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The importance of atmospheric monitoring at the Pierre Auger Observatory
1 Department of Physics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, S.A. 5005, Australia
2 Observatorio Pierre Auger, Av. San Martín Norte 304, 5613 Malargüe, Argentina
Published online: 17 May 2017
The Pierre Auger Observatory is an ultra-high energy cosmic ray experiment employing a giant surface array of particle detectors together with telescopes to image fluorescence light from extensive air showers in the atmosphere. The atmosphere is the medium in which the incoming cosmic rays deposit their energy, and as a result we must monitor the characteristics of the atmosphere, including its density profile and light transmission properties, over the Observatory area of 3000 square kilometres.
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