8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 34 Neutrinos and Cosmic Rays
Oral, Saturday, September 11, 2004, 2:00pm-3:26pm

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[34.03] Status and Performance of the Pierre Auger Observatory

J. Matthews (Louisiana State Univ. & Southern Univ.), Pierre Auger Observatory Collaboration

The Pierre Auger Observatory (PAO) is the largest cosmic ray detector ever built, covering over 3000 square kilometers in two hemispheres when complete. The device detects extensive air showers with both a surface array and an optical fluorescence telescope. It will study the highest energy cosmic rays, those with energies above 100 EeV (1020eV), whose origins are entirely unknown. The mechanisms responsible for such energies must be remarkable, yet the sources must also be relatively nearby (within 100 Mpc). The first data from the Observatory demonstrate good performance. We will review the status, performance, and data from PAO.

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