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Early Results from TUS, the First Orbital Detector of Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays

TUS is the world's first orbital detector of extreme energy cosmic rays (EECRs), which operates as a part of the scientific payload of the Lomonosov satellite since May 19, 2016. TUS employs the nocturnal atmosphere of the Earth to register ultraviolet (UV) fluorescence and Cherenkov radiation from extensive air showers generated by EECRs as well as UV radiation from lightning strikes and transient luminous events, micro-meteors and space debris. The first months of its operation in orbit have demonstrated an unexpectedly rich variety of UV radiation in the atmosphere. We briefly review the design of TUS and present a few examples of events recorded in a mode dedicated to registering EECRs.

04.04.2017
Mikhail Zotov, for the Lomonosov-UHECR/TLE Collaboration
Arxiv.org (Submitted on 28 Mar 2017 (v1), last revised 2 Apr 2017 (this version, v2))

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