EAS detection by wide-angle cherenkov telescopes at the Yakutsk array
The Yu.G. Shafer Institute of Cosmophysical Research and Aeronomy, Yakutsk 677980, Russia
Published online: 10 May 2019
A proposed new method for measuring the Cherenkov light from extensive air showers (EAS) of cosmic rays (CR), which allows to determine not only the primary particle energy and angle of arrival, but also the parameters of the shower in the atmosphere - the maximum depth and “age”. For measurements, it is proposed to use Cherenkov light produced by EAS in a ground network of wide-angle telescopes, which are separated from each other by a distance 100-300 m depending on the total number of telescopes operating in coincidence, acting autonomously, or includes a detector of the charged components, radio waves, etc. as part of the EAS. The energy measurement and CR angle of arrival, data on the depth of the maximum and the associated mass of the primary particle generating the EAS is particularly important in the study of galactic cosmic rays for E> 1014 eV, where currently there are no direct measurements of the maximum depth of the EAS.
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