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Solar Two Gamma-Ray Observatory: a high-sensitivity telescope for intermediate high-energy gamma-ray astronomy
Author(s): Jeffrey Zweerink; Dipen Bhattacharya; Gora Mohanty; Umar Mohideen; A. Radu; Robert Rieben; V. V. Sushkov; Harry W.K. Tom; Tumay O. Tumer
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Paper Abstract

The Solar Two Gamma-Ray Observatory is a ground-based instrument designed to detect 20-300 GeV gamma rays by sampling the Cherenkov light generated as gamma rays and cosmic rays interact with the atmosphere. The observatory utilizes the solar two pilot power plant in Barstow, California which has the largest heliostat mirror area in the world. It has over 2,000 heliostats each with about 41 m2 mirror are. the total active are is over 75,000 m2. Thus, Solar Two Observatory has the potential to be the most sensitive ground-based gamma-ray detector between 20-300 GeV. The secondary mirror system, each capable of viewing 32 heliostats has been designed. The secondary mirror systems also include the photomultiplier tube camera, electronics, and heliostat field. The first secondary camera system is now being manufactured and tested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3765, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy X, (22 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366531
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Jeffrey Zweerink, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
Dipen Bhattacharya, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
Gora Mohanty, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
Umar Mohideen, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
A. Radu, Institute of Space Sciences (Romania) (United States)
Robert Rieben, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
V. V. Sushkov, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
Harry W.K. Tom, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)
Tumay O. Tumer, Univ. of California/Riverside (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3765:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy X
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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