Photography of Čerenkov Light from Extensive Air Showers in the Atmosphere


SEVERAL authors1–4 have shown that Čerenkov light from extensive air showers in the atmosphere can be detected above the background light of the night sky, and that a single photomultiplier can be used for detecting showers of about 1015-eV. primary energy at distances up to 600 m. from the shower axis.

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    Jelley, J. V., Čerenkov Radiation, 212 (Pergamon Press, London, 1958).

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    Cudakov, A. E., Rep. Moscow Conf. Cosmic Rad., 2, 50 (1960).

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    Brennan, M. H., Malos, J., Millar, D. D., and Wallace, C. S., Nature, 182, 973 (1958).

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    White, J., Porter, N. A., and Long, C. D., J. Atmos. Terr. Phys., 20, 40 (1961).

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    Caldwell, D. O., Rep. Belgrade Conf. Nuclear Instruments (in preparation).

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HILL, D., PORTER, N. Photography of Čerenkov Light from Extensive Air Showers in the Atmosphere. Nature 191, 690 (1961).

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