Sabina Puerckhauer (Germany)
puerck @ mpi-hd.mpg.de
Development of cameras for a Cherenkov telescope
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is an international project which uses earth-bound Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes to measure very-high energy photons interacting in our atmosphere. FlashCam is a PMT-based camera for the medium-sized telescopes of CTA and is an attempt to produce a robust, maintainable camera with full digital read-out via commercial FADCs and FPGAs as well as photomultiplier tubes to limit costs. The FlashCam group is now constructing the first prototype of the camera and started testing its functionality at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. The goal of this thesis is, in
a first step, to develop and characterise camera calibration devices which are then used for extensive prototype testing. Once the first CTA telescopes are installed at the final site, in a second step first data will be taken and subsequently analysed.
Supervisors: Werner Hofmann (MPIK)