12-20 July 2017
Asia/Seoul timezone
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BEXCO - Room F(201/202/203/204)

[CRI212] Autonomous RPCs for Cosmic Ray ground array



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We report on the behaviour of Resistive Plate Chambers (RPC) developed for muon detection in ultra-high energy cosmic ray (UHECR) experiments. RPCs were developed for the MARTA project and were tested on field conditions. These RPCs cover an area of 1.5 x 1.2 m^2 and are instrumented with 64 pickup electrodes providing a segmentation better than 20cm. By shielding the detector units with enough slant mass to absorb the electromagnetic component in the air showers, a clean measurement of the muon content is allowed, a concept to be implemented in a next generation of UHECR experiments. The operation of a ground array detector poses challenging demands, as the RPC must operate remotely under extreme environmental conditions, with limited budgets for power and minimal maintenance. The RPC, DAQ, High Voltage and monitoring systems are enclosed in an aluminium-sealed case, providing a compact and robust unit suited for outdoor environments, which can be easily deployed and connected. The RPCs developed at LIP-Coimbra are able to operate using very low gas flux, which allows running them for few years with a small gas reservoir. Several prototypes have already been built and tested both in laboratory and outdoors. We report on the most recent tests done at the field that show that the developed RPCs are operating in a stable way for more than 2 years in field conditions.