PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 395 - 37th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2021) - CRI - Cosmic Ray Indirect
Cosmic Ray Detection at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory – a pathfinder for SKA-Low
A. Williamson*, C. James, S. Tingay, J. Bray and T. Huege
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We present the status of cosmic-ray detection activities at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Using 128 antennas of the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope in its extended configuration, we detect the radio emission from extensive air showers in the 122--154 MHz range at a rate of slightly less than once per hour, each with an approximate energy of 10$^{17}$ eV. We have developed a bespoke filter inversion to obtain high-time-resolution data from this general-purpose astronomy instrument, and directly capture the radio signal. Our future plans include the implementation of a particle-triggered mode, and expanded operations with the low-frequency component of the Square Kilometre Array, which will have ~100,000 antennas deployed on the same site.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.395.0325
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