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Holder, J. and Atkins, R. W. and Badran, H. M. and Blaylock, G. and Bradbury, S. M. and Buckley, J. H. and Byrum, K. L. and Carter-Lewis, D. A. and Celik, O. and Chow, Y. C. K. and Cogan, P. and Cui, W. and Daniel, M. K. and Perez, I. de la Calle and Dowdall, C. and Dowkontt, P. and Duke, C. and Falcone, A. D. and Fegan, S. J. and Finley, J. P. and Fortin, P. and Fortson, L. F. and Gibbs, K. and Gillanders, G. and Glidewell, O. J. and Grube, J. and Gutierrez, K. J. and Gyuk, G. and Hall, J. and Hanna, D. and Hays, E. and Horan, D. and Hughes, S. B. and Humensky, T. B. and Imran, A. and Jung, I. and Kaaret, P. and Kenny, G. E. and Kieda, D. and Kildea, J. and Knapp, J. and Krawczynski, H. and Krennrich, F. and Lang, M. J. and LeBohec, S. and Linton, E. and Little, E. K. and Maier, G. and Ma
The first VERITAS telescope
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The first atmospheric Cherenkov telescope of VERITAS (the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) has been in operation since February 2005. We present here a technical description of the instrument and a summary of its performance. The calibration methods are described, along with the results of Monte Carlo simulations of the telescope and comparisons between real and simulated data. The analysis of TeV gamma-ray observations of the Crab Nebula, including the reconstructed energy spectrum, is shown to give results consistent with earlier measurements. The telescope is operating as expected and has met or exceeded all design specifications. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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