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

[CRI195] Detector efficiency and exposure of Tunka-Rex for cosmic-ray air showers


  • Oleg FEDOROV

Primary authors


Tunka-Rex (Tunka Radio Extension) is an antenna array for cosmic-ray detection located in Siberia. Previous studies of cosmic rays with Tunka-Rex have shown high precision in determining the energy of the primary particle and the possibility to reconstruct the depth of the shower maximum. The next step is the reconstruction of the mass composition and the energy spectrum of cosmic rays. One of the main problems appearing within this task is to estimate the detection efficiency of the instrument, and the exposure of the observations. The detection efficiency depends on properties of the primary cosmic rays, such as energy and arrival direction, as well as on many parameters of the instrument: density of the array, efficiency of the receiving antennas, signal-detection threshold, data-acquisition acceptance, and trigger properties. More than that, the configuration of detector changes with time. During the measurements some parts of detector can provide corrupted data or sometimes do not operate. All these features should be taken into account for an estimation of the detection efficiency. For each run (measurements restart at 00:00 UTC every day) we define the effective area of the array by rejecting stations with untypical count rates or malfunctioning hardware. For each energy bin we estimate the solid angle in which the detector features full efficiency, i.e. the detection probability of cosmic ray above this energy and within this effective area is almost 100%. To estimate this probability we use a simple Monte Carlo model, which predicts the size of the footprint of the radio emission as function of the primary energy and arrival direction (taking into account the geometry of Earth’s magnetic field). Combining these approaches we calculate the event statistics and exposure for each run. This is the first accurate study of the exposure for irregular large-scale radio arrays, which takes into account all important features of detection, which will be used for the measurement of primary cosmic-ray spectra with Tunka-Rex.