Title

The first VERITAS telescope

Published in:

Astroparticle Physics 25,6 (2006) 391-401;

Abstract

The first atmospheric Cherenkov telescope of VERITAS (the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) has been in operation since February 2005. We present here a technical description of the instrument and a summary of its performance. The calibration methods are described, along with the results of Monte Carlo simulations of the telescope and comparisons between real and simulated data. The analysis of TeV gamma-ray observations of the Crab Nebula, including the reconstructed energy spectrum, is shown to give results consistent with earlier measurements. The telescope is operating as expected and has met or exceeded all design specifications. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Keywords

gamma ray astronomy;; cherenkov telescopes;; tev gamma-rays;; atmospheric cherenkov telescope;; crab-nebula;; imaging technique;; system;; spectrum;; project

Date of this Version

January 2006

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