Monday, July 22, 2013

1307.5194 (A. Bonardi et al.)

Developments for coating, testing, and aligning Cherenkov Telescope Array mirrors in Tübingen    [PDF]

A. Bonardi, J. Dick, E. Kendziorra, G. Pühlhofer, A. Santangelo for the CTA consortium
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation very-high energy gamma-ray air-shower Cherenkov observatory. CTA will consist of many segmented-mirror telescopes of three different diameters, placed in two arrays, one in the Northern hemisphere and one in the South, thus covering the whole sky. The total number of mirror tiles will be of the order of 10000, corresponding to a reflective area of ~10^4 m^2. The Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics in T\"ubingen is developing procedures to coat glass-substrate-based mirror tiles, is participating to the CTA mirror prototype testing, and is prototyping Active Mirror Control alignment mechanics, electronics and software. We will present the current status of our work and plans for future developments.
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