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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät - Experimentelle Elementarteilchenphysik

The H Collaboration (2006)

Precision measurement of optical pulsation using a Cherenkov telescope

Astroparticle Physics, 26:22-27.

During 2003, a camera designed to measure the optical pulsations of pulsars was installed on a telescope of the H.E.S.S. array. The array is designed for gamma-ray astronomy in the ˜100 GeV 100 TeV energy regime. The aims of this exercise were two-fold: to prove the pulsar timing capabilities of H.E.S.S. on all relevant time-scales, and to explore the possibility of performing sensitive optical pulsar measurements using the ˜100 m^2 mirror of a Cherenkov telescope. Measurements of the Crab pulsar with this instrument demonstrate an order of magnitude sensitivity improvement over previous attempts using Cherenkov telescopes. Here we describe the design and performance of the system and discuss design considerations for future instruments of this type.

Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System