An image-based array trigger for imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope arrays

Hugh Dickinson, Frank Krennrich, Amanda Weinstein, Jonathan Eisch, Karen Byrum, John Anderson, Gary Drake

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It is anticipated that forthcoming, next generation, atmospheric Cherenkov telescope arrays will include a number of medium-sized telescopes that are constructed using a dual-mirror Schwarzschild–Couder configuration. These telescopes will sample a wide (8°) field of view using a densely pixelated camera comprising over 104 individual readout channels. A readout frequency congruent with the expected single-telescope trigger rates would result in substantial data rates. To ameliorate these data rates, a novel, hardware-level Distributed Intelligent Array Trigger (DIAT) is envisioned. A copy of the DIAT operates autonomously at each telescope and uses reduced resolution imaging data from a limited subset of nearby telescopes to veto events prior to camera readout and any subsequent network transmission of camera data that is required for centralized storage or aggregation. We present the results of Monte-Carlo simulations that evaluate the efficacy of a “Parallax width” discriminator that can be used by the DIAT to efficiently distinguish between genuine gamma-ray initiated events and unwanted background events that are initiated by hadronic cosmic rays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-17
Number of pages12
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
StatePublished - May 21 2018

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  • Advanced algorithm
  • Array trigger
  • Energy threshold reduction
  • Gamma-hadron separation
  • Gamma-ray astronomy


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