Title

Terrestrial gamma flashes at ground level - TETRA-II

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

11-10-2017

Abstract

An upgraded version of the TGF and Energetic Thunderstorm Rooftop Array (TETRA-II) consists of an array of BGO scintillators to detect bursts of gamma rays from thunderstorms at ground level in four separate locations: the campus of the University of Puerto Rico at Utuado; the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the Severe Weather Institute and Radar & Lightning Laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama; and the Centro Nacional de Metrologia de Panama (CENAMEP) in Panama City, Panama. TETRA-II began operation in May 2016. The original TETRA-I array of NaI scintillators at Louisiana State University detected 37 millisecond-scale bursts of gamma rays at energies 50 keV-2 MeV associated with nearby (< 8 km) thunderstorms. When TETRA-II is fully operational, it will have approximately an order of magnitude greater sensitivity than TETRA-I. The ability to observe ground-level Terrestrial Gamma Flashes from close to the source allows a unique analysis of the storm cells producing these events. A brief description of the TETRA-I observations, a description of TETRA-II, and preliminary results will be presented.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

2017 32nd General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science, URSI GASS 2017

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