Simulations of a distributed intelligent array trigger for the cherenkov telescope array

Hugh Dickinson, Frank Krennrich, Amanda Weinstein

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It is anticipated that the forthcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) 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 metadata from a limited subset of nearby telescopes to veto events prior to camera readout. 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)
Article number965
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event34th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2015 - The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 30 2015Aug 6 2015


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