolution Fly's Eye (HiRes) cosmic ray detector at Dugway Utah, measures UV scintillation light from extensive air showers. The detection technique is calorimetric in that the amount of light produced is proportional to the energy of the primary particle. Primary particle energies range from 1017 to more than 1020 electron volts. The detector can measure air showers more than 30 km away, a distance of several atmospheric extinction lengths. Variations in the atmosphere can cause significant variations in the amount of light reaching the detector. Atmospheric monitoring is extremely important. This paper discusses a method, under development, that uses the HiRes detector to measure light scattered from pulsed collimated xenon flashbulb sources (Flashers). Discussion includes a description of the light sources and a preliminary data analysis to extract a measurement of atmospheric extinction length and scale height.
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Lawrence R. Wiencke, D. J. Bird, G. F. Chen, R. W. Clay, H. Y. Dai, B. R. Dawson, M. A. Huang, C.C. H. Jui, M. J. Kidd, D. B. Kieda, S. Ko, C. G. Larsen, Eugene C. Loh, J. D. Smith, Pierre Sokolsky, Paul Sommers, J. K.K. Tang, Stan B. Thomas, C. R. Wilkinson, and S. Yoshida "Atmospheric studies using the high-resolution fly's eye xenon flasher array", Proc. SPIE 2831, Ultraviolet Atmospheric and Space Remote Sensing: Methods and Instrumentation, (8 November 1996); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.257201
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