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

[CRI245] KLYPVE-EUSO: Science and UHECR observational capabilities


  • Marco CASOLINO

Primary authors


KLYPVE-EUSO aims to place a UHECR (Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Ray) observatory on board the International Space Station (ISS). The mission is led by Russian Space Agency with the detector being developed in the framework of the JEM-EUSO collaboration. The current design is based on a Schmidt optics and a Multi-Anode-Photomultiplier focal surface which increases about ten times the field of view of the original KLYPVE design. The launch of the experiment is scheduled to 2022 with at least two years of operations, to be prolonged in case of an ISS extension. KLYPVE-EUSO will be the first detector to observe the whole UHECR sky uniformly, covering both hemispheres thanks to the orbit of the ISS. KLYPVE-EUSO will detect 8000 events above 1E19eV and over 1600 events above 5.7E19 eV (the energy threshold used for hotspot and anisotropy search). This is sufficient to perform two vital observations that cannot be achieved by the existing ground-based experiments alone: 1. To independently confirm (or rule out) the presence of hotspots in the northern and southern hemispheres, and compare their spectral indexes. Search for new hotspots. 2. To study possible UHECR anisotropies over various angular scales, including possible correlation to nearby large-scale extragalactic structures (~40 degrees), Milky-Way related features, and dipole-type anisotropy. Other science objectives that we will discuss are the study of meteors, the search for strange quark matter and the debris remediation in space.