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4 September 2015 Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA
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The construction of a prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope (pSCT) started in early June 2015 at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Southern Arizona, as a candidate medium-sized telescope for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). Compared to current Davies-Cotton telescopes, this novel instrument with an aplanatic two-mirror optical system will offer a wider field-of-view and improved angular resolution. In addition, the reduced plate scale of the camera allows the use of highly-integrated photon detectors such as silicon photo multipliers. As part of CTA, this design has the potential to greatly improve the performance of the next generation ground-based observatory for very high-energy (E>60 GeV) gamma-ray astronomy. In this contribution we present the design and performance of both optical and alignment systems of the pSCT.
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J. Rousselle, K. Byrum, R. Cameron, V. Connaughton, M. Errando, S. Griffiths, V. Guarino, T. B. Humensky, P. Jenke, P. Kaaret, D. Kieda, M. Limon, I. Mognet, R. Mukherjee, D. Nieto, A. Okumura, A. Peck, A. Petrashyk, D. Ribeiro, B. Stevenson, V. Vassiliev, and P. Yu "Toward the construction of a medium size prototype Schwarzschild-Couder telescope for CTA", Proc. SPIE 9603, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VII, 960305 (4 September 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2188381
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