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New camera for the 28-meter telescope of the H.E.S.S. array

The H.E.S.S. collaboration has upgraded its 600 square metre Cherenkov telescope with a new high-performance camera

The installation team on site in Namibia in front of the H.E.S.S. CT5 telescope with its new camera (October, 2019). Credit: C. Föhr/H.E.S.S. Collaboration

The camera is based on the FlashCam design, which has been developed for the use in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) by a consortium of university groups from Zürich, Tübingen, Erlangen, and Innsbruck, under the lead of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. With its high-quantum-efficiency light sensors and its sophisticated trigger and readout scheme, the new camera will further boost the performance of H.E.S.S.’s world’s largest Cherenkov telescope in the upcoming years of H.E.S.S. operation.


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