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NPAC (Nuclear/Particle/Astro/Cosmo) Forum
Radio detection of air showers -- Recent results of LOFAR and AERA
Date: Thursday, June 5th
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Anna Nelles, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Nehterlands
Abstract: Radio detection of air showers has been suspected to be a very promising alternative way to detect air shower for some time and has only recently proven to fulfill this promise. Modern arrays of antennas like LOFAR and AERA have been exploring this technique in the last years. The Low-Frequency Radio Array (LOFAR) is digital radio telescope in the North of Europe. Its core in the Netherlands is instrumented with hundreds of antennas, as well as particle detectors. The high antenna density enables us to study detailed features of the radio emission, check air shower models and provide excellent measurements of the shower development. The Auger Engineering Array (AERA) is co-located with the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, allowing us to cross-calibrate the radio measurements with the baseline detectors of Auger. I will be reporting about the recent results of LOFAR and give an update about the developments at AERA.
Host: John Kelley/Justin Vandenbroucke
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