Parametrization of the angular distribution of Cherenkov light in air showers

Luan B. Arbeletche, Vitor de Souza
2021 European Physical Journal C: Particles and Fields  
AbstractThe Cherenkov light produced in air showers largely contributes to the signal observed in ground-based gamma-ray and cosmic-ray observatories. Yet, no description of this phenomenon is available covering both regions of small and large angles to the shower axis. To fill this gap, a parametrization of the angular distribution of Cherenkov photons is performed in terms of a physically-motivated parametric function. Model parameters are constrained using simulated gamma-ray and proton
more » ... rs with energies in the TeV to EeV region. As a result, a new parametrization is obtained that improves the precision of previous works. Results presented here can be used in the reconstruction of showers with imaging Cherenkov telescopes as well as in the reconstruction of shower profiles with fluorescence detectors.
doi:10.1140/epjc/s10052-021-08971-7 fatcat:hdz7tuwiorc73aynbbbeyxhtf4