LAGO: Measuring Cosmic Rays in Latin America
Hernán Asorey, Centro Atómico Bariloche & Instituto Balseiro and Universidad Nacional de Río Negro
Avelino Vicente, U. Liège
The Latin American Giant Observatory (LAGO) is an extended cosmic ray observatory composed by a network of water-Cherenkov detectors (WCDs) spanning over different sites located at significantly different altitudes (from sea level up to more than 5000m a.s.l.) and latitudes across Latin America, covering a huge range of geomagnetic rigidity cut-offs and atmospheric absorption/reaction levels. This detection network is designed to measure the temporal evolution of the radiation flux at ground level with extreme detail.
The LAGO project is mainly oriented to perform basic research in three branches: high energy phenomena, space weather and atmospheric radiation at ground level. LAGO is built and operated by the LAGO Collaboration, a non-centralized collaborative union of more than 30 institutions from ten countries, and is aiming at developing Astroparticle Physics in Latin America.