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Large aperture and wide field of view space telescope for the detection of ultra high energy cosmic rays and neutrinos

Paper Abstract

New technologies are proposed for large aperture and wide Field of View (FOV) space telescopes dedicated to detection of Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays and Neutrinos flux, through observation of fluorescence traces in atmosphere and diffused Cerenkov signals.

The presented advanced detection system is a spaceborne LEO telescope, with better performance than ground-based observatories, detecting up to 103 - 104 events/year. Different design approaches are implemented, all with very large FOV and focal surface detectors with sufficient segmentation and time resolution to allow precise reconstructions of the arrival direction. In particular, two Schmidt cameras are suggested as an appropriate solution to match most of the optical and technical requirements: large FOV, low f/#, reduction of stray light, optionally flat focal surface, already proven low-cost construction technologies. Finally, a preliminary proposal of a wideFOV retrofocus catadioptric telescope is explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10567, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006, 105673F (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308097
Show Author Affiliations
Piero Mazzinghi, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Vojko Bratina, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Lisa Gambicorti, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Florence Univ. (Italy)
Francesca Simonetti, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)
Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10567:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2006
Errico Armandillo; Josiane Costeraste; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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