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The Pierre Auger Observatory is a facility built to detect air showers produced by cosmic rays above 10 17 eV. During clear nights with a low illuminated moon fraction, the UV fluorescence light produced by air showers is recorded by optical telescopes at the Observatory. To correct the observations for variations in atmospheric conditions, atmospheric monitoring is performed at regular intervals ranging from several minutes (for cloud identification) to several hours (for aerosol conditions) to several days (for vertical profiles of temperature, pressure, and humidity). In 2009, the monitoring program was upgraded to allow for additional targeted measurements of atmospheric conditions shortly after the detection of air showers of special interest, eg, showers produced by very high-energy cosmic rays or showers with atypical longitudinal profiles. The former events are of particular importance for the determination of the …
IOP Publishing
Publication date: 
3 Sep 2012

Pierre Auger Collaboration

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Volume: 7 Issue: 09 Pages: P09001
Journal of Instrumentation