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Science capabilities of the VERITAS array of 10-m imaging atmospheric Cherenkov gamma-ray detectors
Author(s): David Kieda; S. D. Biller; Patrick Boyle; I. H. Bond; S. M. Bradbury; James H. Buckley; D. A. Carter-Lewis; Stephen Criswell; W. Cui; P. Dowknott; C. Duke; A. Falcone; D. J. Fegan; S. J. Fegan; John P. Finley; L. Fortson; J. A. Gaidos; S. Gammell; K. Gibbs; A. H. Hillas; J. Holder; D. Horan; M. Kertzman; J. Knapp; F. Krennrich; S. LeBohec; J. Lloyd-Evans; P. Moriarity; D. Moeller; P. Ogden; Rene A. Ong; D. Petry; J. Quinn; P. T. Reynolds; H. J. Rose; M. Schroedter; J. D. Smith; G. H. Sembrowski; Simon P. Swordy; V. V. Vassiliev; Scott P. Wakely; G. Walker; Trevor C. Weekes; J. Hall
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Paper Abstract

The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) is an array of seven 10m aperture telescopes used for gamma-ray astronomy in the 50 GeV to 50 TeV (1 TeV= 1012 electron Volt) energy range. The gamma rays are detected by measuring the optical Cherenkov light emitted by the cascade of electromagnetic particles that is generated by interactions of the high energy gamma-ray with the Earth's Atmosphere. This paper describes the science goals of the VERITAS array, a description of the array, and expected performance of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4834, Discoveries and Research Prospects from 6- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes II, (13 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457774
Show Author Affiliations
David Kieda, Univ. of Utah (United States)
S. D. Biller, Oxford Univ. (United Kingdom)
Patrick Boyle, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
I. H. Bond, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
S. M. Bradbury, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
James H. Buckley, Washington Univ. (United States)
D. A. Carter-Lewis, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
Stephen Criswell, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
W. Cui, Purdue Univ. (United States)
P. Dowknott, Washington Univ. (United States)
C. Duke, Grinnell Univ. (United States)
A. Falcone, Purdue Univ. (United States)
D. J. Fegan, National Univ. of Ireland (Ireland)
S. J. Fegan, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
John P. Finley, Purdue Univ. (United States)
L. Fortson, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Musuem (United States)
J. A. Gaidos, Purdue Univ. (United States)
S. Gammell, National Univ. of Ireland (Ireland)
K. Gibbs, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
A. H. Hillas, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
J. Holder, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
D. Horan, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
M. Kertzman, DePauw Univ. (United States)
J. Knapp, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
F. Krennrich, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
S. LeBohec, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
J. Lloyd-Evans, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
P. Moriarity, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland)
D. Moeller, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
P. Ogden, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Rene A. Ong, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
D. Petry, Iowa State Univ. (United States)
J. Quinn, National Univ. of Ireland (Ireland)
P. T. Reynolds, Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)
H. J. Rose, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)
M. Schroedter, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
J. D. Smith, Univ. of Utah (United States)
G. H. Sembrowski, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Simon P. Swordy, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
V. V. Vassiliev, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Scott P. Wakely, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
G. Walker, Univ. of Utah (United States)
Trevor C. Weekes, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
J. Hall, Univ. of Leeds (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4834:
Discoveries and Research Prospects from 6- to 10-Meter-Class Telescopes II
Puragra Guhathakurta, Editor(s)

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