The Large Aperture GRB Observatory (LAGO)The LAGO project is an international astrophysics and astroparticles project led by 23 institutions in 9 countries. It was founded in 2005 in a workshop in San Carlos de Bariloche, following a proposal presented at the RICH2004 in Mexico. The main idea of the project is to operate low cost Water Cherenkov Detectors at high mountain sites to look for Gamma Ray Bursts and study solar activity through the modulation of cosmic ray flux. The first detector was built in Bariloche in 2005 and the first to operate at high mountain site was built in Chacaltaya, Bolivia, in 2006.
Space project (FOG)The FOG project is intended to measure the atmosphere fluorescence from above, in order to estimate the noise that future space cosmic ray telescopes such as JEM/EUSO will face, and study atmospheric transients such as sprites and elves.
Victor Hugo Ponce TelescopeThe Victor Hugo Ponce telescope, named in the honor of a colleague of us for his 70 years, is a prototype for a novel cosmic ray detection method. It is expected that the secondaries electrons from a high energy cosmic ray cascade will finish loosing energy on neutral molecules of the atmosphere (molecular bremsstrahlung), emitting in GHz. Therefore, a GHz camera might detect the fast track of a cosmic ray cascade in the atmosphere.
Laboratory for Detection of Particles and Radiation
The laboratory is a joint effort from the Particles and Field group and the High Energy Technology and Research division.
Among the many projects developed in the lab, the main ones are:
- LAGO, the Large Aperture GRB Observatory, for which a Nexys2-based DAQ board was designed
- ASCII, an extension to the Pierre Auger Observatory based on scintillator detectors
- FOG, a satellite-borne fluorescence telescope to study the atmosphere from a GEO position
- Telescopio Victor Hugo Ponce, a prototype for GHz observation of Cosmic Rays
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