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The development of simulation and atmospheric shower reconstruction tools for the study of future Cherenkov Imaging telescopes

Abstract : The future of ground based gamma-ray astronomy lies in large arrays of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes with better capabilities: lower energy threshold, higher sensitivity, better resolution and background rejection. The design of IACT systems and the optimisation of their parameters requires an understanding of the atmospheric showers as well as dedicated tools for the simulation of telescope systems and the evaluation of their performance. The first part of this dissertation deals with atmospheric showers, the various properties of the Cherenkov light they emit and their simulation. The second part presents the tools we have developed for the simulation of imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes and the characteristics of the shower images obtained by them. The third part of this thesis contains a presentation of the tools developed for the reconstruction of the source position in the sky, core position on the ground and energy of the gamma-rays as well as ideas for gamma-hadron separation. In the end, we use these tools to study two large arrays of telescopes at two altitudes and evaluate their performance for gamma-ray detection.
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Saeeda Sajjad. The development of simulation and atmospheric shower reconstruction tools for the study of future Cherenkov Imaging telescopes. Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.CO]. Université Montpellier II - Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, 2007. English. ⟨tel-00408835⟩

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