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Since April 2008, the Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group Development of a Next Generation Hybrid Detector Concept for the Pierre Auger Observatory (VH-NG-413) works at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology under the leadership of Tim Huege as principal investigator. The following gives a short summary of the group's scope:

Members of the Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group at the LOPES experiment in KarlsruheEven almost 100 years after the discovery of cosmic rays, fundamental questions regarding their nature and origin are still unanswered. This especially applies to the ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) above ~10^19 eV, which should directly point back to their sources, yet are extremely difficult to observe due to their scarcity (down to less than one particle per km^2 and century). The Pierre Auger Observatory, currently covering a collecting area of ~3000 km^2 in the southern hemisphere, measures the energy spectrum and elemental composition of UHECRs. With the planned addition of the complementary site in the northern hemisphere, the next challenge will be to locate and study the UHECR sources using full-sky particle astronomy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 20:46