IceAct, small Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes for IceCube
2019 July 22
IceAct is a proposed surface array of cost effective and compact Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) based small-size (50 cm) Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes above the IceCube in-ice detector. In coincidence with the in-ice and surface components of IceCube it forms a hybrid detector that enables new measurements combining the information from the Cherenkov light image, the surface particle footprint and the in-ice muon tracks of extensive air showers. During January 2019, two new versions of the IceAct telescope demonstrators featuring 61 SiPM pixels and improved optics were installed in the center of the IceTop surface detector at the geographic South Pole. Combining information from these two telescopes and IceCube, it is possible to test the performance in primary particle discrimination, detector calibration, and veto capabilities. We present the status of the project and the prospects of the upcoming data taking season during the Antarctic winter.