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Extensive air showers and diffused Cherenkov light detection: The ULTRA experiment

Abstract : The Uv Light Transmission and Reflection in the Atmosphere (ULTRA) experiment has been designed to provide quantitative measurements of the backscattered Cherenkov signal associated to the Extensive Air Showers (EAS) at the impact point on the Earth surface. The knowledge of such information will test the possibility to detect the diffused Cherenkov light spot from space within the Ultra high-energy cosmic ray observation. The Cherenkov signal is necessary to give an absolute reference for the track, allowing the measurement of the shower maximum and easing the separation between neutrino and hadronic showers. In this paper we discuss the experimental set-up with detailed information on the detection method; the in situ and laboratory calibrations; the simulation of the expected detector response and finally the preliminary results on the detector performance.
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G. Agnetta, P. Assis, B. Biondo, P. Brogueira, A. Cappa, et al.. Extensive air showers and diffused Cherenkov light detection: The ULTRA experiment. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Elsevier, 2007, 570, pp.22-35. ⟨10.1016/j.nima.2006.09.102⟩. ⟨in2p3-00120740⟩



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