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D.A. Bramel (Columbia University), L.M. Boone (UCSC), J. Carson (UCLA), E. Chae (University of Chicago), C.E. Covault (CWRU), P. Fortin (McGill University), D.M. Gingrich (University of Alberta), D.S. Hanna (McGill University), J.A. Hinton (University of Chicago), R. Mukherjee (Barnard College and Columbia University), C. Mueller (McGill University), R.A. Ong (UCLA), K. Ragan (McGill University), R.A. Scalzo (University of Chicago), D.R. Schuette (UCLA), C.G. Theoret (McGill University), D.A. Williams (UCSC), J. Wong, J. Zweerink (UCLA)
The Solar Tower Atmospheric Cherenkov Effect Experiment (STACEE) is a gamma-ray detector designed to study astrophysical sources at energies between 50 and 500 GeV. It uses 64 large, steerable mirrors at the National Solar Tower Test Facility near Albuquerque, NM, USA to collect Cherenkov light from extended air showers and concentrate it onto an array of photomultiplier tubes. The large light-collection area gives it a lower energy threshold than imaging-type Cherenkov detectors. STACEE is now fully operational, and we report here on the performance of the complete STACEE instrument, as well as preliminary results of recent observations of several AGN targets.
This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (under Grant Numbers PHY-9983836, PHY-0070927, and PHY-0070953), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Le Fond Quebecois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT), the Research Corporation, and the California Space Institute. CEC is a Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation.
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society,
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