The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)

Bradbury, SM, Bond, IH, Breslin, AC, Buckley, JH, Carter-Lewis, DA, Catanese, M, Criswell, S, Dingus, BL, Fegan, DJ, Finley, JP
et al (show 25 more authors) (1999) The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS). AIP Conf.Proc., 510. pp. 637-641.

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We give an overview of the current status and scientific goals of VERITAS, a proposed hexagonal array of seven 10 m aperture imaging Cherenkov telescopes. The selected site is Montosa Canyon (1390 m a.s.l.) at the Whipple Observatory, Arizona. Each telescope, of 12 m focal length, will initially be equipped with a 499 element photomultiplier camera covering a 3.5 degree field of view. A central station will initiate the readout of 500 MHz FADCs upon receipt of multiple telescope triggers. The minimum detectable flux sensitivity will be 0.5% of the Crab Nebula flux at 200 GeV. Detailed simulations of the array's performance are presented elsewhere at this meeting. VERITAS will operate primarily as a gamma-ray observatory in the 50 GeV to 50 TeV range for the study of active galaxies, supernova remnants, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 4 pages, 2 figures, to be published in the proceedings of the 26th ICRC (Salt Lake City, 1999)
Uncontrolled Keywords: astro-ph, astro-ph
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