Thursday, April 25, 2013

1304.6559 (N. La Palombara et al.)

The ASTRI Project: a mini-array of dual-mirror small Cherenkov telescopes for CTA    [PDF]

N. La Palombara, P. Caraveo, M. Fiorini, L. Stringhetti, E. Giro, O. Catalano, M. C. Maccarone, S. Vercellone, F. Di Pierro, P. Vallania, G. Bonnoli, R. Canestrari, R. Millul, G. Pareschi, G. Tosti, for the ASTRI Collaboration
ASTRI is a flagship project of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, which aims to develop an end-to-end prototype of the CTA small-size telescope. The proposed design is characterized by a dual-mirror Schwarzschild-Couder configuration and a camera based on Silicon photo-multipliers, two challenging but innovative technological solutions which will be adopted for the first time on a Cherenkov telescope. Here we describe the current status of the project, the expected performance and the possibility to realize a mini-array composed by a few small-size telescopes, which shall be placed at the final CTA Southern Site.
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