Friday, July 19, 2013

1307.4989 (Irene Puerto-Giménez et al.)

Characterization of the candidate site for the Cherenkov Telescope Array at the Observatorio del Teide    [PDF]

Irene Puerto-Giménez, Markus Gaug, Rafael Barrena, Julio Castro, Michele Doro, Lluís Font, Miguel Nievas Rosillo, Jaime Zamorano, for the CTA Consortium
The Spanish partners of the future Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) have selected a candidate site for the Northern installation of CTA, at 3 km from the Observatorio del Teide (OT), in the Canary Island of Tenerife. As the OT is a very well-characterized astronomical site. We focus here on differences between the publicly accessible measurements from the OT observatory and those obtained with instruments deployed at the candidate site. We find that the winds are generally softer at the candidate site, and the level of background light comparable to the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) at La Palma in the B-band, while it is only slightly higher in the V-band.
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