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1. chinaXiv:201609.00871 [pdf]

Development of Yangbajing air shower core detector array for a new EAS hybrid experiment

LIU Jin-Sheng; HUANG Jing; CHEN Ding; ZHZNG Ying; ZHAI Liu-Ming; CHEN Xu; HU Xiao-Bin; LIN Yu-Hui; ZHANG Xue-Yao; FENG Cun-Feng; JIA Huan-Yu; ZHOU Xun-Xiu; ANZENGLUOBU; CHEN Tian-Lu; LI Hai-Jin; LIU Mao-Yuan; YUAN Ai-Fang
Subjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

Aiming at the observation of cosmic-ray chemical composition at the "knee" energy region, we have been developinga new type air-shower core detector (YAC, Yangbajing Air shower Core detector array) to be set up at Yangbajing (90.522??E, 30.102??N, 4300 m above sea level, atmospheric depth: 606 g/m2) in Tibet, China. YAC works together with the Tibet air-shower array (Tibet-III) and an underground water cherenkov muon detector array (MD) as a hybrid experiment. Each YAC detector unit consists of lead plates of 3.5 cm thick and a scintillation counter which detects the burst size induced by high energy particles in the air-shower cores. The burst size can be measured from 1 MIP (Minimum Ionization Particle) to?106?MIPs. The first phase of this experiment, named "YAC-I", consists of 16 YAC detectors each having the size 40 cm?×?50 cm and distributing in a grid with an effective area of 10 m2. YAC-I is used to check hadronic interaction models. The second phase of the experiment, called "YAC-II", consists of 124 YAC detectors with coverage about 500 m2. The inner 100 detectors of 80 cm?×?50 cm each are deployed in a 10?×?10 matrix from with a 1.9 m separation and the outer 24 detectors of 100 cm?×?50 cm each are distributed around them to reject non-core events whose shower cores are far from the YAC-II array. YAC-II is used to study the primary cosmic-ray composition, in particular, to obtain the energy spectra of proton, helium and iron nuclei between 5×1013?eV and?1016?eV covering the "knee" and also being connected with direct observations at energies around 100 TeV. We present the design and performance of YAC-II in this paper.

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2. chinaXiv:201608.00216 [pdf]

Performance of new 8-inch photomultiplier tube used for the Tibet muon-detector array

Ying Zhang; Jing Huang; Ding Chen; Liu-Ming Zhai; Xu Chen; Xiao-Bin Hu; Yu-Hui Lin; Hong-Bo Jin; Xue-Yao Zhang; Cun-Feng Feng: Huan-Yu Jia; Xun-Xiu Zhou; DANZENGLUOBU; Tian-Lu Chen; LABACIREN; Mao-Yuan Liu; Qi Gao; ZHAXICIREN
Subjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

A new hybrid experiment has been constructed to measure the chemical composition of cosmic rays around the "knee" in the wide energy range by the Tibet ASγ?collaboration at Tibet, China, since 2014. They consist of a high-energy air-shower-core array (YAC-II), a high-density air-shower array (Tibet-III) and a large underground water-Cherenkov muon-detector array (MD). In order to obtain the primary proton, helium and iron spectra and their "knee" positions in the energy range lower than?1016?eV, each of PMTs equipped to the MD cell is required to measure the number of photons capable of covering a wide dynamic range of 100 -?106?photoelectrons (PEs) according to Monte Carlo simulations. In this paper, we firstly compare the characteristic features between R5912-PMT made by Japan Hamamatsu and CR365-PMT made by Beijing Hamamatsu. This is the first comparison between R5912-PMT and CR365-PMT. If there exists no serious difference, we will then add two 8-inch-in-diameter PMTs to meet our requirements in each MD cell, which are responsible for the range of 100 - 10000 PEs and 2000 - 1000000 PEs, respectively. That is, MD cell is expected to be able to measure the number of muons over 6 orders of magnitude.

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3. chinaXiv:201608.00214 [pdf]

Sensitivity of YAC to measure the light-component spectrum of primary cosmic rays at the 'knee' energies

L M Zhai; J Huang; D Chen M Shibata; Y Katayose; Ying Zhang; J S Liu; Xu Chen; X B Hu; Y H Lin
Subjects: Physics >> Nuclear Physics

A new air-shower core-detector array (YAC : Yangbajing Air-shower Core-detector array) has been developed to measure the primary cosmic-ray composition at the "knee" energies in Tibet, China, focusing mainly on the light components. The prototype experiment (YAC-I) consisting of 16 detectors has been constructed and operated at Yangbajing (4300 m a.s.l.) in Tibet since May 2009. YAC-I is installed in the Tibet-III AS array and operates together. In this paper, we performed a Monte Carlo simulation to check the sensitivity of YAC-I+Tibet-III array to the cosmic-ray light component of cosmic rays around the knee energies, taking account of the observation conditions of actual YAC-I+Tibet-III array. The selection of light component from others was made by use of an artificial neural network (ANN). The simulation shows that the light-component spectrum estimated by our methods can well reproduce the input ones within 10\% error, and there will be about 30\% systematic errors mostly induced by the primary and interaction models used. It is found that the full-scale YAC and the Tibet-III array is powerful to study the cosmic-ray composition, in particular, to obtain the energy spectra of protons and helium nuclei around the knee energies.

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