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Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - CRI - Cosmic Ray Indirect
Analysis of Data from Surface Detector Stations of the AugerPrime Upgrade
A. Taboada
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Pre-published on: 2019 July 22
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Abstract
Measuring the different components of extensive air showers is of key importance in reconstructing the mass composition of ultra-high energy cosmic rays. AugerPrime, the upgrade of the Pierre Auger Observatory, aims to enhance the sensitivity of its surface detector to the masses of cosmic rays by installing a $3.8~\mathrm{m^2}$ plastic scintillator detector on top of each of the 1660 Water-Cherenkov Detectors (WCDs). This Scintillator Surface Detector (SSD) provides a complementary measurement which allows for disentanglement of the electromagnetic and muonic shower components. Another important improvement of AugerPrime are the surface-detector electronics. The new electronics will process signals from the WCD and the SSD with higher sampling frequency and enhanced resolution in signal amplitude. Furthermore, a smaller photomultiplier tube will be added to each WCD, thus increasing its dynamic range. Twelve upgraded surface detector stations have been operating since September 2016. Additionally, seventy-seven SSDs have been deployed and are taking data since March 2019. In this work, the analysis of the data from these detectors is presented.
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