17 September 2012 The optics and detector-simulation of the air fluorescence telescope FAMOUS for the detection of cosmic rays
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A sophisticated method for the observation of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) is the fluorescence detection technique of extensive air showers (EAS). FAMOUS will be a small fluorescence telescope, instrumented with silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) as highly-sensitive light detectors. In comparison to photomultiplier tubes, SiPMs promise to have a higher photon-detection-efficiency. An increase in sensitivity allows to detect more distant and lower energy showers which will contribute to an enrichment of the current understanding of the development of EAS and the chemical composition of UHECRs.
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Tim Niggemann, Thomas Hebbeker, Markus Lauscher, Christine Meurer, Lukas Middendorf, Johannes Schumacher, Maurice Stephan, "The optics and detector-simulation of the air fluorescence telescope FAMOUS for the detection of cosmic rays", Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 844430 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925305; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.925305
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