VERITAS: The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System

T. C. Weekes, H. Badran, S. D. Biller, I. Bond, S. Bradbury, J. Buckley, D. Carter-Lewis, M. Catanese, S. Criswell, W. Cui, P. Dowkontt, C. Duke, D. J. Fegan, J. Finley, L. Fortson, J. Gaidos, G. H. Gillanders, J. Grindlay, T. A. Hall, K. HarrisA. M. Hillas, P. Kaaret, M. Kertzman, D. Kieda, F. Krennrich, M. J. Lang, S. LeBohec, R. Lessard, J. Lloyd-Evans, J. Knapp, B. McKernan, J. McEnery, P. Moriarty, D. Muller, P. Ogden, R. Ong, D. Petry, J. Quinn, N. W. Reay, P. T. Reynolds, J. Rose, M. Salamon, G. Sembroski, R. Sidwell, P. Slane, N. Stanton, S. P. Swordy, V. V. Vassiliev, S. P. Wakely

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Abstract

The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) represents an important step forward in the study of extreme astrophysical processes in the universe. It combines the power of the atmospheric Cherenkov imaging technique using a large optical reflector with the power of stereoscopic observatories using arrays of separated telescopes looking at the same shower. The seven identical telescopes in VERITAS, each of aperture 10 m, will be deployed in a filled hexagonal pattern of side 80 m; each telescope will have a camera consisting of 499 pixels with a field of view of 3.5°. VERITAS will substantially increase the catalog of very high energy (E > 100 GeV) γ-ray sources and greatly improve measurements of established sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-243
Number of pages23
JournalAstroparticle Physics
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by grants from the US Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, PPARC in the U.K. and Enterprise-Ireland in Ireland. The referees are thanked for helpful suggestions.

Keywords

  • AGN
  • Atmospheric Cherenkov radiation
  • Galactic plane
  • Neutralinos
  • Pulsars
  • Supernova remnants
  • γ-ray astronomy
  • γ-ray telescopes

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