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The MAGIC-II Telescope is ready to team up

With its reflective area of 247 square meters, a second MAGIC telescope is now ready to commence operations

Together with the MAGIC-I telescope, MAGIC-2 allows stereoscopic observations using these two largest gamma-ray telescopes. Astronomers can explore sources of very-high energy gamma rays. The astrophysical study of particle acceleration processes in celestial objects could lead to fundamental insights into the dynamics of the so-called non-thermal Universe.

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The official inauguration of the Magic II telescope telescope in La Palma, set for the 19th of this month has been suspended, after German astrophysicist Florian Goebel died after falling eight metres from a service gantry.

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Title: The Camera of the MAGIC-II Telescope
Authors: C.C. Hsu, A. Dettlaff, D. Fink, F. Goebel, W. Haberer, J. Hose, R. Maier, R. Mirzoyan, W. Pimpl, O. Reimann, A. Rudert, P. Sawallisch, J. Schlammer, S. Schmidl, A. Stipp, M. Teshima

The MAGIC 17m diameter Cherenkov telescope will be upgraded with a second telescope within the year 2007. The camera of MAGIC-II will include several new features compared to the MAGIC-I camera. Photo-multipliers with the highest available photon collection efficiency have been selected. A modular design allows easier access and flexibility to test new photo-detector technologies. The camera will be uniformly equipped with 0.1 degree diameter pixels, which allows the use of an increased trigger area. Finally, the overall signal chain features a large bandwidth to retain the shape of the very fast Cherenkov signals.

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