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

[CRI244] Science of Mini-EUSO.


  • Marco CASOLINO

Primary authors



Mini-EUSO/UV-Atmosphera is a high-sensitivity, Ultraviolet (UV) detector to study and map UV emissions from the Earth and its atmosphere. The telescope will observe Earth in the nadir direction from the inside of the International Space Station. Mini-EUSO has the same multi-anode photomultiplier focal surface as the one used in the other EUSO detectors and an optics of two, 25 cm diameter Fresnel lenses. Science objectives of Mini-EUSO are: 1) the first high resolution map (6.5 km), night UV emission of Earth with unprecedented spatial and temporal (from 2.5 µs to second) resolution. 2) Study of atmospheric phenomena such as Transient luminous events, especially the onset period. 3) Study meteors and search for Strange Quark Matter. 4) study of marine bioluminescence. 5) Observe manmade debris in low Earth orbit. 6) detect artificial cosmic ray showers generated by ground lasers in the Earth’s atmosphere 7) Look for 1E21 eV cosmic ray events and detection of ground-based, laser generated showers. Technological objectives are: a) the first use of large area Fresnel lenses in space b) use of multianode photomultipliers for UV single photon counting c) use of multi-channel Silicon-Photomultiplier Array d) raising of the TRL (Technological Readiness Level) of the telescope for future missions like KLYPVE-EUSO. This include lenses, detector, front-end electronics etc…