We present the results of a test with a prototype apparatus aimed to detect the ultraviolet Cherenkov light in the wavelength range 2000-2300 Å, emitted by high energy cosmic ray showers. The system consists of a gas proportional chamber, with TMAE vapour as the photosensitive element, placed on the focal plane of a 1.5 m diameter parabolic mirror. The test was done during the summer of 1989 with cosmic ray showers seen in coincidence with the EAS-TOP experiment, an extended atmospheric shower charged particle array now being exploited at Campo Imperatore, 1900 m above sea level, on top of the Gran Sasso underground Laboratory of INFN. The results were positive and show that a full scale ultraviolet Cherenkov experiment with good sensitivity, angular resolution and virtually no background from moonlight or even daylight can be envisaged.

DETECTION OF ULTRAVIOLET CERENKOV LIGHT FROM HIGH-ENERGY COSMIC RAY ATMOSPHERIC SHOWERS: A FIELD TEST.

MARIOTTI, MOSE';PERUZZO, LUIGI;SARTORI, GIORGIO;
1991

Abstract

We present the results of a test with a prototype apparatus aimed to detect the ultraviolet Cherenkov light in the wavelength range 2000-2300 Å, emitted by high energy cosmic ray showers. The system consists of a gas proportional chamber, with TMAE vapour as the photosensitive element, placed on the focal plane of a 1.5 m diameter parabolic mirror. The test was done during the summer of 1989 with cosmic ray showers seen in coincidence with the EAS-TOP experiment, an extended atmospheric shower charged particle array now being exploited at Campo Imperatore, 1900 m above sea level, on top of the Gran Sasso underground Laboratory of INFN. The results were positive and show that a full scale ultraviolet Cherenkov experiment with good sensitivity, angular resolution and virtually no background from moonlight or even daylight can be envisaged.
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