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Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - GRI - Gamma Ray Indirect
Usage of the estimation of the height of the first interaction
J. Sitarek,* D. Sobczynska, K. Adamczyk, M. Szanecki, K. Bernlöhr
*corresponding author
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The height of the first interaction of an Extensive Air Shower (EAS) is one of the parameters determining the shower development in the atmosphere. We derived a geometrical method of estimation of such a parameter. We study the influence of the first interaction height on the gamma/hadron separation efficiency. Using Monte Carlo simulations of a subarray of 4 Large Size Telescopes (LST) of the Cherenkov Telescope Array we find that one of the methods of the estimation of the height of the first interaction brings a mild improvement (∼10-20%) in the sensitivity at the lowest energies (30-200 GeV). We test also the method on the MC simulations and data of currently operating MAGIC telescopes.
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