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dc.contributor.advisorSarazin, Frederic
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, David R.
dc.contributor.committeememberWiencke, Lawrence
dc.contributor.committeememberGreife, Uwe
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T06:31:17Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T06:31:17Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.description2014 Spring.
dc.descriptionIncludes illustrations (some color), color maps.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 54-56).
dc.description.abstractUsing 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. The influence of low zenith angle instabilities in energy reconstruction on energy dependent studies is also demonstrated in the context of a point-source anisotropy scan.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.identifierT 7560
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11124/475
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado School of Mines. Arthur Lakes Library
dc.relation.ispartof2014 - Mines Theses & Dissertations
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectastroparticle physics
dc.subjectsurface detector
dc.subjectstability
dc.subjectPierre Auger Observatory
dc.subjectenergy reconstruction
dc.subject.lcshCosmic rays -- Measurement
dc.subject.lcshAstrophysics
dc.subject.lcshDetectors
dc.subject.lcshZenith distance
dc.subject.lcshAnisotropy
dc.titleStability in energy reconstructions of the highest-energy cosmic rays measured by the surface detector of the Pierre Auger Observatory
dc.typeText
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysics
thesis.degree.grantorColorado School of Mines
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.S.)


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