On the possiblity of using vertically pointing Central Laser Facilities to calibrate the Cherenkov Telescope Array

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Abstract

A Central Laser Facility is a system composed of a laser placed at a certain distance from a light-detector array, emitting fast light pulses, typically in the vertical direction, with the aim to calibrate that array. During calibration runs, all detectors are pointed towards the same portion of the laser beam at a given altitude. Central Laser Facilities are used for various currently operating ultra-high-energy cosmic ray and imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope arrays. In view of the future Cherenkov Telescope Array, a similar device could provide a fast calibration of the whole installation at different wavelengths. The relative precision (i.e. each individual telescope with respect to the rest of the array is expected) to be better than 5%, while an absolute calibration should reach a precisions of 6-11%, if certain design requirements are met. Additionally, a preciser monitoring of the sensitivity of each telescope can be made on time-scales of days to years. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab srl.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP07026
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Data analysis
  • Gamma detectors
  • Instrument optimization
  • Systematic effects

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