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17m Diameter MAGIC telescope project for sub-100 GeV gamma ray astronomy

Authors
Journal
Nuclear Physics B - Proceedings Supplements
0920-5632
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
54
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0920-5632(97)00134-5

Abstract

Very high energy (VHE) γ-ray astronomy above ⋍ 20 GeV is only possible with ground based Cherenkov detectors, at least for the foreseeable future. With a single Cherenkov telescope one can detect air showers over a collection area of typically 30000 m 2, which provides the high rate capability of the technique. We present here the 17 m diameter MAGIC air Cherenkov imaging telescope project, which, depending on the type of the applied light detector, will provide measurements above a low energy threshold of 15–40 GeV and allow to study γ-ray sources in the not yet investigated 20–300 GeV energy range.

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