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The GCT camera for the Cherenkov Telescope Array
Author(s): A. M. Brown; A. Abchiche; D. Allan; J.-P. Amans; T. P. Armstrong; A. Balzer; D. Berge; C. Boisson; J.-J. Bousquet; M. Bryan; G. Buchholtz; P. M. Chadwick; H. Costantini; G. Cotter; M. K. Daniel; A. De Franco; F. de Frondat; J.-L. Dournaux; D. Dumas; G Fasola; S. Funk; J. Gironnet; J. A. Graham; T. Greenshaw; O. Hervet; N. Hidaka; J. A. Hinton; J.-M. Huet; I. Jégouzo; T. Jogler; M. Kraus; J. S. Lapington; P. Laporte; J. Lefaucheur; S. Markoff; T. Melse; L. Mohrmann; P. Molyneux; S. J. Nolan; A. Okumura; J. P. Osborne; R. D. Parsons; S. Rosen; D. Ross; G. Rowell; Y. Sato; F. Sayede; J. Schmoll; H. Schoorlemmer; M. Servillat; H. Sol; V. Stamatescu; M. Stephan; R. Stuik; J. Sykes; H. Tajima; J. Thornhill; L. Tibaldo; C. Trichard; J. Vink; J. J. Watson; R. White; N. Yamane; A. Zech; A. Zink; J. Zorn
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Paper Abstract

The Gamma-ray Cherenkov Telescope (GCT) is proposed for the Small-Sized Telescope component of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). GCT's dual-mirror Schwarzschild-Couder (SC) optical system allows the use of a compact camera with small form-factor photosensors. The GCT camera is ~ 0:4 m in diameter and has 2048 pixels; each pixel has a ~ 0:2° angular size, resulting in a wide field-of-view. The design of the GCT camera is high performance at low cost, with the camera housing 32 front-end electronics modules providing full waveform information for all of the camera's 2048 pixels. The first GCT camera prototype, CHEC-M, was commissioned during 2015, culminating in the first Cherenkov images recorded by a SC telescope and the first light of a CTA prototype. In this contribution we give a detailed description of the GCT camera and present preliminary results from CHEC-M's commissioning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99065K (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231685
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A. M. Brown, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Abchiche, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
D. Allan, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
J.-P. Amans, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
T. P. Armstrong, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Balzer, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
D. Berge, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
C. Boisson, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
J.-J. Bousquet, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
M. Bryan, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
G. Buchholtz, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
P. M. Chadwick, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
H. Costantini, Aix-Marseille Univ. (France)
G. Cotter, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
M. K. Daniel, Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
A. De Franco, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
F. de Frondat, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
J.-L. Dournaux, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
D. Dumas, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
G Fasola, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
S. Funk, Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
J. Gironnet, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
J. A. Graham, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
T. Greenshaw, Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
O. Hervet, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
N. Hidaka, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
J. A. Hinton, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
J.-M. Huet, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
I. Jégouzo, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
T. Jogler, Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
M. Kraus, Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
J. S. Lapington, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
P. Laporte, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
J. Lefaucheur, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
S. Markoff, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
T. Melse, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
L. Mohrmann, Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
P. Molyneux, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
S. J. Nolan, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
A. Okumura, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
J. P. Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
R. D. Parsons, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
S. Rosen, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
D. Ross, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
G. Rowell, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)
Y. Sato, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
F. Sayede, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
J. Schmoll, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
H. Schoorlemmer, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
M. Servillat, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
H. Sol, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
V. Stamatescu, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)
M. Stephan, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
R. Stuik, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
J. Sykes, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
H. Tajima, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
J. Thornhill, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
L. Tibaldo, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
C. Trichard, Aix-Marseille Univ. (France)
J. Vink, Univ. van Amsterdam (Netherlands)
J. J. Watson, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
R. White, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
N. Yamane, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
A. Zech, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research Univ. (France)
A. Zink, Erlangen Ctr. for Astroparticle Physics (Germany)
J. Zorn, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9906:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Helen J. Hall; Roberto Gilmozzi; Heather K. Marshall, Editor(s)

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