Thursday, July 11, 2013

1307.2773 (K. Bernlöhr et al.)

Progress in Monte Carlo design and optimization of the Cherenkov Telescope Array    [PDF]

K. Bernlöhr, A. Barnacka, Y. Becherini, O. Blanch Bigas, A. Bouvier, E. Carmona, P. Colin, G. Decerprit, F. Di Pierro, F. Dubois, C. Farnier, S. Funk, G. Hermann, J. A. Hinton, T. B. Humensky, T. Jogler, B. Khélifi, T. Kihm, N. Komin, J. -P. Lenain, R. López-Coto, G. Maier, D. Mazin, M. C. Medina, A. Moralejo, R. Moderski, S. J. Nolan, S. Ohm, E. de Oña Wilhelmi, R. D. Parsons, M. Paz Arribas, G. Pedaletti, S. Pita, H. Prokoph, C. B. Rulten, U. Schwanke, M. Shayduk, V. Stamatescu, P. Vallania, S. Vorobiov, R. Wischnewski, M. Wood, T. Yoshikoshi, A. Zech, for the CTA Consortium
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will be an instrument covering a wide energy range in very-high-energy (VHE) gamma rays. CTA will include several types of telescopes, in order to optimize the performance over the whole energy range. Both large-scale Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of CTA super-sets (including many different possible CTA layouts as sub-sets) and smaller-scale simulations dedicated to individual aspects were carried out and are on-going. We summarize results of the prior round of large-scale simulations, show where the design has now evolved beyond the conservative assumptions of the prior round and present first results from the on-going new round of MC simulations.
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