Background rejection method for tens of TeV gamma-ray astronomy applicable to wide angle timing arrays [IMA]

A ‘knee-like’ approximation of Cherenkov light Lateral Distribution Functions, which we developed earlier, now is used for the actual tasks of background rejection methods for high energy (tens and hundreds of TeV) gamma-ray astronomy. In this work we implement this technique to the HiSCORE wide angle timing array consisting of Cherenkov light detectors with spacing of 100 m covering 0.2 km$^2$ presently and up to 5 km$^2$ in future. However, it can be applied to other similar arrays. We also show that the application of a multivariable approach (where 3 parameters of the knee-like approximation are used) allows us to reach a high level of background rejection, but it strongly depends on the number of hit detectors.

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A. Elshoukrofy, E. Postnikov and L. Sveshnikova
Tue, 28 Feb 17

Comments: 5 pages, 3 figures; proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Particle Physics and Astrophysics (ICPPA-2016)