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Gamma Ray Producing Cherenkov Radiation in Earth's Atmosphere

Gamma Ray Producing Cherenkov Radiation in Earth's Atmosphere

Computer simulation of a very-high-energy gamma ray interacting in the atmosphere. Such energetic gamma rays are produced near pulsars, neutron stars and super-massive black holes. The gamma rays hit the Earth's atmosphere at a rate of about 100 million per second. The animation shows that a shower of high-energy particles (mostly electrons and positrons) is produced. Those particles that travel faster than the speed of light in air, emit a bluish light called Cherenkov light. This Cherenkov light is detected by specialized ground-based telescopes, such as VERITAS, HESS, MAGIC, and CANGAROO in search of the origin of extreme cosmic particle accelerators.
VERITAS Time Lapse movie

VERITAS Time Lapse movie

A time lapse movie of the VERITAS telescopes operating near Tucson, Arizona. Created by Daniel Gall with 30 second exposures spaced 30 seconds apart with a Nikon D5100 over the course of several nights during spring 2012. For more information about VERITAS and gamma-ray astronomy, visit: veritas.sao.arizona.edu The music is Night Owl (Broke For Free) / CC BY 3.0, licensed through Creative Commons. freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_For_Free/
pixel ninjas

pixel ninjas

VERITAS is an array of four, 12-meter diameter telescopes used for gamma-ray astronomy at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Each of the telescope's cameras are being upgraded this summer to increase their sensitivity. The upgraded telescopes will see first light in fall 2012 Visit http://veritas.sao.arizona.edu/ for more information
VERITAS Cherenkov Telescope Time Lapse Video

VERITAS Cherenkov Telescope Time Lapse Video

The Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array, VERITAS, is located in southern Arizona near Amado at the Whipple observatory. 999 thirty-second exposures show the nightly dance that one of the 4 telescopes performs as various astrophysical objects are tracked during the night. The telescopes themselves capture the faint glow of Cherenkov light that is produced as gamma rays interact in the Earth's atmosphere. The video was created by Adler astronomers Jose Francisco Salgado, Mark SubbaRao, and Paul Knappenberger on 19 Feb. 2010.
Atmospheric Particle Showers and Cherenkov Radiation from Gamma Ray, Proton and Carbon-13

Atmospheric Particle Showers and Cherenkov Radiation from Gamma Ray, Proton and Carbon-13

The interactions of 3 types of very-high-energy particles (gamma-ray, proton and Carbon-13 nucleus) were simulated. The fully developed atmospheric particle showers (red) are shown including the Cherenkov light (blue) just before impact on the ground. Even though the 3 particle had the same initial energy, the most intense Cherenkov light is produced by the gamma ray, less by the proton, and the least by the Carbon nucleus. Each time a very-high-energy particle interacts in the atmosphere, fluctuations cause the shower to develop differently. Shown here are pretty 'average' looking showers.
GR Sky

GR Sky

Trevor Weekes is a leader of the branch of astrophysics devoted to the study of very high-energy gamma rays, or TeV gamma rays. A senior researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Dr. Weekes pioneered the techniques that the VERITAS telescope uses to detect TeV gamma rays.

Here are copies of the new (2011) signs posted outside the FLWO Visitors Center close to the T1 telescope (click on the figures for full-size versions):

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 21:23
 

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