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|Title:||First results from a prototype of the fluorescence detector array of single-pixel telescopes|
|Citation:||Astroparticle Physics, 2015, vol.30-July-2015, pp.1-8|
|Conference Name:||34th International Cosmic Ray Conference (30 Jul 2015 : The Hague)|
|M. Malacari, J. Farmer, T. Fujii, J. Albury, J.A. Bellido, L. Chytka, P. Hamal, P. Horvath, M. Hrabovský, D. Mandat, J.N. Matthews, L. Nozka, M. Palatka, M. Pech, P. Privitera, P. Schovánek, R. Šmída, S.B. Thomas, P. Travnicek|
|Abstract:||We present a concept for large-area, low-cost detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHE- CRs) with a Fluorescence detector Array of Single-pixel Telescopes (FAST), addressing the re- quirements for the next generation of UHECR experiments. In the FAST design, a large field of view is covered by a few pixels at the focal plane of a mirror or Fresnel lens. We report first results of a FAST prototype installed at the Telescope Array site, consisting of a single 200 mm photomultiplier tube at the focal plane of a 1 m2 Fresnel lens system taken from the prototype of the JEM-EUSO experiment. The FAST prototype took data for 19 nights, demonstrating remark- able operational stability. We detected laser shots at distances of several kilometres as well as 16 highly significant UHECR shower candidates.|
|Keywords:||Ultra-high energy cosmic rays; air fluorescence detector; atmosphere; calorimetry|
|Rights:||© 2020 Published by Elsevier B.V.|
|Appears in Collections:||Aurora harvest 4|
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