Stability in energy reconstructions of the highest-energy cosmic rays measured by the surface detector of the Pierre Auger Observatory
Using the data of the Pierre Auger Observatory, this thesis illustrates the instability in surface detector energy reconstructions at low zenith angles via the use of two different, yet valid, lateral distribution functions. These instabilities are shown to result largely from a lack of information constraining the lateral distribution function fit at 1000 m from the shower axis, which is important for the determination of the energy estimator S1000. This lack of constraint is found to be a geometric effect attributed to the interplay between surface detector configuration and detector response. ...
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