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Volume 312 - 7th International Fermi Symposium (IFS2017) - Session Stellar Sources (galactic and extragalactic)
Combined approach to VHE gamma-ray astronomy at the TAIGA observatory
E. Postnikov* on behalf of the TAIGA Collaboration
*corresponding author
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Published on: 2017 December 12
The TAIGA experiment is aiming to address important tasks in ground-based gamma-ray astronomy at energies from a few TeV to several PeV. TAIGA combines almost all the techniques for gamma-ray air shower detection:
1. First, an array of imaging air Cherenkov telescopes (one telescope already operating and two more to be added at the distance of 600–800 m from each other by 2019).
2. Second, an array of wide-angle Cherenkov timing detectors (currently 43 detector stations; up to 110 stations covering an area of 1 km$^2$ in 2018).
3. Finally, an array of muon detectors covering a total area of 1 km$^2$ with a detection area of ~200 m$^2$ by 2019 and up to 3000 m$^2$ in the longer term.
Shower parameters are estimated using data of wide-angle Cherenkov timing detectors, whereas the selection of gamma-ray induced showers is based on the images of the telescopes taking into account shower parameters as well as muon array data.
Low investment coupled with high sensitivity (2.5$\cdot$10$^{-13}$ TeV/(cm$^2$sec) for 300 h of local sources observation at 100 TeV, 1 km$^2$ array) makes this pioneering approach very attractive for exploring the galactic PeVatrons.
The status and perspectives of the project as well as first results of the prototype phase are reported.
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