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PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM H.T. Richards Lecture Brenda Dingus The Highest Energy Gamma-Rays Probing
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PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
H.T. Richards Lecture
The Highest Energy Gamma-Rays Probing
Nature’s Highest Energy Accelerators
Brenda Dingus
Los Alamos National Lab
Host: Westerhoff
Abstract: TeV gamma rays point to Nature’s astrophysical accelerators.
Many of these accelerators output most of their electromagnetic
energy in gamma rays, and their output may flare by more than
an order of magnitude. In order to study these TeV accelerators, a
new type of detector was developed with a large field of view and
>90% duty factory. This detector, called Milagro, used a 5000 square
meter pond of water to detect Cherenkov light from extensive air
showers. Milagro surveyed the 2 pi sr of the Northern Hemisphere and
discovered new sources of TeV gamma rays as well as diffuse emission
from the plane of the Milky Way
galaxy. The High Altitude Water
Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory is
a next-generation version of the
Milagro observatory that will be
built in Mexico at an altitude of
13500’ and will have over 10 times
the sensitivity of Milagro.
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