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Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA
Author(s): J. Rousselle; K. Byrum; R. Cameron; V. Connaughton; M. Errando; S. Griffiths; V. Guarino; T. B. Humensky; P. Jenke; P. Kaaret; D. Kieda; M. Limon; I. Mognet; R. Mukherjee; D. Nieto; A. Okumura; A. Peck; A. Petrashyk; D. Ribeiro; B. Stevenson; V. Vassiliev; P. Yu
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Paper Abstract

The construction of a prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope (pSCT) started in early June 2015 at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Southern Arizona, as a candidate medium-sized telescope for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). Compared to current Davies-Cotton telescopes, this novel instrument with an aplanatic two-mirror optical system will offer a wider field-of-view and improved angular resolution. In addition, the reduced plate scale of the camera allows the use of highly-integrated photon detectors such as silicon photo multipliers. As part of CTA, this design has the potential to greatly improve the performance of the next generation ground-based observatory for very high-energy (E>60 GeV) gamma-ray astronomy. In this contribution we present the design and performance of both optical and alignment systems of the pSCT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9603, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII, 960305 (4 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188381
Show Author Affiliations
J. Rousselle, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
K. Byrum, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
R. Cameron, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
V. Connaughton, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
M. Errando, Columbia Univ. (United States)
S. Griffiths, Iowa Univ. (United States)
V. Guarino, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
T. B. Humensky, Columbia Univ. (United States)
P. Jenke, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
P. Kaaret, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
D. Kieda, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
M. Limon, Columbia Univ. (United States)
I. Mognet, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
R. Mukherjee, Columbia Univ. (United States)
D. Nieto, Columbia Univ. (United States)
A. Okumura, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
A. Peck, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
A. Petrashyk, Columbia Univ. (United States)
D. Ribeiro, Columbia Univ. (United States)
B. Stevenson, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
V. Vassiliev, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)
P. Yu, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9603:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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