AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 21. Very High Energy Gamma-ray and Neutrino Astronomy
Special Session Oral, Monday, June 3, 2002, 10:00-11:30am, Mesilla

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[21.01] Status of the STACEE Experiment and Recent Observations.

P. Fortin (McGill University), L.M. Boone (UCSC), D. Bramel (Barnard College and Columbia University), J. Carson (UCLA), E. Chae (University of Chicago), C.E. Covault (CWRU), 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 ground-based gamma-ray telescope designed to study astrophysical sources of gamma rays in the energy range from 50 to 500 GeV. STACEE uses an array of 64 heliostat mirrors at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility in New Mexico to collect Cherenkov light generated by extended air showers and concentrate it onto cameras composed of photomultiplier tubes. The full STACEE experiment is now complete and started observations in October 2001. The telescope has a lower energy threshold than previous prototype due to superior triggering and electronics, including flash ADCs for every channel. Here we will discuss the performance of the complete instrument and present preliminary results of selected observations.

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, FCAR (Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l'Aide à la Recherche), the Research Corporation and the California Space Institute. CEC is a Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: fortin@physics.mcgill.ca

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