The hybrid installation TAIGA: design, status and preliminary results
2019 September 13
The hybrid installation TAIGA (Tunka Advanced Instrument for cosmic rays and Gamma Astronomy) is under construction to study cosmic and gamma rays at energies 10^13-10^18 eV. It will incorporate timing wide-angle EAS Cherenkov array (TAIGA-HiSCORE) and number of imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes (TAIGA-IACT). The first stage of TAIGA will include ~100 wide-angle non-imaging optical stations of TAIGA-HiSCORE, distributed over an area of ~1 km^2 and three imaging telescopes at a distance of 300-500 m from each other. A combined method will be used to distinguish gamma-rays namely EAS parameters will be reconstructed by TAIGA-HiSCORE and a gamma-hadron separation will be carried out by TAIGA-IACT. With such an approach a hybrid detector will be built with a large area but with a relatively small number of telescopes.