The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS)

Weekes, T. C.; Bradbury, S. M.; Bond, I. H.; Breslin, A. C.; Buckley, J. H.; Carter-Lewis, D. A.; Catanese, M.; Dingus, B. L.; Fegan, D. J.; Finley, J. P.; Gaidos, J.; Grindlay, J.; Hillas, A. M.; Hermann, G.; Kaaret, P.; Kieda, D.; Knapp, J.; Krennrich, F.; LeBohec, S.; Lessard, R.W.
April 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 510 Issue 1, p637
Academic Journal
An overview of the current status and scientific goals of VERITAS, a proposed hexagonal array of seven 10 m aperture imaging Cherenkov telescopes, is provided. The selected site is close to Mt. Hopkins, the site of the Whipple Observatory, in Arizona. Each telescope, of 12 m focal length, will be equipped with a 499 element photomultiplier camera covering a 3.5 degree field of view. A central station will initiate the readout of 500 MHz FADCs upon receipt of multiple telescope triggers. The minimum detectable flux sensitivity will be 0.5% of the Crab Nebula flux at 200 GeV. VERITAS will operate primarily as a γ-ray observatory in the 50 GeV to 50 TeV range for the study of active galaxies, supernova remnants, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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