Searching for Anomalous Longitudinal Profiles with the FRAM Telescope
1 Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague
2 Observatorio Pierre Auger, Av. San Martín Norte 304, 5613 Malargüe, Argentina
Published online: 17 May 2017
The study of anomalous longitudinal profiles of extensive air showers presents an interesting opportunity to gain additional insight about the character of hadronic interactions at the highest energies. Moreover, the presence of such profiles would represent direct evidence of a light component in the primary cosmic rays of a given energy, independently of hadronic interaction models. The ratio of profiles observed to have a “double bump” structure (with two clearly distinguishable atmospheric depths of maximum particle count) compared to the total number of events can moreover be used to test the predictions of interaction models. However, the majority of such profiles observed at the Pierre Auger Observatory are caused by clouds. Here we describe a method of rapid monitoring of particularly interesting cosmic ray events, using the F/Photometric Rapid Atmospheric Monitor (FRAM) telescope to identify events with clear, cloudless atmospheric background. The function of FRAM is described in detail and the number of triggered events is presented.
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