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Author Sobczynska, Dorota
Source arXiv.org
Content type Text
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Date of Submission 2009-11-30
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Astronomy & allied sciences ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics ♦ physics:astro-ph
Abstract The MAGIC experiment, a very large Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescope (IACT) with sensitivity to low energy (E < 100 GeV) VHE gamma rays, has been operated since 2004. It has been found that the gamma/hadron separation in IACTs becomes much more difficult below 100 GeV [Albert et al 2008] A system of two large telescopes may eventually be triggered by hadronic events containing Cherenkov light from only one electromagnetic subcascade or two gamma subcascades, which are products of the single pi^0 decay. This is a possible reason for the deterioration of the experiment's sensitivity below 100 GeV. In this paper a system of two MAGIC telescopes working in stereoscopic mode is studied using Monte Carlo simulations. The detected images have similar shapes to that of primary gamma-rays and they have small sizes (mainly below 400 photoelectrons (p.e.)) which correspond to an energy of primary gamma-rays below 100 GeV. The background from single or two electromagnetic subcascdes is concentrated at energies below 200 GeV. Finally the number of background events is compared to the number of VHE gamma-ray excess events from the Crab Nebula. The investigated background survives simple cuts for sizes below 250 p.e. and thus the experiment's sensitivity deteriorates at lower energies.
Description Reference: J.Phys.G 36:125201,2009
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Page Count 15


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