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Future Plans at the Pierre Auger Observatory. Lawrence Wiencke Colorado School of Mines IS@AO, Apr. 18 2011, Cambridge. Logarithmic Scale. Linear Scale. Linsleys. x10 5 Linsleys. TA. Wiencke. Southern site: Argentina. Argentina Australia Brasil Bolivia* Czech Rep.

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future plans at the pierre auger observatory
Future Plans at the Pierre Auger Observatory

Lawrence Wiencke

Colorado School of Mines

IS@AO, Apr. 18 2011, Cambridge

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Logarithmic Scale

Linear Scale

Linsleys

x105 Linsleys

TA

Wiencke

the pierre auger observatory of ultra high energy cosmic rays

Southern site: Argentina

Argentina

Australia

Brasil

Bolivia*

Czech Rep.

France

Germany

Italy

Mexico

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Slovenia

Spain

UK

USA

Vietnam*

*Assoc. Countries

Northern site: Colorado

21000 square km

(RIP 2010)

The Pierre Auger Observatoryof Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays

3000 Square km

long term
Long Term
  • Go really big
    • Pierre Auger Aperture is 3000 km2str
    • Next detector should be 30,000 km2str+
  • Some (no so) minor details
    • When? Where? What?
  • Include interdisciplinary science from the start
pierre auger fluorescence detectors
Pierre Auger Fluorescence Detectors
  • World’s best optical cosmic ray air shower detectors
    • Measure Cosmic Air Showers very well
    • Measure Lasers well (<1 hz rate)
    • Throw away >99.9 % of the night sky
  • Next generation FD
    • Cosmic Ray Detector and Atmospheric instrument
      • Very loose trigger and fast readout
    • Discovery & measurement potential!
future next 5 years
Future – next 5 years
  • Pierre Auger Observatory –
    • 1991 First meetings
    • 2003 Engineering Array
    • 2005 Construction 1000/1600 tanks
    • 2008 Construction complete
    • Present continue Cosmic Ray data taking
      • perhaps for 10-15 years
  • Upgrades in progress and planned
    • Extend energy range down & measure muons
    • New technologies & methods
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HEAT High Elevation Airshower Telescope

Extend Energy Range (down) to 1017eV

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XLF Design Features

Parts from CLF

Steering, Optics, Solar Power

Propane safety system

Super

Test Beam

Raman LIDAR

Solid State Laser

Control Systems

Students

Staff

Faculty

New Container

Calibration System, + + +

Funding

some ideas from this work shop
Some ideas from this work shop
  • Gravity Waves
    • In our radiosonde data?
    • Auger Participation in SAAGRIA
    • Possible connection to seismic measurements?
  • Clouds –
    • Edge charging, effects/correlation with CR
  • Aerosols –
    • sampling (z)
    • ~100 nm size
  • Revive Radiosonde Measurements, supplement with oktocopter?
    • Aerosols, ionization, gravity waves …
    • KIT group is interested
  • Lightening
    • Track effects with Pierre Auger Surface Detector
    • Coincidence with air showers
  • Weather effects – Surface Detector singles rates
  • Extended seismi array?
  • Are there connection or correlations between atmospheric phenomena and Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays? (E>1018eV)